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In the heart of the North Dallas, look no further than Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church for one of the best farmers markets in the area.
Supported and run by the church, Saint Michael’s Farmers Market has always attracted high-end food producers such as Dolci Creazioni (Italian ready-to-heat) and Becerra’s Tamales (so light and fluffy, the best I’ve encountered). These are good matches to the neighborhood, which has a track record of interest in quality food and convenience. (Within a short distance are two Central Markets and two Whole Foods Markets plus a bevy of other grocers and gourmet specialty shops.)
It has taken longer for the farmers market to shore up its fresh offerings. But this season with the likes of Braga Farms, the Promise of Peace Gardens, Baugh Farms, Tree Folk Farm and Aussie Acres (lamb, chicken and eggs), to name a few, the imbalance is disappearing. Last Saturday, Dr. Blueberry and Winona Orchards from East Texas were also on hand, supplying organic blues and peaches respectively.
Jill Braga and son Jefferson Braga were on hand last week with produce from their urban Braga Farms in Irving at St. Michael’s Farmers Market.
Among the artisan vendors, it was great to see newbie Matt Bresnan with his Bresnan Bread and Pastry, maker of alluring croissants and sourdough loaves. The chef at the Food Co. catering outfit plans to sell at the farmers market throughout the season, although not every Saturday — and not this coming Saturday. But he’ll be back the following week.
Stephanie Magilow, co-creator of Jammit Jams, was introducing Mockingbird Gourmet Co., a new line of hyper-locally-sourced, small-batch jams, which name each farm on the labels.
Stephanie Magilow’s small-batch Mockingbird Gourmet Co. jams at St. Michael’s Farmers Market include the names of the locals farms where the fruit is grown.
Everbloom Fields was selling fresh-cut local flowers, in step with the latest farmers market trend.
Stocks & Bondy stocks and soups, Butterfield Gourmet ready-to-heat potpies, Slices by the Pound pound cakes and grab-and-go goodies from the Naturally Curly Cook (kolaches and more) are just a few of the many outstanding offerings at Saint Michael’s.
There are simply too many to list.
Fortunately, Saint Michael’s website does that for you. You can savor the possibilities with a full list of vendors before making your mouthwatering Saturday sojourn.
Saint Michael’s Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. North parking lot, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas. saintmichaelsmarket.com.
Potpies, like this chicken (left) and roasted tomato, are the bread-and butter of Butterfield Gourmet’s ready-to-heat dishes at St. Michael’s Farmers Market.
Clearfork Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth (The Trailhead at Clearfork). farmersmarket1848.com.
Coppell Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays. 768 W. Main St., off Bethel Road. 972-304-7043. coppellfarmersmarket.org.
Cowtown Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, under the tents in the parking lot of Texas Outdoors, on the Weatherford traffic circle (the confluence of U.S. 377, State Highway 183 and Camp Bowie). 817-763-0193. Facebook: Cowtown Farmers Market.
Dallas Farmers Market: The Shed, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Monday-Thursday. The Market food hall, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Fridays). 1010 S. Pearl Expressway. 214-664-9110. dallasfarmersmarket.org.
Edens Organic Garden Center and CSA Farm: Market days, 9 a.m. to noon first, third and fifth Saturdays through December. 4710 Pioneer Road, Balch Springs. edensorganicfarm.com.
Farmers Branch Market: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. The Grove at Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch. farmersbranchmarket.com.
Farmers Market of Grapevine: 325 S. Main St. Year-round store: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 520 S. Main. farmersmarketofgrapevine.com.
Frisco Fresh Market: Outdoor market 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Main Street at Frisco Street, adjacent to the east side parking lot of Toyota Stadium, Frisco. friscofreshmarket.com.
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 8821 4th St., Frisco. friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com.
Four Seasons Market-Carrollton: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. 2722 N. Josey Lane. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Casa Linda: Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Casa Linda Plaza, 9440 Garland Road, Dallas. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Colleyville: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 100 Main St., Colleyville. fourseasonsmarkets.com
Four Seasons Market-Flower Mound: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 1500 Cross Timbers Road. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Highland Village: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. 2230 Justin Road. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Las Colinas: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 7701 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. Fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Richardson: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Dal-Rich Towne Square, 101 S. Coit Road. Fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Georgia’s Farmers Market: Open daily. 916 15th St., Plano. 972-516-4765. Facebook: Georgia’s Farmers Market.
Grand Prairie Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Market Square, 121 W. Main St. gptx.org.
Historic McKinney Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays. Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972-562-8790. chestnutsquare.org.
Lakewood Village Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Mockingbird at Abrams, Dallas. goodlocalmarkets.org.
Lancaster Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., second Saturdays. Historic Town Square, 112 E. Cedar St. Lancaster-tx.com (search for "Lancaster Market")
Local Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of the month through June, then September through November. Highland Park Village, Preston Road at Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Hpvillage.com/LOCAL.
Lola’s Local Market: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Home of Lola the pig. 1771 Kever Main (off State Highway 5), Melissa. Facebook: Lola’s Local Market.
Luscombe Farm Market: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday. 8649 Luscombe Farm Drive, Anna. 214-212-0814. luscombefarm.com.
Ridgmar Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays. 900 State Highway 183 N. (across from Ridgmar Mall), Fort Worth. 817-246-7525.
Rockwall Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays. 101 Rusk St., historic downtown Rockwall square. rockwallfarmersmarket.org.
Saint Michael’s Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. North parking lot, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas. saintmichaelsmarket.com.
West Plano Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Corner of Plano Parkway and Chapel Hill. The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd. Facebook: Red Tent Markets.
White Rock Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Lake Pointe Church, 9150 Garland Road, Dallas. goodlocalmarkets.org.