Archive for April, 2014

Mustard Greens & Hollandaise

Spring means that hens are ramping up their egg production, so a recipe using spring greens and eggs together seems logical. Dallas resident Kelly Yandell participates in the local food scene, shops at farmers markets, raises a family, and blogs about it all. This is one of her many recipes:

INGREDIENTS:

2 slices thick cut smoked bacon 1 slice of thick crusty white bread 1 egg 1 big handful of mustard greens, cut into chunks ¼ of a medium onion, chopped 1 clove of...   | Read More

New Website Rolls Out

Everything is springing up new with the Coppell Farmers Market! To complement the new location, after months of hard work the marketing committee rolled out the new website last week. Only the website address, www.coppellfarmersmarket.org, remains the same; everything about it is new and fresh, ready for user-friendly viewing!

Led by Marca Hiller on this winter long project, the marketing committee studied other farmers market websites and our own previous site to see what was working...   | Read More

Roasted Root Salad

INGREDIENTS

A great spring salad! Learn to use those root veggies in a delicious way and learn to substitute freely with what’s available from the farmers market. Julia Mueller blogs and shares nutrient-rich recipes that are primarily centered around vegetables and meat. She rarely uses wheat so many recipes are gluten-free. An upcoming cookbook is all about using kale.

 

For the Salad:

1 medium turnip, peeled and chopped into 1.5″ pieces

2...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – April 19

What’s fresh at the market now includes tomatoes, grown and ripened in the ground! Committee members were also surprised to find them this early. The Dead End Farm family uses frost cloth with long strings of old fashioned large, warm Christmas lights underneath to keep the plants warm and the tomatoes growing despite the late cold weather. Leafy greens and lettuces are growing larger in size. Cruciferous vegetables include kale, arugula, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, Swiss chard, mustard...   | Read More

Certified Organic Explained

Several farmers at the Coppell Farmers Market use sustainable farming methods. The label of Certified Organic can only be used after certification by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) or other certifying organization. For example, Good Earth Organic Farm is certified organic through the California Certified Organic Farmers. This is a farmers association, as well as a certification body. Pure Land Organic near McKinney is in the process of obtaining certification through...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – April 26

Tatsoi and broccoli rabe were added to the mix of leafy greens. Lots of lettuce types are now available. Cruciferous vegetables include kale, arugula, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and collards. If some of the cruciferous seem a bit strong for your family to eat raw, cut them in strips and mix in with other salad greens. Most cruciferous can also be cooked. Also find sprouts, spinach, mizuna, and mixed salad greens plus homemade dressings and spices. Cilantro is...   | Read More

Water Concerns

Water needs vary by the time of the year and the type of agricultural product being raised. All agricultural producers welcome the slow rains that soak deep into the soil, taking the roots down below the scorching shallow soil areas. Stressed fields and pastures respond immediately to a good gentle rain in a way they don’t with irrigation from a processed water source.

What do our growers do when the rain does not occur when needed? Some have catch ponds that capture runoff...   | Read More

Vendor Approval Process

Coppell Farmers Market hosts a variety of producers each Saturday morning. This doesn’t happen by accident. Vendors go through a process to be admitted to the market line up for a booth assignment, and ongoing review and annual renewal process to continue to come.

Most vendors report they heard about this market by word of mouth from other vendors or visitors to the market. They then inquire about the online application process and fill out and submit an application found on the...   | Read More

Value Added Products

Many of the vendors at the Coppell Farmers Market bring value added products. What does this mean? The simple definition is taking a basic agricultural product and adding to it for variety and value.

CJ Singleton of Good Spice sells pepper seasonings and nuts to which he adds chili, onion, garlic, and citrus fruits that he personally dehydrates for vibrant flavors. He has taken this a step further by capturing the resulting lemon and lime juices, adding maple sweetening and...   | Read More

Livestock Challenges

The Coppell Farmers Market ranchers and farmers bring meats or products from six different livestock animals: cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, and goats. The growers described similar and unique difficulties to overcome in growing the varied livestock.

After acquisition of an appropriately sized area of land for the breed, the pasture, paddock, or pen must furnish safety against predators. Coyotes are a problem for all of these species, including the young of the larger animals, but those...   | Read More

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