Archive for May, 2014

Strawberry Soup

This recipe comes courtesy of Paul Wackym’s mother out in South Carolina. She served it at Easter dinner this year. Paul is our fabulous cookie guy . . . so now we know where he gets at least some of his creativity.

 

Ingredients:

3 cup sliced strawberries

1 cup sugar

¾ cup water

2 tsp arrowroot

1 cup red wine

1 cup orange juice

2 cup sour cream

 

Directions:

Bring to boil, and...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – May 31

Consistent spring weather brings great news for market attendees.  All the regular produce farmers are now back at the market, broadening the produce selection greatly. Farmers bring what they find ready to pick on Friday so there may be some surprises. Some produce is raised organically, others sustainably but not organic, some use conventional practices. Ask the farmer if this is important to your family.

Larken Farms has peaches that can be smelled from afar they are so ripe and...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – May 24

Early shoppers may find red potatoes, garlic scapes, green beans, squash, English peas, and strawberries so shop first thing for these. Peaches, blackberries, blueberries, and tomatoes probably won’t be here yet, but the late cold spells have made this spring hard to predict. Famers bring what they find ready to pick on Friday so there may be some surprises. Look for cut flowers for the first time this season and enjoy a sorbet while you shop.

Many lettuce types are around and a...   | Read More

Eight Salad Dressings

The fat-soluble vitamins found in salad greens absolutely demand that salads be eaten with dressings containing some fat so the body can access those nutrients. Since lettuces and greens are still the dominant produce at the Coppell FM, here is a link to 8 healthy dressings. Dominique Allmon writes the blog Passionately Raw! which explains the raw food diet in simple terms, and how adding any amount of raw food can lead to health benefits. She loves...   | Read More

Extending the Sales Season

The Coppell Farmers Market is a local seasonal market which means customers won’t find everything that grows in north central Texas all the time. Produce that is ready for picking now is at the market. Summer tomatoes and melons won’t be found in May. Neither will the winter squashes that were around in November. Fruit like plentiful berries and peaches might be available in late May, having been delayed by late cold snaps.

This also means our farmers sometimes find gaps in what...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – May 17

Late spring vegetables are coming on strong now, complemented by humanely raised meats and artisan foods. Ranchers bring pastured, grass raised and finished beef and lamb, pastured pork, free range chicken and eggs, goat and cow artisan cheeses, and Texas Gulf seafood. Note that eggs are plentiful!

Artisan bakeries bring pies, breads, rolls, cookies and French macaroons.  Other artisan producers bring a wide spectrum of honey, pasta, granola and other grains, chips, salsa, tamales,...   | Read More

Noodle Soup with Tatsoi and Bok Choy 

According to Mary, blogger at One Perfect Bite, “the broth is used to poach chicken and an assortment of Asian vegetables until they are tender but still retain their crunch. The vegetables used here are the leaves and stems of bok choy, or Chinese cabbage, and a vegetable called tatsoi, which is a member of the mustard family that has spinach-like leaves that have some tang . . . The soup is built in layers in bowls that are chock full of noodles and...   | Read More

handmade soaps

Find Mother’s Day Joy at the Coppell FM

Mothers have their special day this weekend so find some unique edibles for Mom at this week’s market. Everything needed for preparing breakfast in bed can be found at the Coppell FM from coffee to eggs to bacon to breads or croissants with butter and jelly to top it off. Instant oatmeal is another child-friendly dish to offer Mom. If your family is especially ambitious in spoiling Mommy, round up all the ingredients for a wonderfully seasonal dinner with healthy pastured meats or Gulf...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – May 10

The first sightings of green beans, squash, and maybe strawberries are around in limited supply so shop early. The warming weather will be bringing these on in larger quantities soon. Farms are still in recovery from the sporadic wide swings in this spring’s weather.

Find a wide variety of lettuces: green and red leaf, green and red Bibb, sweet lettuce mix, new fire red, and five star mix. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, kale, arugula, bok choy, Swiss chard, mustard greens,...   | Read More

The Seasons of Food

The Coppell Farmers Market is a seasonal, local market. This means a product found in June may not be available in November. While a three year old little boy looking for “boo berries” last March didn’t understand why blueberries wouldn’t be back for a long time, most customers now realize this although they may be disappointed the blueberries are gone until next May.

What some don’t understand is that cooler weather doesn’t mean all cool weather produce is suddenly...   | Read More

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