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Just Picked TX, a New Presence for Local Food

Photo: Amanda Vanhoozier, Just Picked (left), and Amanda Austin, CFM Manager (right) at the 2017 Texas Organic Farmers and Growers Conference

 

If you’ve lived in Coppell anytime in the past 20 years and have been involved in its active outdoor education, gardening, or farmers market scene you’ve probably met the woman who had a major hand in making it all happen: Amanda Vanhoozier. Amanda, once a city employee, is a sought-after community organizer and the author of a...   | Read More

Preserving Tomatoes

What if you could open a jar of tomato sauce in December that has the same vibrant flavor as the heirloom tomatoes you can find this summer at the CFM?  Flavor that you know is all natural because you put it there yourself?  Gather a bushel or a peck this Saturday and practice a few preservation techniques: freezing, oven drying, and canning.

Freezing: To remove tomato skins, put the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds.  Take them out,...   | Read More

Visiting the Farms that Feed Us

Since the market’s conception in 2003, site visits have helped us build community with our farmers and producers, and just as importantly, they’ve allowed us teach farmers market shoppers about the source of their food.

During these visits we learn about our vendor’s practices, and their dedication to local food. The CFM steering committee and market manager are committed to visiting each farmer on as many as three separate occasions (once each spring, summer and fall). ...   | Read More

D-Bar Farm

Farm Photo Essay: Weathertop Farm, Cardo’s Sprout Farm, and D-Bar Farm

In order to learn more about our market’s farmers, their practices, and their dedication to local food, the CFM steering committee and market manager are committed to visiting each veggie producer.  Since the market’s conception in 2003, site visits have helped us build community with our farmers, and just as importantly, they’ve allowed us teach farmers market shoppers about the source of their food. In the past month CFM committee members and staff visited Weathertop Farm, Cardo’s...   | Read More

Photo Essay: Fisher Family Farm

***When we carefully selected images to share and wrote this article last Friday, no one could have imagined that a tornado would sweep through on Saturday,  April 29th and alter the landscape. Follow Fisher Family Farm on Facebook for updates  and to lend support as they recover from the storm. ***

 

In order to learn more about our market’s farmers, their practices, and their dedication to local food, the CFM steering committee and market manager are committed to...   | Read More

A Change in Leadership

For the first time in many years the Coppell Farmers Market will undergo a change in leadership. Members of CFM staff and steering committee are honored to have had the opportunity to work with outgoing committee chair, Karen Pearsall Gillham, for over seven successful years. Incoming committee chair, Peggy Rosson, has been working alongside Karen since January of this year, and the baton was officially passed last Wednesday, April 19th, during a Coppell Farmers Market committee...   | Read More

Collaboration at its Best

What do you get when you put a farmer and a chef under one roof? The most delicious quiche. The Coppell Farmers Market has a pretty strait forward mission: to foster a community gathering place with local food production at its center. So, our hearts throbbed when the talents of two particular vendors, Fisher Family Farm and Joe the Baker, came together last week.

I first caught wind of their collaboration when Joe Baker, trained pastry chef and owner of Joe the Baker, LLC, posted a...   | Read More

Pasture- Raised Eggs

All farmers and ranchers at the Coppell Farmers Market take pride in raising their laying hens on pasture, and this time of year they are bringing an abundance of eggs to sell. One might ask “What does the term “pasture-raised” mean?”

It’s hard to sift through the continually changing marketing jargon to know what’s best for us, especially when it comes to food. First there was cage-free, then free range. Then we learned that both terms were misleading. Now,...   | Read More

Eggs

Chickens and Eggs

Customers comment that the eggs at the CFM don’t look like those in the grocery store. This is a direct result of varieties of hens running around outside, foraging on the land out in the pasture grasses.

A few years ago, Pat Daly researched the types of hens laying for our market. Most of the hens belong to breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association. The recognized breeds include:

Ameraucana – developed from the Araucana and other breeds and recently recognized by...   | Read More
CFM Pavilion

Coming back to the Coppell Farmers Market

By Janet Rensmeyer, Farmers Market Committee Member

“What keeps me coming back to the Coppell Farmers Market?”

I was asked this question recently and it made me smile and laugh. My first thoughts were: the market is pretty, full of colors, freshness of the outdoors, people chatting, and everyone is smiling and enjoying the morning. It’s a social time in the community. I always see friends and neighbors. It started to become a part of my world on a weekly basis.

I like to...   | Read More

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