Archive for April, 2014

Gluten Free Offerings

Several artisan vendors at the Coppell Farmers Market offer gluten free choices in addition to their other products.

The Tamale Company, and Ipanema Cheese Breads (Winter Market vendor) produce only gluten free products. Those are great go-to booths for shopping without concerns because everything is prepared in gluten free commercial kitchens.

Custom Café Foods, Grapevine Grains and Lucido’s Pasta offer some gluten free products. Note these are not prepared in gluten free...   | Read More

Food for Children’s Thought

Saturdays at the Coppell Farmers Market create real family outings. Children wander through the booths, parents visit with their friends, and local farmers sell their wares and give advice about healthy eating. Youngsters are beginning to learn that carrots come from the ground rather than plastic packages, that salad greens grow in several varieties, and that making cheese is an art rather than a process of unwrapping an individual package found in the refrigerator.

As youngsters...   | Read More

Eggs

Eggs

Eggs are generally plentiful in spring at the Coppell Farmers Market. Our farmers and ranchers really do listen to the needs of patrons. After high customer demand and drought led to previous egg shortages, producers with laying hens added to their hen populations. Factor in typically gorgeous spring pasture for foraging and pleasant weather conditions, and the hens will happily lay lots of eggs. This probable heavy production will slow down when hot weather arrives, but the ranchers hope...   | Read More

Challenges of Agriculture

The Coppell Farmers Market welcomes a diverse group of farmers each week. By market criteria, they grow and harvest within 150 miles of Coppell, covering counties in all directions out from our community. As a result, they face similar challenges when the weather pattern across the area is consistent and yet have been affected differently by the recent extreme spring weather. Various other challenges face them individually depending on their particular crops.

A farm 90 miles west of...   | Read More

Awards with Ongoing Significance

In 2012, the City of Coppell received two prestigious state awards. Although many citizens may not realize the connection, the Coppell Farmers Market was a contributing factor in both awards. The City of Coppell was awarded The Texas Environmental Excellence Award for its efforts to protect the Texas environment. The award recognizes the City’s innovative policies to conserve water and other resources, plant naturally, recycle – and help its citizens do the same. One component is...   | 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 TDA. ...   | Read More

Awards with Ongoing Significance

In 2012, the City of Coppell received two prestigious state awards. Although many citizens may not realize the connection, the Coppell Farmers Market was a contributing factor in both awards. The City of Coppell was awarded The Texas Environmental Excellence Award for its efforts to protect the Texas environment. The award recognizes the City’s innovative policies to conserve water and other resources, plant naturally, recycle – and help its citizens do the same. One component is...   | Read More

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