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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 strawberry, blueberry, or sage flavors for fresh lemonade and limeade at his booth.

Hiram Farm makes pesto, but notice the selection made seasonally: artichoke, cilantro, basil, and roasted red pepper using farmers market vegetables. They also make main dishes and sides, packaged for single serve use or larger. Approved under the Cottage Food law, these vary every Saturday.

WeMe brings more than just breads. The selection is a surprise as she takes advantage of whatever surplus produce she finds that week. Homemade pimento cheese is usually a choice, however.

How could butter be value added? Jill Holden of Sundance Farm adds honey to some of her butter, a sweet addition to one of her warm scones or breakfast bread. Her jams and jellies are made from fresh produce.

Lisa Lucido’s whole line of pasta, ravioli and sauces are considered value added. Likewise for the breads that show up on any given Saturday.

Biscuit Head Baking Company makes a variety of dog treats from human-grade ingredients.

Abundantly Aromatic’s soap and candle line is another example of value added products. Renee Mitchell makes her own soaps and candles but adds agricultural products to them for the scent, like her soaps with added sage or lavender. The agricultural addition makes her a viable selection as a regular vendor.

As you stroll the market, notice other valued added products. Like most of our farmers market, many of these are seasonal and change through the year.

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