Archive for July, 2014

What’s Fresh – August 2

Although the dog days of summer are upon us, customers can keep cool eating the peaches and blueberries that will continue for weeks, since the farmers amended their report from last week. Weather makes such a difference!

Also find juicy pears, apples, perhaps grapes and figs, Israeli melons, Nubus melons, Eden’s gem heirloom variety, Sarah’s choice cantaloupe, and Stars and Stripes, Delta, and seedless watermelons.

A recent surprise addition to the produce mix are some...   | Read More

Market Reaching New Heights in Attendance

The Coppell Farmers Market committee and vendors have reported that they have noticed a surge in customers with the new location. The data backs up that guess. On July 19, volunteers conducting the annual customer (and dog) count recorded 2,024 customers of all ages (and 85 dogs) visited the market, up from 1,381 customers a year ago – a jump of almost 700 folks! There are also 41 vendors that support the Coppell Farmers Market by bringing their fresh produce and products every week!...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – July 26

Fruit choices have expanded to include locally grown Israeli melons, cantaloupe, watermelons, blueberries, plums, pears, grapes, figs, and apples. This might be the last week for peaches, so buy them now.

A wide variety of brightly colored summer vegetables, greens, and fresh herbs are available. Customers who think eggplant is only large and purple need to check these out at the market. Local eggplant varieties go from deep purple to lavender to white, large to small, round to...   | Read More

Preserving Peaches

Canning – Hot Water Bath Canning (High Acid) (high acid foods ‐ jams, jellies, preserves, salsa, pickles, basic tomatoes)

Equipment: Large pot with rack Jar lifter Lid lifter Non‐metallic spatula Canning Funnel (nice to have)

Step 1: Check and Prep your jars Wash jars and lids in hot soapy water. Rinse, but do not dry. Check jars for seal. Lids and jars should be kept hot until you’re ready to use them: place jars on rack in canner, fill with cool water and bring to...   | Read More

Lions Club of Coppell Community Information Station

On July 12, 2014, the Coppell Farmers Market welcomed the addition of a new Community Information Station presented by the Lions Club of Coppell where patrons of the market will find a host of information about what’s happening in Coppell. Look for the wooden upright stand. The Lions Club of Coppell designed and built the stand to hold information on multiple city activities like the Parks & Recreation programs, the Senior Center seasonal magazine, nature trails, library events, and...   | Read More

Veggie Valet

Making several trips to your car?  Wondering how you will carry your watermelon through the farmers market?

The Coppell Farmers Market now offers “Veggie Valet” for customers with heavy purchases.  This free service is sponsored by volunteers from the Coppell High School National Honor Society. Look for a teen next to plastic bins on either end of the farmers market. Place your groceries in a bin, take a number, then continue shopping. When you are ready to leave, drive near...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – July 19

Melons, blueberries, and peaches continue. The summer vegetables include cucumbers, squash, peppers, tomatoes, corn, onions, potatoes, green beans, eggplant, okra, Malabar and water spinach, micro-cilantro, squash blossoms, arugula flowers, garlic, kale, and tomatillos.

Herbs such as mints, spicy oregano, and basil varietals are also available. Several sprouts and wheat grass are also offered. Green leafy vegetables can be grown hydroponically in green houses, so find a selection for...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – July 12

Peaches and blueberries continue, and with the addition of cantaloupe and watermelon the market has a fresh, summery fruit scent.

If you find shelled peas, strawberries, or broccoli, buy now as those seasons are ending. Cabbage, beets, and carrots will also be in short supply.

The classic summer vegetables – cucumbers, squash, peppers, and tomatoes – are plentiful. Also available are corn, onions, potatoes, green beans, eggplant, okra, Malabar and water spinach,...   | Read More

What’s Fresh – July 5

Summer is here, even if the temperatures aren’t extreme yet. If you find the following, purchase soon as their late spring, early summer season ends any time (for more information on seasonality, please click here):  shelled peas and beans, beets, carrots, turnips, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, and kale. Berries and some stone fruits will also be gone soon. Peaches will continue to later in the summer.

Recent additions this season are corn,...   | Read More

Rotating Vendors Add to the Market’s Variety

You may have noticed some familiar faces from December through March showing up at the regular market on an occasional basis. Three winter market artisan food producers are rotating weekends for the weekly season.

Each first Saturday, Ipanema Brazilian cheese bread will join the regular vendors. Hortencia Dunaway brings her fat-free and gluten-free Brazilian bread made from only a few ingredients: tapioca flour, milk, eggs, olive oil and cheese plus special flavors needed for the...   | Read More

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