What’s Fresh – March 29

Spring is officially on the calendar but some of our farmers experienced repeat ice and freezes just a few weeks ago, more so than in Coppell since most of them are in outlying areas north of the warming effect of the Metroplex. While plants may have survived, many leaves were frozen and plant production certainly slowed down. The recent warm weather, sunshine, and rain will help the struggling produce ramp back up, so be patient if you don’t yet see the variety the market offered this time last year when the area had a warmer winter. A seasonal market is influenced by the vagaries of Mother Nature, not the predictability of the calendar. Expect to see some more rich greens and root vegetables. Look for spring onions, kale, spinach, mizuna, chard, collards, mixed salad greens, and lettuces. Also expect radishes, carrots, perhaps turnips and beets. Wheatgrass, several varieties of sprouts and some herbs will be here as well.

Many vendors bring farm fresh eggs – look for egg cartons on their tables for clues that they have eggs in their mini-fridges.

Grown for our area, the home gardener can find organic bedding plants, vegetable starts, and soil blocks and soil block mix.

Always find pastured, grass raised and finished beef and lamb, pastured pork, free range chicken and eggs, goat and cow artisan cheeses, and north Texas pecans. Artisan bakeries bring breads, rolls, cookies and other goodies with new varieties offered often.

Several vendors make ready-to-eat dishes that vary for each market. Find soup and dip mixes, oatmeal mixes and granolas, pesto, Texas olive oils and vinegars, salad dressings, tamales, home-made chips and salsa, pastas made this week, honey, dog biscuits, soaps, candles, lotions, lip balm, and more.

Lone Star Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and bank ATM cards can be used to purchase wooden market tokens at the Farmers Market table in the center of the pavilion and used like cash at the Coppell Farmers Market vendor booths.

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