All summer I have intended to make it to one or more of the local farmer’s markets in my area. I finally made it out to the Lewisville and Coppell Farmer’s Markets. I really wanted to show support for local farmers and find a good selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. I was also interested in things such as local honey and grass fed beef. I really did not fully know what to expect, but once I finally made it out to these local farmer’s markets, I liked what I saw.
Lewisville Farmer’s Market
I first went with a friend to the Lewisville Farmer’s Market and we had planned only to go to one that day, but on the Saturday that we went, there were not a lot of vendors. I saw around half a dozen. There was a nice vegetable stand where I was able to get all the ingredients I needed for homemade salsa. Another vendor that we stopped at was selling loose-leaf tea from all over. This was from the local company Leaves of Tea. There were many unexpected flavors such as Passion Fruit Merlot and Birthday Cake. They had samples available to smell. Some other vendors had fruit, bread, and fresh pasta. The Boy Scouts were there as well selling popcorn. I was surprised at how small the farmer’s market was because for some reason I really pictured it to be much larger.
The farmer’s market is in downtown Lewisville at the Wayne Ferguson Plaza between Main and Church streets. The signs made it easy to find and parking was easy as well. More information can be found at the website http://www.visitlewisville.com/. If you click on the farmer’s market event, it brings up a list of vendors and upcoming events for future farmer’s markets. Though the market was small, there were some good finds.
Coppell Farmer’s Market
Since the Lewisville farmer’s market was small and took up less time than we anticipated, we decided to go to the Coppell farmer’s market. I had heard a bit about this market, so I was confident that it would be a larger market. I was not disappointed. There were quite a few more vendors. We arrived later in the morning so some vendors had already packed up or were just beginning to do so. There was a lot to see, so we walked around and checked out everything before deciding what to buy. This turned out to be a good place for dairy. One of the first stands we saw was for Texas Daily Harvest. They had a good selection of organic cheeses and milk that was pasteurized at a low temperature and non-homogenized. When we arrived there were two vendors that had grass fed beef and one had grass fed lamb and pork. A couple vendors were selling local honey. Other interesting stands had tamales and sorbet.
One of the vendors that I went back to was the Texas Olive Ranch stand. They had Texas Olive oils and balsamic vinegars. I picked up a bottle of Mesquite Olive Oil. I did not even know that Texas made olive oil and I thought it was worth trying because in my household, we use a lot of olive oil. I also picked up some grass fed beef ribs and my husband made a very tasty stew with them. I only had limited cash, so I had to be selective about what to buy, but there were plenty of good choices and I definitely plan to go back and get there early to take advantage of more vendors. The Coppell farmer’s market is located at 455 W. Bethel Road at Coppell Road. Their website is http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org/ and has a list of the many vendors.
I found both of these local farmer’s markets to be worthwhile. Though the Lewisville one was smaller, it ends up being less intimidating and definitely had some good products. The Coppell one offers a bit more choices and definitely had some products I really look for such as grass fed beef and organic milk and cheese. Summer may be soon over, but there is still time to get out to both of these local farmer’s markets. Lewisville runs through October 30 and the one in Coppell through mid November. Both are a great way to support the local community and find great buys.