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US (TX): Dallas Farmers Market blossoms with local produce

Last month, a reader wrote to Dallas News about the changes around the Dallas Farmers Market. He decried the fact that The Shed was only half-full on a February visit. He pined for the old days, when the market was teeming with produce vendors and lamented that he saw only two farmers when he was there.

It's true, the area around the farmers market, with its new apartments, is hardly recognizable. But the market, a true farmers market for the first time in decades, is blossoming. You just need to approach it a little differently than in the past, writes Kim Pierce for the newspaper.

Even with just two farmers in The Shed, the fruits and vegetables the reader saw on a recent Sunday were grown and harvested locally by the people selling them. Gone are vendors selling the same things you can buy at the nearby grocery store.

When Kim was there a couple of weeks ago, she bought mung bean sprouts and bok choy from Williams Farm (Jacksonville) and combined those with shiitake and oyster mushrooms from Kitchen Pride next door (Gonzales). "With garlic, ginger, soy sauce plus a few leeks plucked from my own garden, I made a wonderful stir-fry."

The Williamses also were selling typical local winter produce: beautiful lettuces, greens, herbs, beets, green onions, spinach, carrots, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, onions and more -- all from their farm. Kim learned that Thongma Williams has several hundred field tomato seedlings in her greenhouse, readying for transplant.

But you can find mature, out-of-season tomatoes at the Dallas market right now from the greenhouses at Denton Creek Farm (Ponder), at the end of their long table filled with seasonal veggies.

Read more at Dallas News

Publication date: 3/13/2017



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