Watermelon is a Texas Fourth of July classic, and you’ll find sweet, ripe melons bursting with flavor at most North Texas farmers markets, including Plano Farmers Market on the Municipal Avenue curve in Plano.
To spot the new Sunday market, look for the red tents. Artisan producers range from Heirloom Gourmet’s summer cucumber salad and One & Only Salad Dressing to Terra Sienna Grass Fed Beef. Rancher Jerry Helm, who runs his cattle on grass year-round in Montague County, will tell you precisely how to cook each cut.
Stubblefield Produce brings in Parker County peaches, at their height of sweetness and juiciness, to Plano Farmers Market.
Don’t forget handheld pies — baked, never fried — from Jami’s Pies. Baker Jami (pronounced Jamie) Bishop Fleming and sidekick Joe Ross make everything from scratch and use local ingredients when available, including luscious peaches right now.
Add a classy touch to munchies with the Amazing Dip Company’s Cameron’s Smoked Gouda Dip, a refreshing take on cheese and crackers with a long finish. By the time I got to the market, Marcus Wentrcek’s spicy version was sold out. The cheese dips are named for his 5-year-old son, Cameron.
Two produce sellers, La Esperanza Farm and Stubblefield Produce, mix local farm-grown fruits and veggies with imports. But West Coast cherries will never compete with the likes of Stubblefield’s Parker County peaches — perfectly sweet and juicy right now.
Jami Bishop Fleming and sous chef Joe Ross bake the pies from handheld to full-size at Jami’s Pies.
Other vendors include Texas Olive Oils, Lucido’s Pasta and Cowboy Candy Salsa – plenty for foodie fireworks at your holiday cookout.
And if you live farther west, manager John Jost inaugurates his West Plano Farmers Market on Saturday at The Shops at Willow Bend, just outside the food court (north) entrance. Both farmers markets operate under his Red Tent Markets brand.
Plano Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Municipal Avenue at Avenue K. Facebook: Red Tent Markets. West Plano Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Outside the north entrance (food court) of The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd. Facebook: Red Tent Markets.
Clearfork Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth (The Trailhead at Clearfork). farmersmarket1848.com.
Coppell Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 768 W. Main St., off Bethel Road. 972-304-7043. coppellfarmersmarket.org.
Cowtown Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, under the tents in the parking lot of Texas Outdoors, on the Weatherford traffic circle (the confluence of U.S. 377, State Highway 183 and Camp Bowie). 817-763-0193. Facebook: Cowtown Farmers Market.
Dallas Farmers Market: The Shed, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Monday-Thursday. The Market food hall, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 1010 S. Pearl Expressway. 214-664-9110. dallasfarmersmarket.org.
Denton Community Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry, Denton. dentoncommunitymarket.com.
Denton County Farmers Market: 7 a.m. to sell-out Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 420 W. Sycamore, Denton. dentonfarmersmarket.com.
Downtown Plano Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Municipal Avenue at K Avenue, Plano Historical District. redtentmarket.net.
Eden’s Organic Garden Center and CSA Farm: Market days, 9 a.m. to noon first third and fifth Saturdays. 4710 Pioneer Road, Balch Springs. edensorganicfarm.com.
Ennis Meet Up at the Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 100 N. Dallas St. (historic downtown). ennistx.com/farmers-market.
Farmers Branch Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch. farmersbranchmarket.com.
Farmers Market of Grapevine: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 325 S. Main (behind the gazebo). Year-round store: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 520 S. Main. farmersmarketofgrapevine.com.
Four Seasons Market-Carrollton: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. 2722 N. Josey Lane. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons-Casa Linda: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Casa Linda Plaza, 9440 Garland Road, Dallas. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Crescent Court: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. In the courtyard and along Cedar Springs. 500 Crescent Court, Dallas. crescentcourtfarmersmarket.com or fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Flower Mound: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 900 Parker Square Road. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Hebron: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. First Baptist Church Hebron, 3000 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Heritage Crossing: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Main Street at the clock tower, 117 W. Irving Blvd., Irving. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Irving Arts Center: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. McArthur Blvd. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Lewisville: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Preston Valley: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Preston Valley Shopping Center, Preston Road at I-635 (southwest corner). fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Richardson: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 677 W. Campbell Road, at Floyd Road, Richardson. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Four Seasons Market-Sunnyvale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. 3405 Belt Line Road. fourseasonsmarkets.com.
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 8821 4th St. (between Main and Elm), Frisco. friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com.
Garland Marketplace: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every first and third Saturday. 150 N. 6th St. themarketplacedfw.com.
Grand Prairie Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 120 W. Main St. Facebook: Grand Prairie Farmers Market.
Ham Orchards: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Closed Sundays. 11939 CR 309, Terrell. 972-524-2028. hamorchard.com.
Historic McKinney Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays. Chestnut Square Historic Village, McDonald and Anthony streets (park in the lot on McDonald). 3 to 6 p.m. Thur, Adriatica location, Adriatica Parkway at Mediterranean Drive. 972-562-8790. chestnutsquare.org.
LOCAL at Highland Park Village: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every third Saturday. Mockingbird at Preston, Dallas. hpvillage.com.
Lola’s Local Market: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Home of Lola the pig. 1771 Kever Main (off State Highway 5), Melissa. Facebook: Lola’s Local Market.
Luscombe Farm Market: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday. 8649 Luscombe Farm Drive, Anna. 214-212-0814. luscombefarm.com.
Mansfield Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 799 E. Broad St. mansfieldtxfarmersmarket.com.
Melissa Farmers Market and More: 9 a.m. to noon every second and fourth Saturday. Melissa City Hall, 3411 Barker Ave. cityofmelissa.com/farmersmarket.html.
Mesquite Marketplace: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday. 150 W. Main St. (historic downtown square). themarketplacedfw.com.
Oak Cliff Lions Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon every second and fourth Saturday. Lula B’s parking lot, 1982 Fort Worth Ave. Facebook: Oak Cliff Lions Club Farmer’s Market.
Paul Quinn Market: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Near the We Over Me Farm on Paul Quinn College campus, 3837 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas. goodlocalmarkets.org.
Plano Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Municipal Avenue at Avenue K. Facebook: Red Tent Markets.
Public Farmers Market at Firewheel Town Center: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 701 Horseshoe Drive, Garland. North side of Macy’s, Firewheel Town Center. Facebook: The Public Farmers Market.
Ridgmar Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays. 900 State Highway 183 N. (across from Ridgmar Mall), Fort Worth. 817-246-7525.
Roanoke Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. 221 N. Oak St. (Austin Street Plaza). Roanoketexas.com (Community tab).
Rockwall Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 101 Rusk St., historic downtown Rockwall square. rockwallfarmersmarket.org.
St. Michael’s Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. North parking lot, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas. saintmichaelsmarket.com.
Tyler Street Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Tyler Street UMC, 927 W. 10th St. (parking lot on 9th St.), Dallas. goodlocalmarket.org.
Waxahachie Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Historic downtown, 410 S. Rogers St. Facebook: Downtown Waxahachie Farmer’s Market.
West Plano Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Outside the north entrance (food court) of The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd. Facebook: Red Tent Markets.
White Rock Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Lake Pointe Church, 9150 Garland Road. goodlocalmarket.org.