I will start off saying that the Dallas Farmers Market is ungergoing some massive changes for those of you who ventured away during the late 1990's. Shed 2 (?) has now been cleared of all the clutter and furniture salepersons that took over the shed. They also renovated the whole shed and put A/C in it. The new shed is now very open, welcoming and very bright. Some of the same artisan vendors remained and a push for more continues. Those still in Shed 2 are Mawker Coffee (I don't drink coffee but everyone says he does an excellent job) he is still passionate as ever about his products, Curry King (a husband and wife team that have been at it I believe 20 years...Curry King himself said one day) is where I get my premade garam masala, vindaloos, and curries. They are definitely a very well made product and the freshness is in the scents. Robert Hutchins and family has a booth for
Rehoboth Ranch grass fed beef and free range poultry. The qaulity of meat and taste is very much desired these days. From the look of the crowds on a recent weekend trip I would believe the business is still doing well in this economy. There is also a Pierogi stand whom I have never seen manned before say 9 am. Must be making the pierogi's? I have not tried them but have wanted to but the vendor has never been one for opening early.
I am not sure if it is Shed 1 or 3 but the shed that house all of the local producers not the produce resellers has a treat that I recently came across. Now getting passed all of the produce "hecklers" of some sort is quite a task. At almost the end closest to Central Expressway (yes it borders the Farmers Market) is a gem of a vendor. Her (Linn Madsen) fare was sorbets. Normally you would think anyone can put together a sorbet....just sugar, water, and fruit of some sort. Well this was a bit different. Those who are into herbs would derfnitely get a kick out of these sorbets, herbal sorbets. The flavors range from Triple Lemon (lemongrass, lemon, and I believe lemon verbena), Lime Thyme, Rosemary Lime Chablis, etc etc. For such change on the common sorbet I was very impressed. The flavors very all very good and I ended up purchasing two: Triple Lemon and Lime Thyme. Linn lets you try a small spoon of her flavors, the true test for a vendor at the Dallas Farmers Market. The tasters (my wife, my parents and myself) leaned more towards Triple Lemon but I have a love for thyme so it was hard for me. Now I got the two smallest cups for $2 each and I think larger ones are $5. For this product I would gladly pay $5 for a large during the hot summers.
I would encourage everyone to get down to the Dallas Farmers Market before the holidays, check out the new changes, and stop by for an awesome herbal sorbet.