Flavor: Anticipation — for homegrown vegetables

Published on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 01:13 - Written by Christine Gardner, food@tylerpaper.com

It appears our extended winter might mean mild May temperatures, and if we are lucky, some summer months that aren’t scorchers.

Days like we’ve had this week make me want to eat, work, sit and stay outside all day. And when I think of al fresco dining, my mind goes straight to clean, fresh ingredients – even better, homegrown or handmade vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat and baked goods.

It might be awhile before the vegetables in my garden are ripe for the picking, so I will have to take advantage of some other resources. If you are a grower or farmer who sells to the public and would like to have your location listed in the weekly guide of markets and stands send an email tofood@tylerpaper.com

If everything I planted starts to produce, I may have plenty to share, as well. I planted several varieties of tomatoes, lettuces, peppers, zucchini, cucumber, squash, eggplant and lots of herbs. This is my first year to use raised beds and start from seed.

Until then, here’s a list of ongoing markets:

This Saturday, East Texas State Fair Farmers Market at the fairgrounds starts at 7 a.m. It will also be held on Tuesdays and close at 1 p.m. on both days.

The Rose City Farmers Market will be held on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saturday and Tuesday markets will be located at 7212 Old Jacksonville Highway in the Jul’s Restaurant parking lot. On Thursdays the market will be at 722 N. Broadway Ave., outside the Salvation Army building.

Beth’s Farmers Market, based in Lindale, is open on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mount Sylvan Executive Suites (formerly Mount Sylvan Coffee House), 13268 Texas Highway 110, 75704 and on Saturdays at the Lindale Community Theater and The Fatt Apple, 109 West Hubbard Street, Lindale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Tyler Farmers Market held behind Broadway Square Mall at 4850 Old Bullard Road will be opening Saturday, May 18. This market will be held on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.