We had a great opening day at the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market. Hope you were there. Come back this week for our featured vendors, the plants, herbs and flower sellers. Take home some beautiful pots of flowers, succulents and vegetables from Gary’s Greenhouse. WeGarden will have a variety of plants including lemongrass, monarda, blackberry bushes, veggies, herbs, annuals and perennials. Sagey Lady has a large selection of culinary herbs including some hard to find varieties such as lavender, French tarragon and chocolate mint. The Ellis County Master Gardeners will have their “Plant of the Day”, always something interesting and suited for our north Texas climate.

It’s a bit early for local produce but we hope to add more variety every week. Look for plenty of baked goods, crafts and jewelry, eggs, honey, tamales, salsas, jams, jellies and preserves. Check out The Yellow Farmhouse, a local grower and miller of red winter wheat and corn. They have added all sorts of pastry and bread mixes, and now offer local, farm raised beef. Other sellers have already baked an assortment of cakes, cookies and pies ready to take home and enjoy. Our crafters are happy to be back with new creations and some of your past favorites. Check us out.

The market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 410 South Rogers Street, across from city hall. For information on becoming a market seller contact Anita Brown, Director of Downtown Development at 469-309-4111. Friend us on Facebook.

Cool weather vegetables such as carrots and peas are making a showing in the vegetable garden right now along with cilantro and dill. Here is a delicious and easy spring time recipe.

 

Honey Dilled Carrots

3 cups carrots, peeled and sliced

2 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. local honey

1 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill

Salt & pepper

Put carrots in a saucepan with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer about 10 minutes until the water has evaporated and carrots are tender. Add the butter, honey and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste.