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Local farmers markets carry everything from produce to cookies

Farmers markets in North Texas are booming, with more producers added daily to meet the demand of consumers hungry for homegrown and handmade. The list below ranges from stores that specialize in local farmers' produce during the height of the season to producer-only markets where fruits and vegetables must be grown within a 150-mile radius. Many markets also encourage artisanal food producers and craftspeople.

The savvy farmers-market shopper arrives early, brings bags and packs $1 and $5 bills so that farmers aren't trying to make change for a $20. If your errands will prevent you from returning home right away, bring a cooler, as farm-fresh produce is perishable.

Part of the fun is talking with the people who raised or made the product you are about to buy.

Cowtown Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Producer-only market. Besides farm produce, there are artisan baked goods, goat cheese, locally roasted coffee, tamales, natural granola and more. Part of the North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association (produce grown within a 150-mile radius). The market's Fresh Line tells what's going to be at the market.

U.S. 377 at Southwest Boulevard, Fort Worth (east side of Weatherford traffic circle, parking lot in front of Texas Outdoors), 817-462-1426 (Fresh Line); www.cowtownfarmersmarket.com

New Public Market: 9 a.m.-sellout or 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, through October. New market from restaurateur Johndavid Bartlett presents food artisans selling all kinds of fine goods: cheeses, free-range beef, breads, pastries, local honey, Texas olive oil, vinegar, pastas and more.

4600 Dexter Ave. (at Into the Garden), 817-336-4687

Fort Worth Downtown Market: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Now carrying okra, field tomatoes, peaches, squash, plums, strawberries, green beans and more.

4800 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth (Sears parking lot), 817-925-3965

Ridgmar Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Year-round market operated by Parker County peach and vegetable growers. Mexican cafe inside. Selection includes local produce.

900 Texas 183 N. (across from Ridgmar mall), Fort Worth, 817-246-7525

Keller Farmer's Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 30. Farmers from around Texas. Vendors include Genesis Beef, Village Baking Co., Homestead Farms (goat cheese, pastured meat), Grapevine Grains, Latte Da Dairy and others, with farmer action picking up as the season progresses.

Keller Town Center fountain, 251 Town Center Lane, Keller, 817-709-9411; www.kellerfarmersmarket.com

Grapevine Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-sellout Thursday and Saturday, through October. Part of North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association.

325 S. Main St. (behind the gazebo downtown),

Grapevine, 940-872-5748

Richland Hills Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, through Aug. 28. Part of North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association.

6980 Baker Blvd. at Latham Drive, Richland Hills,

817-763-0193.

Rufe Snow Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Year-round produce, with seasonal fruits and vegetables from Dallas Farmers Market and local producers.

6871 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth, 817-281-4313

Colleyville Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Local produce in season.

5409 Colleyville Blvd.,

Colleyville, 817-427-2333

Coppell Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, through Nov. 20. One of the area's best community farmers markets, with farm goods, pastured meats, eggs, cheese, chicken, Gulf seafood, dairy, breads, baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas and more. New vendors this year include Republic Coffee (locally roasted), Dallas Spice Market/Kurry King (Indian spice blends), Village Baking Co., Texas Daily Harvest (organic dairy) and Victoria Hooker's handmade tortillas and salsa. South Coppell Road is now open, so be prepared to enter on Bethel Road and exit on South Coppell Road.

455 W. Bethel Road (between Denton Tap Road and Freeport Parkway) in Old Town Coppell, 972-304-7043; www.coppellfarmersmarket.org

Gnismer Farms: 9 a.m. to picked-out Saturday, 1 p.m. to picked-out Wednesday. Urban, family-run, pick-your-own (or they will pick for you). Season starts with strawberries, will include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, lettuces and more. Herb garden. Generally runs into July; reopens in October with pumpkins and fall vegetables.

3010 S. Bowen Road, Arlington, 817-469-8704 (call to make sure that weather hasn't affected ripening); www.gnismer.com

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 18. Produce, breads, grass-fed meat and poultry. Part of North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association. Vendors include Country Store Bakery, Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters, Homemade Gourmet, B&G Gardens, and others.

Market Square, 120 W. Main St. (at N.W. Second St.), Grand Prairie, 972-237-8000; www.gptx.org/farmersmarket

Dallas Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Look for local farmers and a few dealers in Shed No. 1, with cheese, eggs, sorbet, produce, pasteurized organic farm milk and more; most set up Saturday, but many are there Friday and Sunday, too. Shed No. 2 is filling up with food producers, including permanent vendors Pecan Lodge Catering (breakfast and lunch Thursday-Sunday), Old World Sausage (deli counter) and Ain't No Mo! Butter Cakes; also regulars Wackym's Kitchen, Texoma Winery and others. Koster Cattle Co. and Pastabilities, adjacent to the Dallas Farmers Market, are just north of Shed No. 1

(Fridays-Sundays).

1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas, 214-670-5880; www.dallasfarmersmarket.org. If you are going for a specific item, call 214-670-5879.

Mockingbird Market: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 28. Local produce, baked goods, honey, dairy and more. Some of the vendors include Rosey Ridge Farms (Mennonite baked goods and jams), Lucky Layla Farms, Motley Farms (specialty herbs and produce), Berry Best Farms, the Shrimp Stop, Wackym's Kitchen (artisanal cookies) and Texas Olive Ranch. More produce growers added as the season progresses.

Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane at North Central Expressway (in front of the Angelika Film Center), Dallas, 214-295-7463; www.mockingbirdstation.com.

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