Saturday, May 30, 2015

Our day trip at a local Farmers' Market.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to spend the day in one of our favorite towns in our area. We live in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex so there are a lot of fun places close by. We love spending time in Grapevine, just about 15 minutes from where we live. The Historic Downtown area has a "small town" Main Street feel with lots of cool shops, restaurants & things to see & do.

We go to Grapevine several times each year for festivals, car shows, shopping & happy hour with friends, but this is our first trip to check out their Farmers' Market & Craft Market. These markets were closed for Winter & just re-opened in April so I wanted to go see what all they have to offer.

It turned out that the Craft Market was bigger than the Farmers' Market. I was disappointed with that because we're used to the big Farmers' Market in Dallas that has so many different vendors with lots of choices for fruits & veggies, both from farmers & from local produce dealers.

We did get to sample a lot of good food as we walked through the market. We sampled cookies, barbecue sauce, goat cheese, jerky, seasoned & flavored nuts, all kinds of salsas & dips, a few flavors of jams & jellies, and of course all of the different produce that was offered. All of the vendors were very friendly & helpful so we really had a great time. Of course I couldn't resist buying a few things!

I got Sunflower Lotion made with goats milk from Dream Girl's Dairy & Goat Farm (you can see their cute little goats in the photo at the top). My husband bought Green Olive Salsa, Hot Chow Chow & Jalapeno Olive Relish from the guys at Tommy Tamales. The only produce that I bought were 3 big beefsteak tomatoes that were the size of my hand! I used them to make Stuffed Tomatoes & they were sooooo goooood! I also got some Chocolate Almond Toffee from the Texas Sheet Cake Baking Company. We made it home with the toffee but it didn't last but one day! Hubby also got some Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Beef Jerky from the South Texas Beef Jerky company.

After we spent the morning shopping at the markets & browsing at a couple of the local shops, we stopped off at Esparza's Mexican Restaurant for brunch.  While we waited for a table outside, we hung out inside at the bar & sampled some of the beef jerky as well as some of the Green Olive Salsa with some chips that the bartender served. We each enjoyed a Lakefire Rye Pale Ale from the local Grapevine Craft Brewery. When we were seated outside on the patio we ordered Bacon & Egg Breakfast Tacos & Mexican potatoes along with another beer. The food was very good & the beer was cold. We sat & talked for quite a while after we finished eating because we were so comfortable & the patio was nicely shaded.

After brunch, we walked up & down a few more streets window-shopping & just enjoying the beautiful day. We always love spending time in Grapevine & I'm sure we'll go back before too long.