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Posted 5:41pm on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Maybe you’re curious about CSAs, but are hesitant to jump head-first into a bushel of Brussels sprouts. There is a way to dip your toe into the water without the cost and commitments of a CSA. Many of the farms that offer CSAs also take their produce to local farmers markets. Whether you’re a farmers market veteran or a curious newbie, here’s a brief (inexhaustive) guide to some of DFW’s markets. But hurry! Most of them close in November.

Cowtown Farmers Market-Westside

This spot boasts its “producer-only” label, meaning that everything sold is either “grown, raised or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.”

Open: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, year-round; 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, through November

Where: 3821 Southwest Boulevard (parking lot of Edelweiss Restaurant)

Cool event: The Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, will feature cooking demos, live music, guest vendors and a food drive for Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Online: www.cowtownmarket.com; www.facebook.com/ cowtownfarmersmkt

Dallas Farmers Market

Clearly not just a bandwagon jumper, this market has been in business since 1941. However, times are a-changing for this institution, which had been run by the city until this summer. That’s when it was purchased by a private group, DF Market Holdings. Big plans for revamping are underfoot at the Market.

Open: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

Where: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas

Cool event: Dallas Farmers Market Friends ( dfmfriends.org) is presenting its annual Hoedown, a fundraiser that benefits the Dallas Farmers Market and highlights “the best of local food from Dallas’ top restaurants, Texas’ best wines and foods from local producers.” This year, the North Texas Food Bank will be included in the proceeds from the event. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30-10 p.m. at Fair Park’s Food & Fiber Pavilion. It’s a private party, so tickets must be pre-purchased. Tickets $50, $75 for non-members.

Grand Prairie Farmers Market

Open: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21

Where: Market Square, 120 W. Main St., Grand Prairie

Cool event: Pumpkin lovers rejoice at Pumpkin Craze (Saturday, Oct. 19), which features pumpkin bread, cookies, pancake mix and pumpkin games, as well as a gift market and photo ops.

Online: www.gptx.org/farmers market; www.facebook . com/ farmers marketgp

Farmers Market of Grapevine

Open: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., through Saturday, Oct. 19

Where: 325 S. Main St., Grapevine

Online: www.farmersmarketofgrape vine.com; www.facebook.com/fmo grapevine

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market

Open: Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 215 Front St., Arlington

Online: www.downtownarlington farmersmarket.com; www.facebook.com/ down townarlingtonfarmersmarket

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market is a nonprofit community outreach of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, where farmers, ranchers and artisans sell directly to the North Dallas neighborhood. It opened in June 2012.

Open: Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon, until Nov. 2.

Where: 8011 Douglas Ave. at Colgate Road, Dallas (Near Preston Center, in the north parking lot of the church.)

Online: saintmichaelsmarket.com; www.facebook.com/Saint MichaelsMarket

Denton Community Market

This market had its first season in 2010 and has local produce and food, as well as arts and crafts and live music.

Open: Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April through November

Where: Denton County Historical Park at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St.

Online: dentonmarket.org; www.facebook.com/Denton CommunityMarket

Compiled by Heather Svokos

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