Archive for April, 2010

Dallas - Mockingbird Farmers Market

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Thursday afternoons from 4 - 7 p.m. is sponsoring a farmers market at Mockingbird Station in Dallas.  Right now they have about a dozen vendors lined up selling farm fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh baked bread, honey, shrimp, yogurt, herbs olive oil, salsa and more.  The market is planned for every Thursday afternoon on the upper level plaza of Mockingbird Station between the DART rail station and the Angelika Theater.  Mockingbird Station is at 75 Central Expressway and Mockingbird Lane.  If you are on the Dallas DART rail, stop at Mockingbird on the red or blue line.  The market is next to the station entrance.

A PEEP AT THE COOPS - a Dallas urban chicken coop tour

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010















Take a peek (or a peep) in some east Dallas backyards and you might find chickens.  Yes, chickens in Dallas.  The city of Dallas actually has some rather liberal rules when it comes to keeping backyard chickens.  This is not true of many neighboring cities.  And, the chickens are thriving.  On Sunday, April 18 eleven east Dallas homes will open their backyards for a free self-guided tour from 11 am to 5 pm.  You can look as much or as little as you like.  Learn about backyard chickens and meet and talk to the owners.  You can find all of the information on the apeepatthecoops blog.  Brochures with addresses to the coop sites will also be available at Walton’s Lawn and Garden Center , Green Spot Market and Fuel, the Lakewood Whole Foods and the East Lake Veterinary Hospital.  Remember, the tour is Free.  Just show up.  Not in Dallas?  Austin just had a coop tour in early April.  Check out the Austin funkychickencooptour site.  It has lots of information and a list of coop tours all over the U.S.

Food Fraud – a rising problem. Is that fish really Red Snapper?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Washington Post reports that food fraud is a growing problem that needs more FDA attention.  Many products from cheese and olive oil to fish and honey have recently been found to contain cheaper ingredients and fillers, or to be intentionally mislabeled.  It has been a back-burner issue at the FDA which has been focusing on more immediate food contamination issues but we can take our own action by buying from our own list of trusted sources.  Food fraud makes an easy case for the importance of knowing where your food comes from.