Edible Dallas & Fort Worth

Role: Writer | Photographer


Love Your Farmer Day

What did you do this weekend? Anything cool? It’s the inevitable post-weekend question around the office coffee maker, and I love those Mondays when my answer doesn’t include “Ate too much junk food” or “My back hurts from sinking into the couch.”

But this week, my Saturday was far from ho-hum, thanks to the ingenuity of White Rock Local Market director Sarah Perry, who has created a volunteer opportunity called Love Your Farmer Day. The thought is to give participants a hands-on education about farming and some one-on-one interaction with members of the local agricultural community. In my book, that counts as cool.

 

Dr. Sue's Chocolate

Peruse a stack of popular magazine covers and you’ll likely find at least one headline declaring that chocolate is good for you and not a substance intended solely for shame eating. Even medical literature has indicated that moderate consumption of dark chocolate can have cardiovascular benefits such as aiding in hypertension and lowering of blood pressure. But before you get elbow-deep in that old bag of Halloween candy, hear this: moderation and quality are key. While moderation is obviously within the hands of the consumer, Dr. Sue’s Chocolate has made the quality part easy.

 

Coppell Community Gardens

For many, a typical Saturday morning includes the continuous tapping of the snooze button and the pursuit of a few extra hours in bed. But for the early risers who volunteer at Coppell Community Gardens, leisure hours are spent in beds of a different sort, all for the purpose of providing nutritious, organic food for families in need.

The 100 raised beds at Coppell Community Gardens flourish with organic produce, including an assortment of heirloom and heritage varieties. Every Saturday during the growing season, the harvest is picked and weighed by 10 am. At that time, volunteers deliver the food to the Metrocrest Social Services’ food pantry, a community organization dedicated to preventing homelessness in North Texas. 

 

Bringing The Party Home

Somewhere between the dorm parties of my youth, the overcrowded bars of my single years and the chic bistros of my present, I decided it was time to bring the party home. Don’t get me wrong—I still love to dine out. From taco stands to the swankiest of spots, I’m an equal opportunity lover of all eateries. I’m also a twenty-something freelancer with a svelte bank account.

In an effort to rein in my restaurant adventures, I decided that the cozy Oak Cliff bungalow I share with my husband Russell and dog, Della Bea, was the ideal spot for dinner with friends. The meals have become a monthly ritual: a time to catch up without having to yell over loud music or blow all of our rent money.