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Four Seasons Market to host organic farming benefit Thursday
Posted on 2011-12-13 13:10:50

Advocate - December 12th, 2011
by Emily Toman

The Four Seasons Market, which sets up every Saturday in Far North Dallas, has developed a program, Texas Organic Network, designed to meet the overwhelming need for local, organic produce in Texas.

The program will help farmers get their products to cities quickly and more efficiently. But first, they need to raise some dough. That’s why Four Seasons is hosting a benefit 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at Cadot Restaurant at Preston and Frankford. Guests can meet organic farmers, sample food, taste Texas wines and learn more about grass-fed beef.

Admission is $60 per person. Four Seasons aims to raise $3,000 that night. Plus, each ticket reservation gets you 15 percent off dinner at Cadot that same day.

Advocate Magazine

A Four Seasons Market takes place THIS SATURDAY in Richardson
Posted on 2011-04-15 16:01:18

By Leslie Barker Garcia/Reporter

11:20 AM on Thu., Apr. 14, 2011 | Permalink

What, you may ask, is a Four Seasons Market? Well, investigative reporters that we are, we did some digging (albeit rather shallow) and were quite content when we saw the words: European-Style Market.

Though we haven't been to Europe in well more than 20 years, and scarce remember markets, we're taken by the sound of this event. The next Four Seasons Market takes place from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at II Creeks Plaza, 2701 Custer Pkwy. That map makes it look more confusing to find than it is: West of Central Expressway, south of 190, north of Campbell Road, south of Renner Road. And, oh yes, where Rachael's Plaza Bakery is located.

Vendors include those with such tantalizing names as Make Scents, Humble Beginning Farms, Lucido's Pasta, Amish Foods and Texas Olive Oil. Plus, who could resist at least seeing what Big Fatty's Flaming Foods has to offer?

Dallas Morning News

European Farmers Market to Open in Old City Hall Facility
Posted on 2011-01-13 17:55:26

By Patty Montagno (Sachse News)

Those hoping to shop locally for farm products, baked goods, spices, jams, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry and other goods can now do so in Sachse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Sachse City Council recently agreed to lease the old city hall facility to Florine Bowman for a farmers market operation. The lease will run for six months.

Bowman and Vincent Hirth are co-founders of the Four Seasons Markets that previously operated at the Firewheel Town Center.

The business will utilize about 3,300 square feet inside the building as well as some of the outside property. The parks and recreation department will utilize the facility for various programs Monday through Thursday.

“In my opinion the dual use of the building provides the community with a central location for the two venues,” said Carlos Vigil, executive director of the Sachse Economic Development Corporation. “The market will allow the public to shop for locally grown farm products, other goods and handmade crafts. Also, the parks and recreation department will have the opportunity to expand its programs and provide additional classes at a central location. Other advantages are that the building will not be empty and will have activity and services for the residents of Sachse.”

Vigil said staff and council held several discussions regarding leasing opportunities of the building after the new city hall opened last October.

Before the vote Hirth told the council that Four Seasons Markets is a “high-quality European-style market that should help the economy.”


Four Seasons Markets opens third location in Colleyville
Posted on 2010-09-19 17:22:50

Starting September 18, Four Seasons Markets – the European-Style Farmers Market - will open a third location in Colleyville.

The location will be the Village at Colleyville and the Market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the parking lot.

"I'm thrilled that Four Seasons Markets is bringing its dynamic presence to Colleyville, and especially here within the Village," says Marty Wieder, Economic Development Director at City of Colleyville. "If what they and their vendors do is anything like what’s already in play in Addison and in Allen, then Four Seasons will introduce a new flavor to the Village—and attract passersby to stop, shop, and stroll. And who knows, they may even stay and discover other retailers inside the Village at Colleyville, as well."

As usual, visitors will find fresh produce, specialty food and artisanal products and will also be able to meet with local organizations such as the Colleyville Women’s Club.

"The Colleyville Woman’s Club (CWC) is pleased to be able to work with Four Seasons Markets at the Saturday Farmers Markets. Four Seasons has kindly offered us complimentary booth space so that we can promote our organization and our fundraisers," says Judith Henkels, President of Colleyville Woman’s Club. "CWC helps so many charities in Northeast Tarrant County and any assistance we can get to increase our awareness and effectiveness in the community is highly appreciated."

The market will be managed by Jacob Waters who recently joined the Four Seasons Markets’ team. "I plan to bring the same energy I found when working in Eugene, Oregon at the oldest open air market in our nation," says Jacob. "A good market can bring the community, artisans, entertainers, eclectic food, and farmers together," he continues.

"There was a real feeling of family at the Eugene Saturday market and it wasn't just a place to come to buy your local produce, but a place to meet and get to know your neighbors, enjoy the music and spend the afternoon."

For more information, visit the website.

The Village at Colleyville is located in the city center. Complete with a town hall, library, city parks, and ball fields, the Village is a bright and shining new area of Colleyville. In The Village at Colleyville, you can live, work, play and entertain in a quaint small town atmosphere reminiscent of the romantic courtyards of a European Village.

Pegasus News

Farmers Market to open at the Village at Colleyville
Posted on 2010-09-19 17:24:04

By Marice Richter
Special to the Courier

A weekly farmers market with European ambience will open this fall in the Village at Colleyville.

Four Seasons Markets, which operates European-style markets in Addison and Allen, received City Council approval last week to operate a market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from Sept. 18 through Dec. 18.

The market will feature fresh produce as well as items created by local artisans and craftspeople, said Vincent Hirth, founder and chief executive officer of Four Seasons Markets. Four Seasons will be prohibited from selling used items, including furniture and appliances, and from operating any carnival rides or games.

"We're after quality here," Hirth said. "All the products sold here will be high quality and well-made."

Four Seasons also plans to hold a Christmas market, featuring holiday products, on a Saturday in December.

The market will be set up in the parking lot of the Village Front Door at 5204 Colleyville Blvd.

City Council members expressed hope that the market will draw crowds to the village.

"We think this is a great concept," Mayor David Kelly said. "We're happy to have this in the village."

City officials received several supportive responses from residents and business owners in the village.

"It's just what we need to draw traffic to the village, and I'm sure it will also draw customers from all over Northeast Tarrant County," resident Andy Rogers said.

In other matters, the council approved a new special events policy. City officials proposed spending $69,000 in Colleyville Economic Development Corp. dollars for fiscal year 2011 to produce four events and outdoor movies and concerts.

The smaller events will replace larger events, including the Celebrate Colleyville winter holiday event, in an attempt to avoid parking problems and traffic congestion in neighborhoods.

The new events will involve local businesses to help with costs and sponsorships. The policy also encourages more citizen involvement and partnership with local artists through ArtsNet, Northeast Tarrant County's arts organization.


Savoring ‘Seasons’: Fledgling markets meant to be relaxed, enjoyable experience
Posted on 2010-07-29 15:22:27

By Ruth Haesemeyer

Brightly colored vegetables, eco-friendly hats and scented oils all could be found at the Four Seasons Market in Addison on July 25. But the enterprise is about much more than the goods that are bought and sold, said CEO Vincent Hirth.

“It’s about experience,” he said.

Less than a year old, Four Seasons now has markets in Addison and Allen and has plans to expand into other communities, including Richardson.

Hirth, a native of France, and his wife, Florine Bowman, started the first of Four Season’s European-style markets after a series of small farmers markets in the area closed, affecting vendors like themselves ― the couple owns Florine Bowman Pastries.

In keeping with the European model, the markets are open to craftspeople as well as food vendors. And, as in Europe, where a trip to the market can be a pleasant, several-hour event, they’re meant to be savored.

“You don’t rush, you enjoy,” he said, “and you talk to people, and you discover new stuff.”

Vendor Christy Cox of Truth Hill Farm said the atmosphere is a social one. The vendors support one another, she said, and spend a lot of time talking with shoppers.

“They think of it as a social event, and it is for a lot of customers,” she said.

It’s also a chance to support area artisans and farmers, something shopper Monica Ruiz said she appreciates.

“I love the fact that it’s local,” she said.

Ruiz was one of many shoppers at the Addison market July 25. And among the throng was Hirth, passing from booth to booth, exchanging greetings and hugs with vendors.

“I’m not running a supermarket with products,” Hirth said. “I’m running a farmers market with people.”


Go Local in Allen
Posted on 2010-06-27 16:59:57

BY Lisa Petty // Friday, Jun 25, 2010

FRESH PERSPECTIVE: Watters Creek in Allen is the newest spot to shop the Four Seasons Market. As with the popular Garland and Addison editions, you can expect a premium, hand-picked selection of products from local farmers, ranchers, artisans and more at this weekly pop-up event. Starting today, the market will take place every Friday from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot behind the center’s Apricot Lane boutique. Can’t make it this week? Mark your calendar for the same time and place each Friday through November. GET IT: Four Seasons Market at Watters Creek, Highway 75 at Bethany Dr., Allen.


Pick-you-own corn plus a new farmers market
Posted on 2010-06-23 14:35:24

By KIM PIERCE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

Four Seasons Markets are expanding again, this time to Watters Creek in Allen. Four Seasons Market - Allen starts up Friday, 8 a.m. to noon, and continues every Friday through November.

Food vendors that have reserved spots include: Chili-Honey Roasted Nuts, Cupcake Crazee (decorate your own), The Festive Kitchen, Heddin Family Farm (produce), Little John's Plants and Produce, Mill Creek Farm (produce), Miss Ellie's Gourmet, Natures Best Market, Round Rock Honey, Rowdy's Produce, Stephanie's Premium Bakery (artisan cookies), The Tamale Company, Truth Hill Farm (pastured meats, eggs), Wackym's Kitchen (artisan cookies), Walnut Creek Farm (produce) and WeMe Bread (rustic loaves and ranch dressing).

If you live in the area, check it out.

Dallas Morning News

Watters Creek Announces New European-Style Farmers Market
Posted on 2010-06-22 14:21:52

Starting Friday, June 25th Four Seasons Markets will open an outpost at Watters Creek. Modeled after European markets where you can not only meet local farmers, ranchers, specialty food producers, artisanal craftsmen, purveyors of fine crafts and other local vendors, but sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. The market is held in the parking lot behind Apricot Lane at Watters Creek every Friday through November from 8 a.m. to noon.

Details below.Thought About Buying Local, Then It’s Time to Start Shopping

Four Seasons Markets vendors change weekly. For a complete list of vendors visit In the event of inclement weather the farmers market will be cancelled. Admission is free.

June 25 – November, every Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The farmers market is held in the parking lot behind Apricot Lane. Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is located at U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive in Allen, Texas. For more information call 972-747-8000 or visit

D Magazine

Artisanal Farmers Thrive Off
Posted on 2010-06-18 11:46:02

12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, June 13, 2010

By Rhona Schwarz / Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

(...) Although Dallas has seen many markets close, Vincent Hirth and Florine Bowman, owners of Florine Bowman Pastries, are bringing European-style markets to the suburbs. These newly minted venues showcase an array of locally produced foods, crafts and home/body products in a convivial setting.

So far, markets are held at Firewheel Town Center in Garland (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays) and The Village on the Parkway in Addison (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays).

"The Four Seasons Market at Firewheel started last November and attracted nearly 2,000 visitors on the first day," Hirth says. "The new market that is held in Addison started four weeks ago [and] we are experiencing great foot traffic. At least 30 percent of the visitors stop by because they see us from either the Dallas Parkway or Belt Line Road."

Vendor lists and upcoming locations are at

"A farmers market is about meeting people, improving your lifestyle and supporting local communities. I can only talk about my markets, which are of European style as opposed to any other neighborhood markets offering food only," Hirth says. "I'm an active supporter of any type of farmers markets because I believe that they have a positive impact on health, not to forget the social aspect.

"Each city should have its own farmers market."

Dallas Morning News

Addison's farmers market: Saturday and Sunday
Posted on 2010-05-26 07:04:31

5:42 PM Tue, May 25, 2010

By KIM PIERCE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

Four Seasons Market Addison, barely a month old, has already expanded to two days a week: Starting this weekend, it's up and running Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market has great visibility at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Belt Line in the parking lot of what used to be Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I did a quick visit on Sunday and found familiar vendors like Truth Hill Farm (pastured meats and eggs from pasture-raised hens), Dread Head Chef (with his dessert chips and salsas), the Texas Honey Bee Guild, Round Rock Honey, Kurry King and Lucido's Pasta, as well as Little John's Plants and Produce (that's Joan Lumpkin, wife of Little John Lumpkin, holding forth by the peas) and a handful of other farmers with produce. I like that John labels where his produce comes from and that most of it is local.

I could not resist the fresh-shelled English peas (the first I've seen this year), so I bought three pints (one for me, one for my son and one for my dad). The Lumpkins also had tomatoes, green beans, red potatoes, peppers, squash, onions and more - all locally grown. He even had a few strawberries.

If you have kids along, Cupcake Crazee makes a good stop for them, with pint-size tables where they can decorate their own cupcakes. Double Throw Down BBQ, with its traveling smoker, provides more substantial eating.

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In Season: A bounty of markets
Posted on 2010-04-28 13:47:15

09:23 AM CDT on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

By KIM PIERCE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

When Vincent Hirth opened the Four Seasons Market at Firewheel Town Center in Garland last year, he said it would be the first of several European-style markets. He's making good on his word.

Four Seasons Market at Addison will kick off its season May 9 – Mother's Day – at the Village on the Parkway, Belt Line at the Dallas North Tollway, in the parking lot of what used to be Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Look for familiar faces from Firewheel ...

Dallas Morning News

Dog About Town: Browsing for biscuits and more fun this weekend
Posted on 2010-02-18 08:28:22

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Jaunt of the Week is stocking up on treats at Four Seasons Market, which is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive (State Highway 78 at the George Bush Turnpike) in Garland. Biscuit Head Baking Co. (, Waggin' Tail Treats (214-564-9551) and Paws Fur Treats ( are all regular vendors at this European-style market.

Dallas News

Four Seasons Market Adds Food Court
Posted on 2010-01-15 20:00:27

Friday, January 15
By Kim Pierce / DallasNews

Five vendors will provide goodies for the new food court at Four Seasons Market, which officially kick off Saturday and seats 30: Brisket Heaven (brisket sandwiches and tacos), Double Throw Down Barbecue (pork and chopped beef sandwiches, sausage on a stick, smoked turkey legs, hamburgers, hot dogs), Florine Bowman Bakery (coffee, pastries, French baguettes and Parisian-style sandwiches), Sunshine Hand Pies (breakfast pies; Indian potato-and-pea pies, spinach-mushroom-feta pies and more) and Nana's Bananas (hand-dipped chocolate sweets, prepared while you wait).

I haven't tried all of these, but I can tell you that the aroma around Brisket Heaven is so intoxicating, it's nearly impossible not to stop for a taco.

I resisted only because I had just eaten breakfast. Also, I like the fact that Florine's pastries are not overly sweet; most recently I had the coconut macaroons with chocolate bottoms, and they were so good. I'm interested in trying foods from all these vendors, and I'm especially intrigued by the Indian pies.

Other food vendors this Saturday include: Ain't No Mo Butter Cakes, Calais Winery, Custom Cafe Foods, Dallas Spice Market, Down Home Spices, Dread Head Chef, The Joy Farm, JuHa Ranch, Lucidos Pasta, Lucky Layla Farms, Natures Best Market, Robert's Relish Barn, Rosey Ridge Farm, Sloans Creek Heritage Meat, Stephanie's Premium Bakery, Texas Olive Ranch, The Tamale Company and Truth Hill Farms.

Market manager Vincent Hirth also tells me that Kurry King will be joining the market soon. The Indian spice-blend-maker recently left the Dallas Farmers Market to open a storefront on Main in Garland.

Non-food vendors include Beaded Image, Bella Rose Jewelry Designs, Biscuit Head Baking Co., David Mars Photography, Essentially Naked Candle/Soap Company, Green Baby Diaper Service, HisGems, Purple Ranch Lavender Farm, Rockin' A B Designs, Shirt Girls (Quackebox Creations) and The Tipsy Gypsy.

Four Seasons has moved inside during the cold winter weather. It's in the building just north of the fountain and playground at Firewheel Town Centre, 245 Cedar Sage (U.S. 78 at the George Bush Turnpike) in Garland.

In Season: Four Seasons European-style market at Firewheel
Posted on 2009-12-17 17:49:42

December 16th, 2009
by Kim Pierce

If you're still looking for Christmas gifts, check out the Four Seasons European-style market Saturday at Firewheel Town Center in Garland.

• One of the most original stocking stuffers is from Sharla's Sweets: Sharla Perry calls it her peanut-butter pyramid, a single confection boxed inside a colorful pyramid that she makes; it's $3. The Garland confectioner also sells two- and four-piece boxes of her handmade truffles ($3 and $5 respectively), and bags of saltine almond toffee ($8).

• For the committed foodie, there are jams, relishes, pickles and more from Robert's Relish Barn, made by Robert Byler in Maypearl. His most popular item is pickled beets, and apple butter is a close second. All come in 16-ounce jars that are $6 apiece or three for $15.

• Dread Head Chef Michael Weinstein has put together a gift crate (he made the crates himself) that contains his sweet and chocolate-dusted corn chips and 16-ounce jars of his sweet salsas: strawberry-mango and pineapple-banana- macadamia nut. It's $20.

At Four Seasons, you also can expect tempting cookies and baked goods, local honey and other foodstuffs. In addition, find handcrafted jewelry, gifts made with locally grown lavender from Purple Ranch Lavender Farm, special dog treats from two dog-biscuit bakers and eco-friendly gifts for babies at Green Baby Diaper Service. If you arrive hungry, Brisket Heaven makes excellent tacos.

411: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Road (George Bush Turnpike at U.S. 78), Garland. www.fourseasonsmarkets .com. In the event of inclement weather, the market will move inside the building north of the fountain.

Dallas News

Four Seasons Market in Garland is Moving Inside
Posted on 2009-12-15 09:05:36

December 14th, 2009
by Nancy Nichols

Sounds like the Four Seasons Market at Firewheel Town Center has really taken off. Last weekend, vendors reported record sales. This morning comes word that, starting next Saturday, the market will move indoors and be open until 4:00 p.m. The European-style market where customers can not only meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, but sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue will be move inside the building at the north end of the Park in Firewheel Town Center (305 Riverfern Avenue). Jump for vendors.
The building is near the children’s playground and adjacent to the Parkside at Firewheel Apartments and Townhomes.
Food vendors who plan on attending Saturday include Calais Winery, Brisket Heaven, Custom Café Foods, Violet Tea, The Joy Farm, Nature’s Best Market, Dread Head Chef, Kitchen Pride Mushrooms, Nana’s Bananas, Texas Olive Ranch, Truth Hill Farms, Robert’s Relish Barn, Sharla’s Sweets, Ain’t No Mo Butter Cakes, Stephanie’s Premium Bakery, The Tamale Company, Magnolia Seafood, Lucky Layla, Round Rock Honey, Miss Ellie’s Gourmet, Chapman’s Chili Kitchen, Florine Bowman, Texas Honeybee Guild, Rosey Ridge Farms, The Bee Charmer, JuHa Ranch, , Sasche Farms, and Lucido’s Pasta.
Other vendors include Bev Sue Shoe Doos, Anahata. Chocalocadesigns, Beaded Image, Purple Lavender Ranch, Waggin’ Tail Treats. ERth on a Shoestring, Biscuit Head Baking Company, StellaJade Designs, the Gleaning Network, Sweetwater Farm Greenhouse, Green Baby Diaper Service and Beaded Creations.

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Four Seasons Market at Firewheel Center in Garland moving indoors
Posted on 2009-12-15 09:01:05

Monday, December 14, 2009

GARLAND — The Four Seasons Market at Firewheel Town Center is expecting some 40 vendors for it market on Saturday as it moves indoors for the winter and extends its hours to 4 p.m.

The market, which opens at 9 a.m. every Saturday, replicates a European-style market where customers can not only meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, but sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue.

In warmer weather, the market is held outdoors in the Park at The Firewheel Town Center in Garland. With the advent of cooler weather, it will be moving inside to the building at the north end of the Park in Firewheel Town Center at 305 Riverfern Avenue. The building is near the children's playground and adjacent to the Parkside at Firewheel Apartments and Townhomes.

Food vendors who plan on attending Saturday include Calais Winery, Brisket Heaven, Custom Café Foods, Violet Tea, The Joy Farm, Nature's Best Market, Dread Head Chef, Kitchen Pride Mushrooms, Nana's Bananas, Texas Olive Ranch, Truth Hill Farms, Robert's Relish Barn, Sharla's Sweets, Ain't No Mo Butter Cakes, Stephanie's Premium Bakery, The Tamale Company, Magnolia Seafood, Lucky Layla, Round Rock Honey, Miss Ellie's Gourmet, Chapman's Chili Kitchen, Florine Bowman, Texas Honeybee Guild, Rosey Ridge Farms, The Bee Charmer, JuHa Ranch, , Sasche Farms, and Lucido's Pasta.

Other vendors include Bev Sue Shoe Doos, Anahata, Chocalocadesigns, Beaded Image, Purple Lavender Ranch, Waggin' Tail Treats, ERth on a Shoestring, Biscuit Head Baking Company, StellaJade Designs, the Gleaning Network, Sweetwater Farm Greenhouse, Green Baby Diaper Service, and Beaded Creations.

Pegasus News

Side Dish: Vendors Announced for Upcoming Four Seasons Market
Posted on 2009-12-10 00:28:22

Posted on December 8, 2009
SideDish | by Sarah Eveans

If you haven’t made it out to Garland for the Four Seasons Market yet, well, neither have we. We can barely make it to the gas station this time of year. But the list of vendors for this Saturday’s market has our curiosity peaked. Read and weep:

Calais Winery, Brisket Heaven, Custom Café Foods, Miss Ellie’s Gourmet, Chapman’s Chili Kitchen, Florine Bowman, Kitchen Pride Mushrooms, Sloans Creek Farm, Nana’s Bananas, Texas Olive Ranch, Texas Honeybee Guild, The Tamale Company, Rosey Ridge Farms, Sharla’s Sweets, Ain’t No Mo Butter Cakes, Stephanie’s Premium Bakery, The Bee Charmer, Magnolia Seafood, Miller Pecans, Round Rock Honey, Zita’s Cookies, Truth Hill Farms, JuHa Ranch, Dread Head Chef, The Joy Farm, Sasche Farms, Lucido’s Pasta, Nature’s Best Market and Robert’s Relish Barn,

Other vendors include Biscuit Head Baking Company, Waggin Tail Treats, Beaded Image, Beaded Creations, Bella Rose Jewelry Designs, Bev Sue Shoe Doos, Confections for Connections, Green Baby Diaper Service. Purple Lavender Ranch, Essentially Naked and StellaJade Designs.

Sounds like a good reason to avoid NorthPark this weekend to us. The market is from 9am–2pm on December 12, and it’s located at 245 Cedar Sage Road.

D Magazine Side Dish

Four Seasons vendors go gifty tomorrow
Posted on 2009-12-08 10:44:14

By Kim Pierce

Four Seasons Market, our first year-round, weekly European-style market and farmers market, will set up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Firewheel, and several vendors are offering Christmas-y gift things. Some are nonfood items, but among the local food vendors with special deals are:

* The Dread Head Chef's gift box containing a bag of his cinnamon chips, his chocolate-dusted chips, a jar of his strawberry-mango fruit salsa and a jar of his pineapple, banana and macadamia nut salsa.

* Purple Ranch Lavender Farm with gift bags and boxes of lavender products.

* The Tamale Co. with barbecue tamales, plus ancho-chile pork, chicken tomatillo and black bean and corn.

Of course, other food vendors will be out there with sauces, cakes, seasoning mixes, handmade pastries, cookies, greens, Gulf seafood, honey, Texas olive oil, hand-baked breads, handmade chocolates, Alaskan salmon (fished by a local family), cooked brisket, wine, dairy goods, pecans, pickles, jams and more. Also the pastured meat, poultry and eggs folks will be there. You can go to the Four Seasons Market Web site for a complete rundown.

It's fun watching this market develop. Firewheel Town Center is at the east end of the George Bush Turnpike and State Highway 78.

Dallas News

Holidays in the 'Hood: Firewheel Town Center
Posted on 2009-11-28 18:07:59

Nov 28, 2009 8:05 AM CST

FRESH AND LOCAL: On Saturdays, it pays to hit Firewheel Town Center (Highway 190 at Highway 78 in Garland) early to shop the Four Seasons Market. Beginning at 9 a.m., local produce, artisanal foods, handmade gifts and more are yours for the taking. With over 50 vendors in all, you’ll want to get your coffee to-go and be among the first to pick and choose (and sample) at this new weekly event.


Farmers market at Firewheel Town Center in Garland has promising opening day
Posted on 2009-11-09 20:20:02

By Teresa Gubbins
Pegasus News

Pumpkin cinnamon roll with dried cranberries from Florine Bowman Pastries hits the spot on a Sunday morning.
GARLAND — The Four Seasons Market, a new farmers/craft market at Firewheel Town Center in Garland, had a promising launch on Saturday with 38 brand-name vendors and a promise from organizers of more to come.

Farmers market staples such as Lucky Layla Farms, Chapman Chile Kitchen, and Round Rock Honey all appeared at the behest of Brian Cummings, of, who helped organize the market, along with Vincent Hirth and Florine Bowman, owners of Florine Bowman Pastries, who'd run similar events in France.

To give the opening the proper fanfare, they drafted chef David Gilbert, who made a show of strolling through the market to acquire items which he then used in an on-site demonstration.

There certainly seemed to be a good sprinkling of customers for vendors such as Sachse Heritage Farm, The Bee Charmer from Wylie, and Grandview-based Rosey Ridge Farm, who sold loaf after loaf of their Pumpkin Bread and Luscious Lemon Bread with icing. Garland-based Sharla's Sweets, a new chocolatier founded by Sharla Perry selling chocolate truffles and confections, made its debut.

"I do marketing for a telecom company but I started taking chocolate classes and it became my passion," Perry said.

Cummings said he felt optimistic about the prospects of the market, which will take up residence every Saturday in the center concourse of Firewheel, because its location in the far northeast suburbs fills a niche not previously filled.

"We have another dozen that weren't able to get their paperwork done in time, but there'll be more," he said.

Campania owner Jay Jerrier, who served up slices of pizza, said that the city of Garland made the paperwork process a lot easier "than some other cities that begin with a D."

Pegasus News

First peek: Four Seasons Market at Firewheel
Posted on 2009-11-08 16:14:07

1:36 PM Sat, Nov 07, 2009

I made it to the inaugural Four Seasons Market this morning at Firewheel, and I think it's going to be a terrific success. Even as I write, I'm savoring a slice of fragrant, moist whole wheat bread baked by Rosey Ridge Farm, run by newcomers to the farmers market scene who are Mennonites from Grandview.

The market tents are neatly arranged around the perimeter of the fountain, and I saw both newcomers and old friends. Jay Jerrier was experimenting with his Cane Rosso rolling pizza oven. He tried some sausage-and-egg calzones that tasted great but were dicey to eat. (He's gonna work on that.) Then he made a mini pizza that was divine.

C.J. Singleton was there with his Good Spice seasoning peppers and a great holiday gift idea. Singleton sells a three-bottle selection packaged in a reusable clear tube for just $14.

Next to him was another FM newbie, his brother Dale Johnson, a former restaurateur/chef who does private romantic meals in people's homes. He calls his business card for Romance for Two dinners a "Get out of the doghouse free" card. But he was also there selling Romance for Two jarred sauces, like his Shanghai Tangerine Honey Marinade (which I bought to try) and Vidalia Onion Summer Salad Dressing. 12 ounces for $5. Call him at 214-212-3188.

Brisket Heaven is another market newcomer, and the specialty is - you guessed it - brisket. You can order a whole cooked brisket for an event; it smelled divine. In case you miss them at Firewheel, the number is 469-235-8144.

Still another new vendor was Sharla's Sweets, who's making truffles, almond bark, saltine almond toffee, chocolate-covered caramelized nuts - you get the idea. She's taking orders for the holidays at 214-289-1997.

I got an introduction to stevia, the plant, at the Joy Farm booth. This is so cool; you can peel off a leaf or two and steep them with your tea for intense sweetness. Or if you're making hot cereal, throw a leaf or two into the pot. Owner Jerry Smallwood is also selling exotic produce, including herbs, dandelion, a variation on bok choy and other stuff.

I also ran into lots of familiar faces - Ain't No Mo Buttercakes, with their cute minis, Chapman Chili Co. with chili samples and frozen containers to go (baby Penelope waved to me from her playpen), John Lucido with pasta and jarred fruits and veggies, Lucky Layla Farms, Florine Bowman (with a new fall sweet roll flavor: pumpkin-cranberry), Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farm, Texas Olive Oil Co., and another produce vendor who's name I didn't catch with some of their own stuff (onions, turnips, pears) as well as items from other farmers around Texas (they sell at the McKinney market).

I'm sure I missed someone. Organizer Vincent Hirth tells me there will be about 50 vendors out there next Saturday. If the weather turns bad, BTW, he's got an inside space locked down.

Firewheel Town Center is at the end of the George Bush Turnpike at U.S. 78 (Lavon Drive). The market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. But some vendors sold out way before that. There are non-food vendors, too. Check out the Web site:

Kim Pierce

Dallas News

A new market: Four Seasons
Posted on 2009-11-05 22:25:44

12:00 AM CST on Wednesday, November 4, 2009

While most other markets are closing for the season, the European-style, year-round Four Seasons Market debuts 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Firewheel Town Center in Garland. It will include several of the vendors as well as artisanal food producers and craftsmen. Firewheel is at 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland (near the intersection of the Bush Turnpike and State Highway 78). If you're interested in becoming a vendor, go to fourseasonsmarkets. com.

Kim Pierce

Dallas Morning News

Locavore Farmers Market Debuts Saturday in Garland
Posted on 2009-11-05 00:35:04

Mon, Nov 2, 2009

The Four Seasons Market, featuring a wide variety of locally produced foods and crafts, gets under way Saturday, Nov. 7 at Firewheel Town Center in Garland.

The market, which will be held every Saturday year-round from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the brainchild of Vincent Hirth and Florine Bowman—owners of Florine Bowman Pastries—and is modeled after successful festivals the couple ran in France some 12 years ago.

“Four Seasons Market will replicate a European-style market where you can not only meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, but sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue,” said Hirth.

Among the local farmers and specialty food producers who will be participating are: Sachse Heritage Farms, Lucky Layla, Sloan’s Creek Heritage Meats, Texas Honeybee Guild, Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms, Stephanie’s Premium Bakery, The Tamale Company, Lucido’s Pasta and Herbs, Good Spice Specialty Foods, Romance for Two, Sharla’s Sweets, Susie’s Fudge, Ain’t No Mo! Butter Cakes, Chapman Chili Kitchen, Brisket Heaven and Waggin’ Tail Treats.

Also on hand will be local craftsmen including Anahata, Bella Rosa Jewelry Design; Furniture by Bee Gee, and Beaded Image along with the Green Baby Diaper Service.

“Firewheel with its new urbanism design and central park is the perfect setting for the first Four Seasons Market” Hirth noted, “We’re expecting more than 50 vendors for our first market and plan to double that over the next few months. We’re also planning to feature local musicians, special attractions for children such as a bounce house and petting zoo, and sidewalk cafés featuring coffee, pastries, wine, beer and soft drinks,” he added.

“This holiday season we are pleased to offer our loyal shoppers with a unique shopping experience at the Four Seasons Market,” said Melody Kamp, Director of Marketing & Business Development of Firewheel Town Center. “From fresh ingredients for holiday cuisines to one-of-a-kind craft finds, there is something for everyone."

Vendors who are interested in participating in the market should register on-line at


Farmers markets are a growing enterprise in Dallas-Fort Worth
Posted on 2009-11-05 09:03:22

12:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

By KIM PIERCE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

Even as the produce season winds down, two suburban farmers markets are gearing up for big changes, and two new markets are in the works.

The Four Seasons Markets promises to be a new, year-round, weekly market at Firewheel Town Center in Garland, says founder Vincent Hirth. Modeled after European markets, it is tentatively scheduled to open Nov. 7.

Hirth plans to mix farmers and ranchers, artisanal food producers, purveyors of fine crafts and other local vendors, plus create a festive air with activities for kids.

Dallas Morning News




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