Community

Discover Fresh Cravings at Local Farmers Markets

Spring has officially sprung and so have the farmers markets throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Full of friendly faces and only the freshest fruits and vegetables, these seasonal events are a popular, social activity worldwide. Not only do they encourage nutritious eating and healthy living, but they also fuel a strong sense of community.

The opportunities to buy and taste locally-grown goods are bountiful in the Dallas area. Choose from an abundance of nutrient-packed produce, such as berries, peaches and tomatoes or select your favorite flowers and herbs for an arrangement that will bring both refreshing color and fragrance into your home.

Our team has gathered a few must-see markets this spring, providing the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and neighbors in Frisco, see a live demonstration in McKinney or shop and dine at a bustling scene near Downtown Dallas.

Flavor in Frisco

From salmon to sweet, summer squash, the Frisco Farmers Market offers true variety every Saturday morning. Feast your eyes on the colorful display of fruits and vegetables as the spectacular selection and inviting atmosphere is sure to please.

Ideally located just four miles from Newman Village, this Frisco staple invites you to browse and indulge in delicious, seasonal offerings, which include juicy melons, peaches, tomatoes, corn on the cob, baked breads, meats, honey and pasture-fed beef, pork, lamb, eggs and more.

Founded by the Frisco Noon Lions Club and managed by the Rotary Club of Frisco, the market is dedicated to improving the quality and variety of produce available in Frisco.

This year, beginning on Sunday, May 7, the market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out.

Location: 8821 4th St, Frisco, TX 75034

Contact: (972) 885-9419

Website: www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com

Fun in McKinney

Ranked as one of the top markets in Texas, McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square has called Dallas home for nearly a decade.

Located just two miles south of the historic Downtown McKinney Square, Chestnut Square allows residents to step back in time to relive the bygone years of Collin County’s history and heritage.

In addition to providing the classics like grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and produce, this McKinney market is a fun destination for all ages. Every Saturday, you’ll find arts and crafts, live music, face painting and pony rides, as well as special live demonstrations from artisans, potters and painters.

The 2017 McKinney Farmers Market summer season will begin on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney, TX 75069

Contact: (972) 562-8790

Website: www.chestnutsquare.org/farmers-market

Healthy Living in Dallas

Since 1941, the Dallas Farmers Market has grown into a bustling food and shopping center that’s bursting with life and excitement every day of the week. With farm-fresh fare, restaurants, vendor booths and events, it’s easy to spend an entire day at this lively destination.

What makes this one different? Plenty!

Featuring more than 20 businesses, from a Neapolitan Pizza Truck and Caribbean-inspired restaurant to a bakery that specializes in French macarons, The Market Shops is a diverse hub for all things local and unique.

The expansive 26,000 square foot establishment is open seven days a week and contains four anchor restaurants, a mix of specialty foods, artisans and plenty of open seating for relaxing or enjoying a bite to eat.

While you’re there, peruse the cut-to-order cheeses, wine, beer and coffee joints, antique gifts, furniture, home decor and general store, which provides everything for farm-to-table meals and more.

Those solely interested in shopping will appreciate the high-quality display at The Shed, which offers market-goers a chance to peruse local goods that are grown, raised or made in the area. The open-air pavilion is an ideal place for farmers, ranchers and eclectic artisans to showcase their seasonal produce, naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs and honey, as well as breads and canned foods. The Shed also provides arts and crafts throughout the year.

Created to improve sustainable living throughout North Texas and educate the public about the benefits of homegrown ingredients, the Dallas Farmers Market designed a garden that encourages people to learn about agricultural practices.

In collaboration with the American Heart Association as well as several other partners, the garden, known as Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden, not only provides educational programs for every age, but it’s also used to help support the homeless by giving donations after each harvest through Family Gateway.

Dedicated to connecting people throughout DFW, providing nutritious and delicious foods and educating the community about a healthy and balanced lifestyle, this must-see attraction continues to thrive and help create a more sustainable lifestyle in North Texas.

The Market Shops are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., however some vendors are open additional hours.

Visit https://dallasfarmersmarket.org/the-market/ for a directory of the shops and their hours.

The Shed is open on weekends, including Fridays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 920 S. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact: (214) 664-9110

Website: www.dallasfarmersmarket.org

Take advantage of warmer weather and longer days by experiencing all that these unique and flavorful markets have to offer.

Design

5 Tips for Outdoor Entertaining This Spring with Darling Homes Houston

Planning a patio party or backyard soiree? Get our five top tips for outdoor entertaining this spring with Darling Homes Houston.

Set the Tone for Warm Weather Living

First impressions matter, so set the tone for warm weather living from the very beginning.

Whether it’s an open-air courtyard or traditional front porch, create the right ambiance with a well-manicured landscape, potted plants of various sizes or a freshly seeded garden to achieve a naturally beautiful space that’s an expression of the season.

Choose from an assortment of spring’s signature flowers, like pansies, peonies, yellow trilliums, lilacs, tulips and hydrangeas for a bright and bold look that bursts with color.

For a clean, blissful palette, we recommend spring greens and white blooms, such as lilies, petunias, daisies, daffodils and magnolias coupled with fresh-cut grass, miniature palm trees or agave plants.

At Riverstone in Sugar Land, Darling Homes’ Luxury Patio home boasts an extended loggia entryway that opens to an expansive courtyard. Complete with vibrant greenery, detailed brick and stone arches and a wonderful lounge area, the Mediterranean-inspired home design is an ideal spring sanctuary guests will marvel over from the moment they step inside.

Create a Space That’s Multifunctional

Make the transition from indoor entertaining to the outdoors effortless by creating a space that’s multifunctional.

Whether you’re hosting an afternoon barbecue or evening drinks and h’orderves, having a place for guests to gather, relax, play and mingle is a must-have when entertaining.

Station a fully-equipped kitchen with a barbecue, counter space and storage under a canopy or veranda. This provides you with designated room for meal prep and cooking while still being a part of the fun that’s taking place outside.

Accommodate friends and loved ones with plenty of seating near a fireplace or fire pit, which will encourage guests to unwind and linger awhile longer.

At Grand Central Park in Conroe, Darling Homes’ model home is encompassed by heavily wooded landscapes and rich, natural surroundings that turn this patio into a dreamy getaway. Not only will you enjoy a picturesque backdrop, but also a sense of privacy. It’s the perfect atmosphere for yard games, laid-back get-togethers and elegant parties.

Add a Pop of Color

Bring your patio to life with a pop of color by choosing a theme that’s all your own.

Those who enjoy bold, vivid hues for an energetic feel can incorporate throw pillows and furnishings of spring’s go-to shades, such as sunshine yellow, apple green, turquoise and tomato red.

Powder blue, pastel pink and dusted yellow creates an enchanting combination for those seeking a more sophisticated atmosphere.

For the final touch, add a fresh flower bouquet or floating peonies and gardenias set atop a side table or as a centerpiece to bring texture and depth for a visually appealing display.

Captivate Guests with Great Lighting

For cool, breezy evenings, captivate guests with great lighting.

A glowing fireplace and flameless candles will give your outdoors a European-inspired feel perfect for intimate entertaining with close friends and loved ones.

Those hosting a soiree with many to please can’t go wrong with bold outdoor wall decor and stringed lights draped around columns or above a gazebo.

Darling Homes’ award-winning, outdoor living space at The Woodlands, Coronet Ridge is ideal for year-round enjoyment, complete with dramatic arches, fabulous seating and a covered pavilion for additional shade and privacy.

The impressive structure is as an architectural focal point of the home, blending an alluring color palette with unique brick textures. Pair that with great lighting and bold colors and you’ve created the ultimate location for a seasonal gathering.

Don’t Forget to Enjoy Yourself!

Once you’ve created the perfect spring oasis, don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself.

Organize appetizers and main course dishes for buffet-style dining and assemble a mobile drink station or bar cart, which will not only alleviate you from the task of serving, but will ensure guests feel comfortable helping themselves to food and drinks.

Finally, press play on your favorite music and enjoy! 

At Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Darling Homes created an outdoor oasis that’s designed to feel resort style. With a sweeping wall of glass doors set behind a series of stucco columns, this expansive courtyard truly brings the indoors out.

Clean architectural lines and modern details bring a sense of refinement, while the glowing fireplace, designated sitting areas and conversational corners reflect a welcoming and relaxed environment.

One step into this private escape and you’ll feel like you’ve entered into your own staycation paradise.

Like what you see? Visit www.darlinghomes.com to see more outdoor living areas, ideal for spring entertaining!

Community

Luxury Meets Prairie-Style Living with Darling Homes at Elyson

Tucked away among sparkling lakes, grassy meadows and beautifully manicured, tree-lined boulevards, discover a lifestyle where luxury meets prairie-style living with Darling Homes at Elyson in Katy.

Built with a seamless blend of refined architecture and elegant outdoor living in mind, Darling Homes offers its most prominent collection of 70-foot home designs that beautifully complement the community’s vision of peaceful living and outdoor adventure.

Where Natural Beauty and Modern Luxuries Meet

The 3,600-acre community is thoughtfully designed around charming, frontier-inspired living due to its idyllic surroundings of Katy Prairie wildflower fields.

To enhance the beauty of its landscapes and connect residents with the outdoors, Elyson has planned an impressive array of modern amenities that harmonize with its natural environment.

Explore the miles of hike-and-bike trails that intertwine throughout the community, connecting homes to pocket parks, playscapes, water features and scenic views of lush green space.

Those looking to mix and mingle with neighbors will enjoy the full calendar of exciting community events offered year-round, from popcorn and movie nights hosted on the event lawn to meet-and-greets with Santa Claus during the holidays.

You’ll have access to Elyson’s social hub, Rorick House, which offers a full-service cafe that features gourmet dishes, smoothies, coffee drinks and more. Rorick House also provides a state-of-the-art fitness center, game room and resort-style pool.

Explore Elevated Living

With just 20 Darling Homes homesites and limited lakeside properties available, now’s the perfect time to explore the elevated lifestyle that awaits.

Timeless exteriors, authentic architectural details and superior finishes are a few distinct elements that make a Darling Homes design unique. The homebuilder offers unfolding floor plans and dramatically open interiors, ideal for both entertaining guests or to simply unwind. Homes also feature expansive family rooms that connect to the gourmet kitchens and breakfast nooks, luxurious master suites, private guest suites and exquisite patios with custom fireplaces and outdoor kitchens.

Ranging from approximately 3,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet, homes offer personalized design opportunities to ensure each homebuyer experiences their one-of-a-kind dream home. Homes at Elyson are priced from the $440,000s.

Live Near the Center of it All

Elyson is located along the Grand Parkway between I-10 and US 290, providing convenient access from Sugar Land to The Woodlands, as well as an easy commute to the Energy Corridor, Exxon Mobil Campus and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Residents are also just a short distance from excellent shopping, dining, entertainment and highly-acclaimed schools within Katy ISD.

Ready to make the Darling Homes move? Explore our new homes at Elyson in Katy today!

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Community

Live Lakeside with Darling Homes DFW at The Tribute

Along the shores of Lake Lewisville, spanning more than 1,600 acres, discover a North Texas community that’s grown to be the premier golf and resort development in The Colony.

This spring you’ll have the opportunity to live lakeside with Darling Homes DFW at The Tribute.

The master-planned community brings one-of-a-kind lakefront living to a new level in a premier location with world-class amenities and Darling Homes’ eclectic mix of home styles.

Experience Lakeside Living

Located on a secluded Lake Lewisville peninsula, The Tribute provides a modern, resort-style living experience while also cultivating a relaxing and peaceful ambiance with the community’s natural features and lush landscapes.

Boasting panoramic views of extensive green space, world-class amenities and exciting outdoor activities, the well-established development provides residents of all ages something they’re sure to enjoy.

Adults and children alike will be delighted by the resort-style pool and spray park complete with lounge chairs for relaxing and sunbathing. Those seeking adventure and outdoor fun can explore the neighborhood’s scenic hike-and-bike trails, playgrounds, pocket parks and beautifully landscaped canals. Lakeside activities are endless when it comes to The Tribute as the community offers access to an array of outdoor recreation, including kayaking, fishing, boating, water-skiing and jet-skiing.

Love to golf? You’ll have access to 36 holes of golf at the award-winning Old American Golf Club and The Tribute Golf Club. These courses are rich with history and offer incredible course cohesiveness for both experienced and casual golfers.

French, Tudor and Mediterranean-style Homes Await

This spring, Darling Homes will unveil new homes within two villages at The Tribute, including 81 home opportunities in Somerset and 52 in Tullamore Meadows. Homes in Somerset will be The Tribute’s first alley-served product.

The homebuilder will offer its traditional, single-family collection in both neighborhoods which features a refined mix of French, Tudor and Mediterranean-style homes, bringing a distinct look and feel to the community streetscapes.

Exuding elegance and grace, these home designs offer generous, open-concept floor plans that seamlessly flow room to room, large family rooms with high ceilings, gourmet kitchens with expansive islands and hearth rooms, relaxing master suites and beautiful covered patios. Homes range from approximately 1,900 square feet to 4,000 square feet with a series of flexible floor plan options, ideal for young professionals, growing households and retirees.

Discover One of the “Safest Cities in Texas”

Ideally situated in The Colony, ranked as one of the “Safest Cities in Texas” by Safewise, The Tribute provides a smooth commute to popular businesses, employment centers, DFW Airport and fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment. All this is easily accessible due to its prime location near the Dallas North Tollway and State Hwy 121.

Additionally, children will have the opportunity to attend excellent schools within Little Elm ISD, which includes the prestigious, on-site Prestwick STEM Academy.

Like what you see? Visit Darling Homes at The Tribute this spring and discover what exceptional, lakeside living is like!

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