The Farmstand opens June 21

DFW Aquaponics Farms plans to welcome summer in a big way this year. Lettuce and other salad greens growing in both our demonstration greenhouse and production facility are thriving, so we’re making “fresh from the farm” produce available to local residents on a limited basis beginning the first day of summer, Wednesday, June 21.

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DFW Aquaponics Farms is the only Certified Naturally Grown aquaponic facility in Texas, and one of only 12 in the nation.

Although popular in more rural areas, there aren’t a lot of farmstands around the Metroplex. This is a great opportunity to pick up fresh local greens, possibly some tomatoes, and “picked from the source” herbs without straying far from home. Availability of specific greens will depend on plant maturity.

The farm is located at 7512 FM 2738 in east Burleson, and it’s easily accessible off Rendon Road at 1187 South.

Farmstand hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition, we will have local eggs and perhaps honey from a local beekeeper! We hope to establish this as a true Community Farmstand and we welcome inquiries from other local growers. All produce offered will be farm fresh and naturally grown! We hope the Wednesday and Sunday operating hours will make good food more readily available for local residents and we hope to get to know many of you as friends during the season.

Lettuce, salad greens and herbs are also available from DFW Aquaponics Farms each Saturday through mid-December at Grand Prairie Farmers Market, and soon at select other markets in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We’ll keep you updated on locations and times, and hope to see you wherever and whenever it’s convenient!

A unique urban agricultural facility, the farm began operation with an aquaponics teaching and demonstration greenhouse in December 2016. The 20×120-foot commercial production greenhouse was completed in May 2017. Ultimate production capability will be approximately 1,000 heads of lettuce each week, along with varieties of chard, kale, bok choy, spinach and herbs, including basil, mint and chives.

David Cohen and Loretta Messinger, principals in the unique farm, also operate a smaller demonstration greenhouse on the property. It serves as a workshop for collection of hard data on costs, crop yield, water quality, system operation, and energy consumption. It also serves as a teaching facility and includes both deep water troughs and media beds, allowing cultivation of varied produce that might include beans, vining tomatoes, cucumbers and even root vegetables on a limited basis.

The Farm invites inquiries from school groups, garden clubs, community organizations and interested area residents. Tours are available for a nominal fee, and a series of classes is offered for individuals interested in aquaponics as a hobby or a small business enterprise. Call or email for additional information.

We look forward to having you stop by DFW Aquaponics Farmstand!