More Than Just Veggies: Seven Awesome Food Vendors in the Shed at Dallas Farmers Market

The Shed: full of veggies but also full of good eats.EXPAND
The Shed: full of veggies but also full of good eats.
Dallas Farmers Market

The open-air pavilion known as the Shed at Dallas Farmers Market is a lively place to stroll on the weekends. There are great local vendors selling produce, meats, eggs and cheeses, but the Market food hall across the street isn't the only place at DFM to get a bite — the Shed is also a great place to grab a meal or a snack. There are several exciting options tucked between local farm vendors, and many of them are fairly new. Here are seven vendors to check out:

The glorious Bacon Baby Blue at Brisket Twist.EXPAND
The glorious Bacon Baby Blue at Brisket Twist.
Jeremy Hallock

Brisket Twist
Brisket Twist offers hearty and creative sandwiches from three Art Institute of Dallas grads. The Big Cheesy is a grilled cheese sandwich and brisket sandwich combined with barbecue sauce and chopped, slow-cooked brisket and cheddar on sourdough bread. The Double BLT adds brisket to a classic BLT, doubling the meat. There are no losers here, but the Bacon Baby Blue may be the standout. It's made with brisket and bacon on sourdough bread, but the spicy blue cheese coleslaw and sautéed mushrooms definitely add the punch to this sandwich. Brisket Twist has only been around for seven weeks, but they've got catering and booths at music festivals in the works.  Stay tuned for brisket nachos.

Don’t sleep on The Gourmet Bread Pudding Co
Don’t sleep on The Gourmet Bread Pudding Co
Theresa Fernandez

The Gourmet Bread Pudding Co
This has to be a sin, but it tastes so heavenly. Gourmet is a word that gets tossed around a lot, but it's appropriate here. Owner Giselle Fischer-Ray hails from New Orleans and her bread pudding is definitely something the Crescent City should be proud of. Last weekend, she served up peach, white chocolate and sweet potato bread pudding, all with a white vanilla sauce. On other days, you may catch her with flavors like pound cake, carrot cake and Italian cream. This bread pudding proved so popular, Fischer-Ray, who has a background in catering, decided to spin it off into its own business a year ago. Imagine the greatest warm bread pudding with the flavor of your choice attacking your taste buds, all of it topped with a white vanilla sauce that's somehow better than hot fudge. If there is better bread pudding in Dallas, who cares?

Texas Toffee is a family business from PlanoEXPAND
Texas Toffee is a family business from Plano
Jeremy Hallock

Texas Toffee
Formerly inside the Market, Texas Toffee has moved outside to the Shed. Owner Derik Webb's Plano family business for 7 years, the idea here is pretty straightforward: Make people happy with candy. Perfect for gifts, special occasions or a little taste of heaven on a stroll through the market, this is delightful handcrafted toffee — English Toffee has nothing on this rich, buttery blend. In addition to classic almond, there's a Texas Pecan with a distinctive flare and macadamia accented with white chocolate. If you're looking for spice or heat, cinnamon and ghost pepper are the most interesting options here.

Don’t pass on these samples.EXPAND
Don’t pass on these samples.
Jeremy Hallock

B3 Meats
If you don't like beef jerky, stop and try this anyway because it's a completely different beast. Operating out of Texarkana, B3 Meats uses the South African approach to beef jerky. Labeled as “beef bites,” this snack is neither tough nor dry. The meat is tender, even moist, and delicious in an unexpected way. This creates quite a predicament for the owner Daren McGee. Shouting out “Beef jerky!” does not do this meat justice and “Beef Bites!” sounds like a treat you would give your dog for successfully rolling over. But make no mistake, this is something special. Prepared with low heat over several days, the curing process starts before the meat gets dry. The seasoning is also spectacular, with flavors like A-1, Hot Sriracha and Louisiana Hot Sauce.



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