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The Texas Olive Ranch will be at Wednesday's evening market, offering high quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic olive oil, among others. ©Texas Olive Ranch

Wackym's Kitchen is "where the sweetness happens." Visit their booth next Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ©Paul Wackym

Christine and Greg Carey, of WeMe Dallas, will have their speciality line of WeMe Breads available. ©2010 Fay Stout/The Inquisitive Eye

Zip Code Honey, courtesy of the Texas Honeybee Guild, can be great line of defense against seasonal allergies. Visit with owners Susan and Brandon Pollard at next week's market. ©Texas Honeybee Guild

Eden's Organic practices sustainable, natural methods of land stewardship to promote healthy living, eating & gardening. ©Eden's Organic Garden Center/CSA Farm

Organic produce from the Texas Worm Ranch will be available for purchase. ©Texas Worm Ranch

Savoy Sorbet creates speciality sorbets made from flowers, herbs, spices & seeds. ©Savoy Sorbet

Beginning a new trend in Lake Highlands, and based on a widely endorsed model, members of the new Dallas Eco-op are hosting a pop-up market next week at the Eco-Op's home base on Shoreview Road.

Local markets have gained in popularity in the metroplex – as well as nationwide – as more folks jump on the slow food movement bandwagon.

It's all about growing your own food, getting to know your farmer, and supporting local co-ops that endorse organic practices.

It's also about sustainability and a commitment to community and the environment.

A similar "on the fly" pop-up market in April, hosted by Texas Worm Ranch, was a success, so now they're back for more.

This time it promises more Eco-Op partners and participants including:

• Texas Honeybee Guild
• Texas Worm Ranch
• Texas Olive Ranch
• Eden's Organic Farm
• WeMe Bread
• Wackym's Kitchen
• Savoy Sorbet
• Calais Winery
• Recycle Revolution
• Grow North Texas

Susie Marshall, who represents the non-profit Grow North Texas and is helping organize the event, says the group is also working to book a food truck and possibly a local brewery.

The pop-up market is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A second market is on the calendar for next month – Wednesday, July 11th at the same time.

If the popularity of April's dry run is any indication and these two installments go well, it's possible the Eco-Op pop-ups could become a regular occurrence.

Let's hope so. It's good for our dinner tables, our families and the neighborhood.

See you next Wednesday at the pop-up!

In the interest of full disclosure, it's probably a good idea to mention that my husband is the newest partner of Texas Worm Ranch and helped form the Dallas Eco-Op. (Proud of him and the entire Eco-Op team. Thrilled, in fact. Love it.)

The Eco-op is located at 10137 Shoreview Drive at Ferndale, just east of White Rock Skate and next door to the Crop Shop.

You can RSVP to the June market on the Facebook event page.

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