Just in time for the fall harvest — and perhaps another sign that we’re all getting back to basics — is DEEP ELLUM URBAN GARDENS. Much like the fervent appreciation for American-made heritage brands and repurposed furniture, the new public vegetable, herb and fruit garden may usher in a new generation of urban green thumbs who pine for planting and plucking their own stock. At the corner of Good Latimer Expressway and Canton Street, the garden — part of the Deep Ellum Community Association — is for residents of Deep Ellum and the Downtown District Incorporated neighborhood around Dallas Farmers Market. Residents can apply for 4-by-4-foot or 4-by-8-foot plots to garden their greens. An on-site shed is filled with tools for tending plants, and a bike rack encourages area residents to leave their cars at home. While going to Whole Foods Market may be easier, this is all very Hameau de la Reine — Marie Antoinette’s countryside retreat, where she pretended to be a milkmaid. In this harried day and age, who doesn’t appreciate a little old-school throwback? Sans that awful guillotine, of course. deepellumtexas.com, facebook.com/deepellumurbangardens — Kristie Ramirez
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