Farm and gardening guru Tom "Spiceman" Spicer, who supplied produce to many of the city's top restaurants, died today at the age of 58. The Dallas Morning News reports that Spicer "was found today in the kitchen of his home near Bryan Adams High School. . . . friends believe that Tom, who counted high blood pressure among his health issues, died of natural causes."
Spicer previously owned and operated FM1410, a small shop next to Jimmy's Food Store where folks could buy everything from fresh greens to dime bags of mushrooms. He lost his lease last year and had since relocated to Garden Cafe.
Says D's Nancy Nichols: "To say this is a huge loss to Dallas would understate what the charming, delightful, perfectly kooky Tom Spicer, an agricultural force in this area for over 30 years, meant to the culinary community."