I fell in love with the Dallas Farmers Market back when I was pregnant with Kyler. Where else can you go to satisfy cravings for fresh mango, watermelon, tamales, and snow-cones all in one place? Now, we frequent this place every few weeks to stock up on delicious, fresh produce and to indulge in the array of samples. Just a few weeks back, Kyler had his very first taste of honey dew melon, which can be seen in this post. The Farmers Market is not only fun and filling for the kids, but you can make it an educational experience for them as well!
Although Kyler is still too young to grasp the concept of healthy foods, he does enjoy strolling the aisles and experiencing all the bright colors, new smells, and friendly faces. A place like this is the perfect FREE opportunity to expose you kids to new things. It’s a fun setting to teach about cultural foods, the effect that seasons have on our food, and the simple principles of economics.
Of course buying the produce is not free, but seasonal produce is usually less expensive than the major grocery stores. The quality really is great, and supporting local farmers is always an added benefit. In addition to TONS of produce selection, you can find meat markets, eateries, artisan merchants, and beautiful garden centers. So, next weekend when you are tired of doing the same thing, head over to the Dallas Farmers Market and make a day out of it!
If you’re planning to go this weekend, here are a few tips to help you on your way:
- You’ll find the Farmers Market in the business district of downtown at the corner of South Harwood Street and Marilla Street.
- Parking is FREE. There are 2 parking lots off of Harwood Street, one between Sheds 3 and 4, and another adjacent to Shed 2, Limited parking also is available under Sheds 1, 3, and 4 and there is a parking lot located behind the Operations Building, at the corner of Farmers Road and Pearl Expressway.
- The Market is open 362 days a year from 8am to 6pm; only closing for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas.
- Look for the Verified Local Farmer signs at booths if you’re looking to buy “local.” This means the farmer is within 150 miles of Dallas.
- For the best selection, come early; for the best deals, come late in the day.
- Bring your own bag and bring cash as most vendors don’t accept credit!