BUY LOCAL: 10 GO-TO FARMERS MARKETS IN DALLAS

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MORGAN BILLINGS

MAY 31, 2019

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Is there a better way to spend a Saturday morning or evening after work than by grabbing a coffee, smoothie, or green juice and strolling around your local farmers market? Whether you’re getting your weekly haul of groceries or leisurely browsing the latest vendors, Dallas's local markets are ideal places to find quality, locally-grown produce and honey, handmade sweets, dips, soaps, and more.

And since we’re lucky enough to live in Texas, our farmers markets even sell tamales, salsas, and breakfast tacos, too. So, go ahead and pull up your Google calendar and grab your reusable tote — you’re not gonna want to pass up the goods at these farmers market go-tos.

Open year-round, rain or shine, the Coppell Farmers Market is a Saturday staple. Its vendors vary week to week depending on what’s in season but you can always count on fresh fruits and veggies, honey, handmade soaps, gifts, and so much more. After you’ve stocked up, stick around and make a day of it — this Old Town Coppell hot spot has a shaded pavilion, a farm-themed playground, an interactive fountain area, and several restaurants conveniently within walking distance.

In the heart of downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers, the Dallas Farmers Market at The Shed is a breath of fresh air… quite literally. Fresh produce, meats, seafood, jarred goods (think pickles and salsa), coffee, handmade cards, candles, desserts — you can find ALL the things here. As you can imagine, this is a popular place to go on weekends, so parking can be tricky. Fitt Tip: there’s a nearby apartment complex with a garage that offers parking for free — you just have to get there early to snag a spot!

Had a busy day and missed the market? No worries — The Farmers Branch Market in The Grove at Mustang Crossing is one of the few farmers markets open at night. Take advantage of cooler temps (and an adult beverage or two) by visiting during their “Twilight Hours” from 5pm–8pm on Saturdays from May to September to enjoy live music, wine and beer, and concessions while you shop their variety of vendors.

When it comes to fresh produce, we can all agree on quality over quantity, and that’s exactly what the Grand Prairie Farmers Market in Market Square is all about. While there might not be as many booths here as some other Dallas markets, there is TONS of deliciousness to be found at this Saturday setup. Fitt Tip: on opening day, the Farmers Market hosts a 5k fun run for the kiddos. Fitness and food? We’re in!

If you’re shopping at the Saint Michael’s Farmers Market on Saturdays from April to September, not only will you be grabbing locally-grown groceries, you’ll be supporting a cause. This market in North Dallas is a non-profit community outreach project of the Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church of Dallas and features about 40 booths each week from neighborhood culinary spots (ie. Tacodeli), local farms, and more. And trust us, they'll have everything you need to stock your pantry.

What started in 2009 as a produce-only market has blossomed into a weekend destination for fresh fruits and veggies, artisan foods, crafts, and community. And since the market is surrounded by White Rock Lake, the Arboretum, Casa Linda, and Little Forest Hills, you can spend an entire Saturday enjoying all East Dallas has to offer.

Denton’s very own Community Market is a producer-only farmers market (and art market!) just northwest of Dallas. And they pull out all the stops — live music, , food trucks, local vendors, booths for pets, and so much more. Skip hitting the snooze button and head here on the earlier side to ensure you snag a convenient parking spot. It typically sets up on Saturdays, from 9am to 1pm, but during the summer they get an early start at 8am.

The Cowtown Farmers Market in Fort Worth hosts tons of area farmers and artisans every Saturday who hand make incredible products using all local materials. Check in with their Facebook page often for a list of who you can expect to see or sign up to receive their weekly newsletter to stay up-to-date. Fitt Tip: as one of the few year-round farmers markets in DFW, the Cowtown Farmers Market is the perfect place to buy your Christmas tamales!

Founded on delivering their community its market staples, the Richardson Farmers Market draws over 40 vendors and many, many patrons each weekend. Stroll through Dal-Rich Towne Square on Saturday mornings and pick up produce, meats, eggs, honey, breads, and jams. The best part? Lunch is offered while supplies last!

Heading west toward Fort Worth will bring you to The Clearfork Farmers Market and, in turn, to some of the best local produce, dairy, kolaches, donuts, and jerky around. With over 25 farmers, ranchers, and artisans selling their wares each week, the Clearfork Farmers Market has everything you need for an ideal Saturday breakfast and beyond. Even better, you can stop by all year long.

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