Dallas Farmers Market

Dallas Farmers Market

Once a humble horse-and-wagon wholesale business, the Dallas Farmers Market has grown with the city and turned into a hub for farm-fresh vegetables, dairy and more. Today, it stands as a symbol of Dallas’ commitment to the health and nutrition of the people who call this city home.

As Dallas began to flourish in the late 19th century, farmers began to sell their produce in locations around the city from their wagons. Soon enough, the intersection of South Pearl Expressway and Cadiz Street became the hub of a thriving wholesale business—produce, chickens, pigs, eggs, and goats were all sold to the people of North Texas. But as the city grew, so did the demand for farm-fresh produce and meat. So, in 1939, the site of the Dallas Farmers Market was expanded, and the first Shed was established. By 1941, the site was officially sanctioned as a municipally owned and operated market.

In 1991, the Dallas Farmers Market Friends was formed by the driving force and tireless long-time supporter of the DFM, “Mama” Ida Papert. She began shopping at the DFM in 1953 convinced that preparing locally grown food was worth the effort.

Mama Ida was more than a shopper, she was a local matriarch. She could be found at the market every Saturday morning carrying her personalized bag that said, “Ida’s Gotta Have it”, filled to the brim with produce. She delivered preserves to each stall made from produce bought at the market. Ida took this passion for the farmers and enthusiasm for the market and created the Friends of the Farmers Market, a non-profit advocacy group. In 1993 she joined forces with the American Institute of Wine & Food to start the cooking classes enjoyed by enthusiastic foodies at the market.

Today, in the heart of downtown, the Dallas Farmers Market exists to cultivate a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for all of North Texas. The Dallas Farmers Market is proudly Go Texan Certified, Member of the Farm Bureau + Dallas Agricultural Club + Farmers Market Coalition + American Farm Bureau Federation + Best of Dallas by Dallas Observer and a Certified Farmers Market by The Texas Department of Agriculture.

Honesty, transparency, and responsibility are the guiding forces behind our organization. We believe in educating our community about how to live in a natural, balanced way. In the heart of downtown, is where you’ll find the Dallas Farmers Market.

Event: Watermelon festival
Date and Time: August 3 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Dallas Farmers Market 920 S Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75201
Description:  Take a bite out of summer at the 2nd Annual Watermelon Festival! The Dallas Farmers Market is kicking off National Farmers Market Week with a Texas-sized celebration! Get a taste of this season’s heavy hitters – Sugar Babies, Truck Busters, Summer Gold and more! Watermelon eating contests, watermelon bowling, seed spitting contests, and classic family favorites will keep the celebration going all day! Enjoy live music, demos, family-friendly activities, tastings and more! Visitors should also bring their market bag, as the weekend market will be in full swing. Farms, ranches, artisanal foods, and artisan craft vendors will be in the mix too!

Stay at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Grand Prairie to attend the Watermelon Festival

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Comfort Suites Grand Prairie is 21 miles away from the Dallas Farmers Market.

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