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Dallas Farmers Market

Your One-Stop Shop for Seasonal Fresh Produce & Local Goodies

Long days, warm nights, good friends, and good food. These are the essentials of summertime! One of our favorite summer pastimes is the farmers markets. We love recommending each of our guests to visit the Dallas Farmers Market. Now a staple of the city and a hub for fresh produce and local goods, the Dallas Farmers Market shows off the best that the Big D has to offer.

When you stay with us at our Dallas bed and breakfast, you’ll be within a 10-minute drive of the famous fresh produce market. Upon arrival, you’ll find yourself in the heart of downtown Dallas. Visiting the DFM benefits you and the community. The positive effects of buying fresh produce from local farmers are resounding. The variety you’ll be able to choose from will make you want to come back. Read on to learn all about the Dallas Farmers Market!

dallas farmers market stall with variety of organic vegetable

The History of the Dallas Farmers Market

It all started out as a horse-and-wagon business. Just as Dallas was beginning to flourish, farmers came from far and wide to sell their crop at the up-and-coming fresh produce market. As it grew in popularity, so did the need for farmers. In 1939, the first Shed was built cementing the significance of the market. By 1941, it was officially sanctioned as a municipality owned and operated market.

Today, the Dallas Farmers Market is home to over 200 small business vendors and supports more than 50 Texas farmers and ranchers throughout the year. It is a popular weekend destination for many locals and visitors alike. Good food and a good time – what more could you ask for!

Here in Dallas, we cherish our acclaimed farmers market. For generations, family vendors have grown into icons that give back to the community. An important figure of the DFM is “Mama” Ida Papert. She began attending the market weekly in 1953. Ever since then, her passion for supporting local produce and business encouraged her to begin the Friends of the Farmers Market, a non-profit advocacy group. Her support grew into hosting cooking classes at the market in collaboration with the American Institute of Wine & Food. Her legacy lives on with the success of the DFM.

What to Expect

The Farmers Market @ The Shed is an open-air pavilion where farmers and ranchers from northern Texas gather each weekend to sell their freshest produce. Find anything from naturally raised meats to seasonal fruits and vegetables to canned goods. Sign up for the DFM newsletter to stay up to date on what’s produced this growing season and which vendors will show up this weekend.

Maneuver through the fresh produce market with a provided wagon and enjoy the cooler air made possible by misters and ceiling fans. Take part in the Veggie Valet: upon leaving, staff will hold your produce at the Information Booth while you swing your car around!

If you want to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a dessert, and buy a memorable souvenir all in one place, you can’t miss The Market. Open seven days a week, the 26,000 square-foot food hall/artisan market is a mixture of restaurants, artisanal food vendors, and local specialty food shops. There is plenty of outdoor and indoor seating to allow you to soak in the pleasantries of downtown Dallas.

A Foodie’s Paradise

The DFM is perfect for everyone. It’s for those who love to cook and be cooked for. It’s for the gourmands and those taking chances by trying new things.

The food options at the DFM allow you to try something different with each visit. Dive into Latin culture and try the best tamales in Dallas at El Mero Mero. Embrace the finer things and visit authentic French bakeries like Chelles Macarons and La 57. Imbibe in exquisite cocktails at The Reserve by Taqueria Taxco. You will never forget the presentation!

We love hearing how much our guests love the food at the DFM. If you need help choosing what to eat, we’ll gladly give you recommendations of our favorite restaurants.

More Than Just Food

Remember when we mentioned gifts and souvenirs? Visit The Market to explore a plethora of beautifully crafted items that will surely become keepsakes. See the famous hat bar at Flea Style, a Texas-based clothing store. Their signature vegan hats are adorned with new and vintage patches to keep in touch with southern style. Bring a little piece of Texas back home with you by visiting Texas Goods Company. Here you’ll find unique accent pieces in the “Rustique” and European Antique styles. Consider a one-of-a-kind candle as a gift for a special someone.

Events & Activities

DFM hosts several seasonal family friendly events every year. You and your friends can attend live music shows, chat with even more artisanal vendors, and watch chef demonstrations. With Easter coming up, visit the fresh produce market to “Get Eggcited for Easter” with goodie bags and professional family photo ops. On the first Friday of each month, downtown Dallas hosts First Friday + M.A.D.E (Makers, Artisans, Designers, Eats).

You are bound to hit Happy Hour any day of the week at The Market. Take part in sweet deals and promotions on the most excellent cuisine and drink in the Big D. Spend your Friday Night at Triva Night at the Market. If you enjoy music, beer, and bingo, visit The 2nd Tap for Music Bingo every Wednesday. And finally, what a time it is to be in Dallas now. Enjoy the rare viewing of the total solar eclipse right at the DMF on April 8, 2024!

Tips for Visiting the Dallas Farmers Market

The weekly fresh produce market is always a grand time and attracts a lot of visitors. As you plan your visit to our Dallas bed and breakfast, consider these factors to make your trip as successful as possible.

Parking fills up quickly on the weekends. Paid parking is available at several locations around the market square, both on the street and in lots. If you elect not to drive, taking DART, the public transportation system, couldn’t be easier. There is a bus stop down the block from our hotel.

If you want to avoid the intense summer heat, consider visiting the farmers market earlier in the day. You’ll also avoid most of the crowds. Wear durable shoes as you may find yourself on your feet for a while, given there’s so much to look at. Keep in mind that some vendors only accept payment in cash, so come prepared. 

A trip to Dallas wouldn’t be complete without visiting the famous Dallas Farmers Market. Experience the epic cultural hub by tasting the freshest food, shopping with local vendors, and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. Stay with us at our boutique bed and breakfast and you’ll have easy access to the thrill of the heart of Dallas. We’ll help make it unforgettable. Cheers, y’all!

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