A few weekends ago I visited the Dallas Farmers Market and have been meaning to blog about it ever since! I’ve just been so busy lately, and it’s nice to finally have a chance to catch up on some things I’ve been putting off for a while. It’s only Monday, but so far Spring Break has been amazing. I’m getting some blog posts written, I hung up a pile of clothes that we’ve been collecting in our closet for almost a month (it was ridiculous how big that stack was…), and I’ve been able to try out some new recipes in the kitchen. I’m not exaggerating when I say I desperately needed this break!
And back to the Farmers Market… As I said, I went a few weekends ago when Isaac was out of town and I was wanting something fun to do. I decided to go to the Farmers Market because the weather was gorgeous and I wanted to find some locally grown produce to use when meal prepping for the week. I brought Lillie with me and we had so much fun exploring, looking at all of the things for sale and getting lots of pets and scratches (well… Lillie did. Luckily none of that happened to me!).
The Dallas Farmers Market currently consists of two separate buildings- The Shed and The Market. They are in the process of expanding, and by 2017 there will also be a park, community garden and luxury housing- super cool!
The Shed is where you find all of your produce and goods. There are units for rent, and multiple vendors set up, selling everything from homemade soap to delicious gluten-free cupcakes to produce and meat. I think I walked around it probably 4 or 5 times because there was so much to see. I’m also a sucker for free samples, and there were many to try! This is where I bought kale and butter lettuce (grown in Denton), carrots, grapefruit (honestly the best I’ve ever had) and homemade salsa. I was able to get all of that for under $20, and I was very pleased with the quality of the produce. It was all fresh, crisp and flavorful. I also tried a chocolate gluten-free cupcake (because I just couldn’t resist), and it was the best cupcake I’ve ever had… So gooey and rich. I later told Isaac that if I hadn’t been in public I would have licked the liner and container it came in. #noshame
Bonus: The Shed is dog friendly! Lillie loved all the new smells and she did great with the crowd.
Hours: Fridays 10am to 5pm, Saturdays 8am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 5pm
Since I brought Lillie with me, I wasn’t able to go into The Market, but it smelled divine from outside! This is where you can find additional shops and restaurants to try. According to their website, The Market “is a 26,000 square foot food hall and artisanal vendor market containing four anchor restaurants, a mixture of local specialty foods, artisanal food vendors and seating areas both inside and out where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in a view of the Dallas skyline or observing the market-goers.”
So basically, a place to grab some yummy food and people-watch. My kind of place! I want to go back soon with Isaac (and- sorry Lillie- no dog) so we can check out The Market and try some of the food. Staring through the windows just didn’t do the place justice. And I sort of looked like a creep.
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am-6pm
I loved my trip to the Dallas Farmers Market! The weather was gorgeous, the people were friendly and I enjoyed exploring this new part of Dallas. This is a great place to go to this time of year, with the warmer temperatures and the seasonal produce that is going to start making an appearance. This would also be a fun place to visit over spring break and to teach your kids about the benefits of shopping locally. I can’t wait to go back!
If you’d like to read more about the Dallas Farmer’s Market, you can visit their website here or follow them on Instagram!
Have you ever gone to a Farmers Market before? Tell me about it in the comments below!