Farmers Markets around Dallas
Coming to Dallas from Los Angeles and was curious about the farmers markets around town!
Do they have Food stands selling tamales, bbq and kettle korn at the FMs? Or is it just produce for sell?
And if there is Food Stands, what stands would you recommend at what markets?
Thanks for your help!
Dallas Farmers Market would be the closest market to what you are looking for. They have two shed full of produce, one heavy on the influence of large growers in the valley and Mexico, the other is starting to become more local farmers. I have been many times over the years and it is a welcome sight to see the local farmers making a come back. If you are however looking for organic produce there are several local farms that are listed on the following website. If you are up for a drive into the country for cheaper prices and better quality I would recommend it. The local farms have a contact number and you can call them to see what is in season. From my knowledge of gardening with my family, the following is in season right now: okra, some squash, late peppers and tomatoes (we were in the 80's until just before Thanksgiving), Texas Navel Oranges (sweetest orange).
There are a few local cities that have very small markets usually on Saturday mornings: Coppell, Lewisville, Frisco, McKinney, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie are some that have markets (about 5-6 vendors). There is also a farm in Celina, TX that specializes in heirloom tomatoes, Moss Gathers (on Local harvest website). I would call to see the availability on their tomatoes but I would imagine they will still have quite a few.
One of our zip codes is 75001 (Should give you about the middle of the Metroplex (Addison))
Oddly enough, your most comprehensive guide to area farmers markets may be in the DMN:
The above link is slightly broken at their end but the text is still readable.
Bear in mind the following generalisations:
* many (most?) farmers markets have closed for the season;
* The Dallas Farmers Market is 'big mother' of farmers markets in the Dallas area;
* I went to the Frisco and McKinney markets at prime time this summer. Unfortunately, they are very small and some early vendor supporters have already pulled out. I hope they prosper, but unfortunately the people in those communities are doing a lousy job of supporting them. In my own town of Plano (pop. 250,000) the farmers market closed down several years ago. This isn't Portland, OR or Santa Monica.