I visited the Dallas Farmers Market yesterday, hoping to find the inspiration I needed to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. Since this would be my first real visit to the Market, I wanted learn what the market had to offer. I was able to purchase seven beefsteak tomatoes for only $2 — a much better price than I’d find at the grocery store. But more importantly, the selection was incredible and the vegetables were so beautiful that even a die-hard meat-and-potatoes lover would find them hard to resist.
Navigating the market:
The Dallas Market is located near the heart of downtown Dallas and consists of four large sheds and a floral vendor. Produce is sold in sheds 1, 3 and 4. Shed 3 is reserved for eateries and all other items, such as locally-raised beef, chicken and lamb; herbs and spices; and locally-roasted coffee. Vendors adjacent to the market and across the street sell plants and lawn and garden items and provide a comfort cushion from downtown’s looming skyscrapers a short distance away.
Three types of produce vendors:
- Local Farmers – Local farmers selling their own produce are identified with “Verified LOCAL Farmer” signs. To qualify for this designation, farmers must sell produce grown within a 150-mile radius of Dallas. The best time to purchase produce from local farmers is early Saturday morning. Unfortunately, there were no local farmers when I visited Sunday.
- Produce Dealers – Produce dealers are merchants that buy and resell produce purchased from growers or wholesale produce warehouses. During the height of local produce season, produce dealers may also sell produce grown by local farmers.
- Wholesalers – Wholesale vendors offer produce in bulk quantities at wholesale prices.