Spring has finally, officially sprung; flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and fresh fruits and vegetables abound at the Dallas Farmers Market, located in DowntownDallas at 1010 S. Pearl Expressway. Open every day of the week, 362 days a year, the Dallas Farmer’s Market has a little something for every tastebud and hobby: hot homemade food, fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as quilts, crafts, plants and even homemade soaps and fragrances. No one will leave empty-handed.
The Dallas Farmer’s Market consists of three main areas, each with its own scents and temptations. When I walked into the permanent vendor shed, I was surprised to see people of all ages lined up for a bit of lunch at the Pecan Lodge Barbecue joint. This line to deliciousness moves quickly, however, and results in a plate overflowing with juicy pork or chicken. Since I had already eaten lunch, I passed the BBQ line and instead got a fresh cold pressed organic beet and pineapple juice, while resisting being tempted by the artisan cheeses, wines and Bundt cakes on display at the surrounding booths. I will definitely be back for lunch, and dinner, and dessert, and snacks, and take-out, soon.
The next two areas contain fresh produce for extremely reasonable prices. I bought something delectable at almost every booth, to spread the love and support local farmers. Spending under $20, I left with sacks of brussel sprouts, zucchini, squash, huge grapefruit, garlic, kale, spices and nuts. This usually would have cost me over $50 at the grocery store.
The third area also contains plants for landscaping and planting, and fresh-cut flowers. If I had been thought ahead and brought a cart or bag with wheels, I would have loaded up on the inexpensive ferns, seedlings, and maybe even some flowers for the dinner table. I will know for next time and come prepared!
The State of Awesome is known for showcasing unique attractions, and the Dallas Farmers Market is no different. You could spend hours just looking at everything this self-contained village has to offer, all while snacking on local grub and listening to live bands.
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