About 25 farmers markets will open Saturday in North Dallas, the first time that’s happened since the city launched a farmers market pilot in 2012.
The North Texas Farmers Market is a collaboration between the Texas A&M University Extension Service, the Dallas Area Agri-Food Marketing Association and Dallas-based farmer and business owner Jody Ponder.
The city of Dallas, which has struggled with a shortage of food and water in recent years, had planned to have more than 30 participating markets by the end of 2018, but that number grew to nearly 70 this year.
The goal was to help fill the gap in the market, said Joanne Johnson, director of marketing for the Texas Department of Agriculture.
The department’s goal was always to provide a viable food supply for Dallas residents.
“We wanted to have a great food market,” Johnson said.
“The market is a great place for people to meet, meet friends and shop.
It’s a great way for people in Dallas to go shopping and shop.”
The North Dallas Farmers Market opens Saturday at 9 a.m.
The farmers market at North Dallas Elementary School will open later.
The markets at Lyle’s Dairy and the Garden Center will be open from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
The Dallas Farmers Markets will be available on the following sites:The Dallas Area Farmers Market will be at 10 a., noon and 4 p.
The North Dallas Farmer Market will start at noon and 3 p.
The Lyle Dairy Farmers Market at 7 p.ltr Farmers Market Market will open at noon on Saturday.
The Garden Center Farmers Market (which will have two stages) will open on Saturday at 4 p, while the Lyle Farmers Market on the West End will open with its usual hours.
The farmer market is in partnership with the Dallas-area AgriLife Extension Service.