Farmers Market, Dallas
Beginning in the late 19th century, farmers began selling their fresh produce in various locations from their wagons. Around 1900, the intersection of Pearl and Cadiz streets became the hub of a brisk wholesale business. Large quantities of produce were sold along with chickens, pigs, goats, and eggs. As demand for farm-fresh produce and meat grew it was clear that a better-organized system was needed. In 1939, the site of the Dallas Farmers Market was formalized and the first shed established. The site was officially sanctioned as a municipally-owned and operated market in December 1941.
Today, the Dallas Farmers Market features three kinds of sellers: produce dealers, wholesale dealers and local farmers. Monthly yard sales, cooking classes, workshops, and seasonal festivals also take place throughout the year. Floral and garden vendors are located adjacent to the market.
Shopping the Market
The Shed The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market is an open air pavilion where you can shop from vendors that grow, raise, make and produce your food. You will find mix of farmers with seasonal produce, ranchers with naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs, and honey, and food artisans that make breads, canned and regional/international foods. The Shed also has a handful of Arts and Crafts vendors throughout the year.
The Shed Hours:
Fridays – 10am to 3pm Saturdays – 9am to 5pm Sundays – 10am to 5pm
To help with your shopping experience, below is a list of vendors approved in The Shed. These are all small businesses and may not be there every market day. The Shed Map is date specific and changes each market day. Be sure to scroll to date on left side. http://maps.managemymarket.com/3070
The Market Open 7 days a week. Daily 11am-7pm | Friday 11am-8pm Some vendors are open additional hours, see the directory below for additional information.
The Market – 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.
For several years, the Dallas City Council Economic Development Committee has been in talks with developers. In early December 2013, plans were announced (subject to approval) for mixed-use residential and retail redevelopment of the area. Announced plans include tearing down Sheds 3 & 4, replacing them with retail space and roughly 300 residential units, and converting Shed 2 entirely to retail and a food pavilion. Shed 1, the only property still owned by the city, will house the remaining actual farmer's market, with an expected doubling of the number of stalls available to local farmers.