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Dallas Farmers Market

Dallas

TX

USA

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
January 7, 2002
December 14, 2017

8-1/2 acres including four large open-sided sheds and an enclosed shed, which accommodate around 1,000 vendors daily.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The Dallas Farmers Market is recognized as a true farmers market where farmers sell their crops. Located downtown, it provides a unique opportunity to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables in an urban setting. Its location makes it a prime shopping spot for office workers, as well as local consumers and tourists.

Access & Linkages

prime downtown location!

Comfort & Image

In the '90s, the market underwent a $15 million renovation that included the addition of a new Market Resource Center, an all-weather shed, improved pedestrian walkways, and more parking.

Uses & Activities

The market offers a variety of special events, such as cooking classes taught by local chefs, and the Harvest Days series, which includes tastings, activities for children, and entertainment. Past surveys have shown that more than five million shoppers use the facility annually and spend over $20 million.

Sociability

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

Farmers have been selling their fresh produce on the streets of Dallas since the 1860s. The intersection of Pearl and Cadiz Streets evolved as the center of activity, with farmers selling not only produce, but also chickens, pigs and goats. As business grew, traffic congestion increased, along with complaints from residents of the neighborhood.

When the new City Hall was built in 1913, the open-air market moved to its present location. In the late 1930's the city began organizing the area and the first sheds were built. New sheds were added in 1941, 1946, 1954, 1982 and 1994. The five sheds provide space for over 1,000 farmers to sell produce daily, as well as selling specialty foods like jam, cheese and spices; locally made arts and crafts; jewelry; and kitchen accessories. Floral vendors participate from March through December.

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