With spring approaching, it is about time for a whole new crop of fruits, veggies and flowers to be in season. There’s no better way to get these goods than shopping at farmers markets that support growers and makers in the DFW area. Here are our favorite venues around town, each with something unique to offer.
Celina Market on the Square
If Saturday morning markets are not your thing, check out the Friday Night Market on the Square in Celina. The heart behind this concept was to create a destination spot in the historic downtown of Celina where neighbors, farmers, producers and artisans can come together. The market features 40 vendors offering products that include baked goods, skin-care products, crafts, fresh produce and more. On select nights, the market also hosts Art at the Market where artists can apply to be vendors. After a night of shopping and listening to live music, head to one of the local restaurants on the square for dinner.
The Friday Night Market is open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, March through November.Celina Market on the Square >
Coppell Farmers Market
The Coppell Farmers Market was established in 2003 and has grown to host up to 55 vendors during peak season, all from within a 150-mile radius of Coppell. This event selectively supports farmers and food producers only, unlike some other markets that also host crafts. The setting consists of a permanent pavilion with both indoor and outdoor booths, a farm-themed playground for the smallest shoppers and an interactive splash pad open from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays beginning in May. Vendors accept the Lone Star Card, allowing Texas food stamps customers to use their benefits there. Pro tip: After visiting the famers market, walk next door to George: Coffee + Provisions, a picturesque hotspot for coffee lovers.
Coppell Farmers Market is open 8 a.m.-noon every other Saturday, January through March, and every Saturday, April through December.Coppell Farmers Market >
Dallas Farmers Market
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the Dallas Farmers Market is no exception. This staple of downtown Dallas has been around since 1941 and continues to educate the community about how to live in a natural, balanced way. There are two components to the Dallas Farmers Market: The Market and The Shed. The Market is made up of a 26,000-square-foot food hall and vendor area featuring restaurants and specialty foods, gift booths, floral shops and more. The Shed is an open-air pavilion full of regional vendors who grow and produce food. In addition to the naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs, honey, fruit, veggies and breads, The Shed also features art vendors.
Dallas Farmers Market is open year round. The Market is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; The Shed is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sunday.Dallas Farmers Market >
Denton Community Market
Denton Community Market in downtown Denton features local growers and artists, as well as live music, activities for the kiddos, food trucks, food vendors and more. The goal of the market is to provide economic opportunities for local artists, businesses and food vendors to strengthen the Denton community. Since music is a big part of the local community, the market loves to support different Denton musicians each weekend.
Denton Community Market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, April through November.Denton Community Market >
Frisco Fresh Market
Frisco Fresh Market is located in the heart of Frisco, surrounded by chic hotels, modern office spaces, Toyota Stadium and neighborhood homes. Centered in the middle of this community, the market hopes to encourage a healthy and happy “live, work and play” atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all. The open-air pavilion spans 16,000 square feet and hosts more than 92 stalls. Vendors sell everything from fresh produce and meat, to specialty foods and even a little something for your four-legged friend. The market hosts seasonal and monthly events including cook-offs, live music, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Come July, the market hopes to open an indoor food area for guests to enjoy.
Frisco Fresh Market is open year round, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sunday.Frisco Fresh Market >
Georgia’s Farmers Market
When on the hunt for fresh fruits and veggies, look no farther than Georgia’s Farmers Market, nestled in Downtown Plano for the past 20 years. A distinguishable characteristic about this market is the friendly customer service from owner Cameron Satterthwaite. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers relishes, sauces, pickled quail eggs, flowers and more. Seasonal produce is shipped to Georgia’s year-round, with organic crops coming from Texas in the summer, from Tennessee in the late summer and from Florida after that.
Georgia’s Farmers Market is open year round, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.Georgia's Farmers Market >
Grapevine Farmers Market
The indoor Grapevine Farmers Market excels at providing food for special dietary needs, including vegan and gluten free options. Vendors at this year-round market offer baked goods, homemade gifts, local honey, beeswax candles, gourmet chocolates, organic grass-fed beef, homemade dips, plants and more. Shoppers can even purchase a different homemade ice cream for each season, such as peach ice cream made from Parker County Peaches. Since the Grapevine Farmers Market is open every day, you may see locals walking to market to buy their milk or produce for the day and come back the following day to get their ingredients for the next day’s meals.
Grapevine Farmers Market is open year round, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.
McKinney Farmers Market
Nestled in the historic village of Chestnut Square, the McKinney Farmers Market works hard to recreate bygone market days in the old Jockey Lot, the original McKinney market that started in the late 1800s. Surrounded by historic homes and buildings, guests can shop options of local and sometimes organic meats, dairy, honey, produce, baked goods, wine, plants and more. As shoppers peruse through the 70 different vendor booths, they will also find specialty food and drink items like tamales, teas and ginger beer. This open-air market also offers a selection of arts and crafts vendors who sell everything from locally made goat milk soap to jewelry and candles. In addition to shopping the old fashioned way, every Saturday guests can enjoy live music, face painting and pony rides.
McKinney Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays, December through March, and every Saturday, April through November.
Red Tent Markets
Red Tent Markets offer two farmers markets in Plano, one at The Shops at Willow Bend and one that opened at Granite Park March 1. Approximately 20 local vendors pop up every Saturday in the parking lot of The Shops at Willow Bend to sell baked goods, honey, pasta, handmade gifts and whatever produce happens to be in season. The Granite Park market is the smallest local one, hosting approximately 15 vendors under the new shade pavilion. After shopping, check out one of the restaurants along The Boardwalk for lunch.
Willow Bend Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday, year round. Granite Park Farmers Market is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sunday.Red Tent Market >