Folks kept asking, ” Why don’t you go down to the really BIG farmer’s market in downtown Dallas?” We went to buy three things, some really fabulous tomatoes, ripe peaches and get some kale. Our local Walmart decided to stop carrying kale. Even the little tag to show it’s spot was gone, Boo hoo! It was the cheapest kale around. Since it is a major component of our morning green smoothies we needed to get some more.
Road trip, on Saturday morning! We went at 8 a.m. The farmers market is located on:
Dallas Farmers Market 1010 S. Pearl Expressway Dallas, TX 75201
(At the corner of Harwood and Marilla Streets, in the southeast corner of Downtown Dallas.)
Open seven-days-a-week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, 362 days a year.
The Market is CLOSED on New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
The fresh tomatoes from this stand were amazing! We asked a local farmer who grew mushrooms to point us to the best tomatoes and she pointed out Lemley’s. We bought a small bag of about 8. Turns out that would never be enough! We had friends over and they raved about these tomatoes, just like home grown and what they remembered tomatoes should taste like. The pico we made with these and the fresh Texas sweet onions was so flavorful we used it as salad dressing.
We ended up buying the peaches from them too. They were equally yummy, and we bought some yellow and zucchini squash from another farmer and they were tasty ( but it is hard to ruin squash if the are not too large and seedy). The only disappointment was the watermelon we purchased, it was just OK.
Then we decided to go to the produce wholesalers and buy some corn for corn on the cob with friends, we found a box of 48 ears. Wow, that is a lot of corn, even after friends ate with us for several nights, we still ended up freezing some. The case of kale had like 30 big bunches in it. At 16 dollars a case it’s a great price, I just do not know how to use it before it spoils. I guess I will cook some down and freeze for soups.
The market is open air with covering overhead. The parking was right in front of the stands. There were aisles of local only, then aisles with some additional outside product (like pineapples and Mexican mangoes). They were clearly marked. Lots of selection, Farmers and workers very willing to sample anything . Nice people, everywhere. I will go back often. A lady I met said they have a neighborhood co-op group of 4 ladies who alternate going once a week. That seem like a nice idea, But I am so picky!