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Discover Fresh Cravings at Local Farmers Markets

Spring has officially sprung and so have the farmers markets throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Full of friendly faces and only the freshest fruits and vegetables, these seasonal events are a popular, social activity worldwide. Not only do they encourage nutritious eating and healthy living, but they also fuel a strong sense of community.

The opportunities to buy and taste locally-grown goods are bountiful in the Dallas area. Choose from an abundance of nutrient-packed produce, such as berries, peaches and tomatoes or select your favorite flowers and herbs for an arrangement that will bring both refreshing color and fragrance into your home.

Our team has gathered a few must-see markets this spring, providing the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and neighbors in Frisco, see a live demonstration in McKinney or shop and dine at a bustling scene near Downtown Dallas.

Flavor in Frisco

From salmon to sweet, summer squash, the Frisco Farmers Market offers true variety every Saturday morning. Feast your eyes on the colorful display of fruits and vegetables as the spectacular selection and inviting atmosphere is sure to please.

Ideally located just four miles from Newman Village, this Frisco staple invites you to browse and indulge in delicious, seasonal offerings, which include juicy melons, peaches, tomatoes, corn on the cob, baked breads, meats, honey and pasture-fed beef, pork, lamb, eggs and more.

Founded by the Frisco Noon Lions Club and managed by the Rotary Club of Frisco, the market is dedicated to improving the quality and variety of produce available in Frisco.

This year, beginning on Sunday, May 7, the market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out.

Location: 8821 4th St, Frisco, TX 75034

Contact: (972) 885-9419

Website: www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com

Fun in McKinney

Ranked as one of the top markets in Texas, McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square has called Dallas home for nearly a decade.

Located just two miles south of the historic Downtown McKinney Square, Chestnut Square allows residents to step back in time to relive the bygone years of Collin County’s history and heritage.

In addition to providing the classics like grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and produce, this McKinney market is a fun destination for all ages. Every Saturday, you’ll find arts and crafts, live music, face painting and pony rides, as well as special live demonstrations from artisans, potters and painters.

The 2017 McKinney Farmers Market summer season will begin on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney, TX 75069

Contact: (972) 562-8790

Website: www.chestnutsquare.org/farmers-market

Healthy Living in Dallas

Since 1941, the Dallas Farmers Market has grown into a bustling food and shopping center that’s bursting with life and excitement every day of the week. With farm-fresh fare, restaurants, vendor booths and events, it’s easy to spend an entire day at this lively destination.

What makes this one different? Plenty!

Featuring more than 20 businesses, from a Neapolitan Pizza Truck and Caribbean-inspired restaurant to a bakery that specializes in French macarons, The Market Shops is a diverse hub for all things local and unique.

The expansive 26,000 square foot establishment is open seven days a week and contains four anchor restaurants, a mix of specialty foods, artisans and plenty of open seating for relaxing or enjoying a bite to eat.

While you’re there, peruse the cut-to-order cheeses, wine, beer and coffee joints, antique gifts, furniture, home decor and general store, which provides everything for farm-to-table meals and more.

Those solely interested in shopping will appreciate the high-quality display at The Shed, which offers market-goers a chance to peruse local goods that are grown, raised or made in the area. The open-air pavilion is an ideal place for farmers, ranchers and eclectic artisans to showcase their seasonal produce, naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs and honey, as well as breads and canned foods. The Shed also provides arts and crafts throughout the year.

Created to improve sustainable living throughout North Texas and educate the public about the benefits of homegrown ingredients, the Dallas Farmers Market designed a garden that encourages people to learn about agricultural practices.

In collaboration with the American Heart Association as well as several other partners, the garden, known as Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden, not only provides educational programs for every age, but it’s also used to help support the homeless by giving donations after each harvest through Family Gateway.

Dedicated to connecting people throughout DFW, providing nutritious and delicious foods and educating the community about a healthy and balanced lifestyle, this must-see attraction continues to thrive and help create a more sustainable lifestyle in North Texas.

The Market Shops are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., however some vendors are open additional hours.

Visit https://dallasfarmersmarket.org/the-market/ for a directory of the shops and their hours.

The Shed is open on weekends, including Fridays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 920 S. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact: (214) 664-9110

Website: www.dallasfarmersmarket.org

Take advantage of warmer weather and longer days by experiencing all that these unique and flavorful markets have to offer.

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