When we lived in California years ago, one of the perks we enjoyed was the abundance of real farmers markets where you can visit and connect with growers and artisans in the area. When we moved to Dallas, White Rock Lake Market (WRLM) was the only one we found where we had the same experience. Now our favorite community farmers market is kicking off the new season under the banner of Good Local Markets and has expanded to three locations around Dallas.
The wonderful thing is that when you visit, you know that you’re buying 100% from local growers and makers. This was the market where we discovered Heather Rinaldi of Texas Worm Ranch who started us off at vermicomposting (the worms are still alive after several years), Village Baking Company, Texas Honey Bee Guild, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, Alpha Omega Acres, Baugh Farms, Blue Yarn Farms, Brazos Valley Cheese, Cita’s Salsa, Fisher Family Farm, Good Earth Organics, JJ&B Jams and Jellies, JuHa Ranch to name a few. Over 100 vendors will be participating. The inaugural market is this Saturday March 14th at the original location at Green Spot.
“Good Local Markets will continue the mission started by White Rock Local Market, creating economic opportunities for local growers and makers, while bringing good food to Dallas residents,” says GLM Director Sarah Perry. “Good Local Markets will be the umbrella organization for all programming – Good Kids classes, volunteer days, workshops and annual cooking contests including our popular Chili Cook-Off slated for April 19.”
Here’s the schedule:
White Rock Market is held the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the original Green Spot location (702 Buckner Boulevard).
Vickery Meadow Market is held every Sunday beginning March 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 5803 E. Northwest Highway in the NW corner of the Half Price Books flagship store parking lot.
The 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month Lakeside Markets are located at Lakeside Baptist Church, 9150 Garland Road beginning March 21.
Good Local Markets is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization which supports local farmers, ranchers and artisans by providing a public space to sell fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, hand-crafted foods and other products while serving thousands of residents looking for healthy and locally sourced foods. Additionally Good Local Markets offers the Lone Star food stamp program, Love Your Farmer volunteer days, educational programs and workshops.
Till our next Happy Meal!
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