Celebrate the spring season by browsing the veggies, fruits and other delectable goodies at your local farmers market with the kids while checking a few items off your grocery list. As for the kiddos, the experience may spark in them a newfound appreciation for their dinner plates, as they’ll get to try new foods and talk to the folks who handpick their veggies. Plus, cash in hand, the kids can take part in the centuries-old trade between producers and consumers (and maybe some kid-friendly activities too).
Arlington Foodies Farmers Market
Events are hosted every month at the Arlington Foodies Farmers Market, located in the heart of Downtown Arlington between the University of Texas at Arlington and AT&T Stadium. On the second Saturday this month, kids can earn their green thumb while painting masterpieces on pots and learning about the art of planting. Parents are welcome too—while the littles are learning from local 4-H members, the grown-ups will be guided by reps from local nursery Idlewild Botanical. Register for the class online; $20 per pot. After your potting practice, visit with 25 vendors at the market—look for sweet tooth satisfiers like Mama-Ella’s Popcorn Kitchen, Andrei’s Homemade Fudge and Sweet Nana’s Cookie Jar alongside local farmers selling their fresh fruits and veggies.
Ripe: Second Saturday of the month 2–6pm in the parking lot of Legal Draft Brew Co. Events typically run 3–5pm.
Planted: 500 E. Division St., Arlington
Bedford and North Richland Hills Farmers Market
Owned by the same fresh produce enthusiasts, the Bedford and North Richland Hills farmers markets are home to colorful storefronts and a variety of goodies. Both indoor-outdoor markets—each about 2,000 square feet—carry nuts, chocolates, sauces, jellies and rows of plants and produce. (Ask about Texas-grown produce, which is available depending on the season.) Try the markets’ own pimento cheese and queso recipes, which have spicy hatch chiles. And spice up your garden with new bedding plants, flowers and hanging baskets from the Bedford market and yard decor such as gazebos and those oh-so-popular Texas stars from North Richland Hills.
Ripe: Bedford: Monday–Saturday 9am–6pm and Sunday 9am–7pm; North Richland Hills: Monday–Saturday 8am–7pm and Sunday 9am–7pm
Planted: Bedford Farmers Market // 2824 Brown Trail, Bedford; 817/358-9510;
North Richland Hills Farmers Market // 7700 Davis Blvd., North Richland Hills; 817/428-7075
Burleson Farmers Market
This outdoor market allows kids to host their own lemonade stands if they’re raising money for a good cause; contact Burleson Farmers Market via Facebook for information on hosting your own stand. When your kids are not behind the counter, browse more than 20 vendors specializing in organic produce like beef and free-range eggs. The market, located at the City Hall parking lot next to Jamaican Summers restaurant, also features handcrafted soaps, bread and sweets in addition to handmade jewelry. If your crew still has energy to burn off, walk about eight minutes west for playtime at Warren Park, equipped with a vibrant, three-story play structure and a creek for the kiddos to dip their toes in.
Ripe: Saturday 8am–noon
Planted: 217 W. Renfro St., Burleson
Celina’s Friday Night Market
At this homemade- or homegrown-only market on the Historic Celina Square, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied: a large grassy area for the kiddos to run around, plus games like checkers and tic-tac-toe. Besides vendors selling pickles, popcorn, soaps, woodworks and more, the evening market has kid-friendly booths from the likes of Jungle Joe’s, which offers games and prizes. Enjoy the live music and rotating special events such as talent shows, hayrides and dog races—keep an eye on the Facebook page or website for the scoop on activities at upcoming markets.
Ripe: March–November on the first Friday of the month (except July, when it will be on the second Friday) from 6–9pm
Planted: 302 W. Walnut St., Celina
Clearfork Farmers Market
In the midst of green spaces, bike trails and an Insta-worthy eatery on the banks of the Trinity, the Clearfork Farmers Market shows off goods from 25 vendors, from local artisans to farmers to ranchers. Build up your appetite with free yoga at 10am––kids are welcome to join in—then browse the market to purchase tamales, produce, herbal teas and more goodies. (We have a hunch the kids will want to stop by Fort Worth Fudge + Toffee Co. and Ooh Wa Wa Gourmet Popcorn.) After, stop by the Press Café for brunch options like banana walnut waffles and omelets served until 2pm on the weekends.
Ripe: Saturday 8am–noon
Planted: 4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth
Coppell Farmers Market
The best way to learn about gardening is to get your kids involved early. Every market Saturday at the Coppell Farmers Market, scurry to Garden Time for Kids—a chance for littles of all ages to do a craft or garden activity at the Learning Garden; past events include veggie tastings and rock painting. The Learning Garden is next to two kid favorites: a splash pad (turned on when the weather warms up) and a playground complete with the usual slides and a Minyard’s grocery truck for the kiddos to pretend they’re running their own market. The real market, with vendors set up in and around the pavilion next door, is exclusively for farmers and food producers. April 27 is Food Day for Kids, so stop by the petting zoo and join hands-on activities that teach kids to appreciate their food. After a morning of fun at the market, grab a burger from Twisted Root, located at the north end of the square.
Ripe: Every Saturday 8am–noon
Planted: 768 W. Main St., Old Town Coppell; email@example.com
Dallas Farmers Market at The Shed
The Dallas Farmers Market is a hub for fresh produce and artisan vendors, sure, but also for kid-centered activities. Kids ages 4–8 learn about nutrition and seasonal produce by making their own juices, planting seeds and creating bird feeders with the Little Farmers program. Activities take place in the Shed, usually on two select Saturdays every month from 11am–noon––come and go as you please. While you’re there, head to Mamma Ida’s Teaching Garden and Chicken House (also inside the Shed), home to a coop of six chickens and six raised beds of fresh produce. The kids will learn all about how plants grow and what produce is in season in the community garden, where there’s often a staff member present to answer their endless questions. And yes, kids are welcome to pet the chickens and touch the garden beds! Plus, DFM cultivates young entrepreneurial spirits by giving kids a chance to host their own booths at the market; visit the website for details. Free parking for the market is available at the Harvest Lofts garage (enter from Harwood Street).
Ripe: Friday 10am–3pm, Saturday 9am–5pm, Sunday 10am–5pm. Mark your calendar for the market’s annual Easter Celebration on April 21.
Planted: 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas; 469/607-5899
Denton Community Market
Bring the whole family, including your pupper, to the Denton Community Market, spreading out under the pecan trees of the Denton County Historical Park. The pet-friendly market has dog bowls and even dog pools if it’s hot outside—and amenities for your human children too. Every week there are kids’ events ranging from arts and crafts to games to Camp Gladiator exercise challenges. All the food and artisan products at this producer-only market come from within a hundred miles of Denton. The produce is organic and sustainable, and the animal products are all free-range. This is the market’s 10th season, so on opening day this year, a special ceremony and festivities will mark the anniversary, and a yearlong exhibit about the history of the market will be unveiled, with themes that will change each month. Also on opening day (and every other week during the season) Texas Parks and Wildlife will host activities such as animal identification games, and you might stumble across a balloon maker. On May 4, the market will have a theme—not Star Wars but Farm Heritage Day with themed-games and activities for children.
Ripe: April–November, every Saturday 9am–1pm (8am–noon between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
Planted: 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton; 940/268-4326
Elizabeth Anna Urban Farm & Market
Kids will love a stop at the Elizabeth Anna Urban Farm & Market, home to chickens, ducks and goats the kids can feed and hold. The market, which consists of a large green house and multiple gardens, sells organic and locally grown food: seasonal fruit, onions, broccoli and squash, plus organic meat and eggs. Free crafting classes are hosted from time to time on Saturdays, during which kids ages 5–12 create works of art fit for a garden—think birdhouses. Consider joining the farm’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) co-op to receive a weekly basket of local and organic products.
Ripe: Thursday–Saturday 9am–5pm
Planted: 2825 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth; 817/922-0930
Farmers Market of Grapevine
Get the best of both worlds in Grapevine, home to two farmers markets––one indoor and the other outdoor. When it’s raining cats and dogs this spring, visit the grocery-style setup at the indoor farmers market that was voted Best Farmers Market in Fort Worth in 2017. Here, littles are encouraged to try new foods with free samples, ranging from jarred jams, jellies and salsa to house-made items (when available) such as smoked gouda and quinoa salad.
Ripe: Monday–Saturday 8am–8pm; Sunday 9am–6pm
Planted: 520 South Main St., Suite 203, Grapevine; 817/527-7446
Four Seasons Markets
Get tatted at Four Seasons Markets: face painting, henna, temporary tattoos—if your kiddos want a unicorn, they got it, or they can ask a balloon artist to make the real deal (er, close enough). Meanwhile, munch on fresh produce, tamales, tacos, pupusas and barbecue while jamming to live music. There are plenty of jarred foods and artisan products available for purchase as well, from local honey and coffee to skin care products and woodcrafts. To keep families busy, there are yard games at each market such as washers, corn hole and giant Jenga, and local police and fire departments come out so the kiddos can meet their hometown heroes. Check the Four Seasons Facebook page for upcoming activities at each location.
Ripe: Saturday 9am–1pm (Flower Mound and Las Colinas); Saturday 10am–2pm (Carrollton and Richardson); Sunday 10am–2pm (Highland Village)
Planted: Multiple locations
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market
There are lots of free goodies for the kids at Frisco Rotary Farmers Market. While browsing the vendors in the parking lot behind the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, littles can get free stickers from farmers or ranchers, free popsicles from meat vendor K Bar K and free flavored honey straws from honey vendors. Plus, there’s face painting every week, and on the third and fifth Saturdays, live music provided by the nonprofit Melody of Hope. On opening day this year, show up for a free yoga demonstration at 10am.
Ripe: Every Saturday from April 20–October 26, 8am–noon
Planted: 8821 Fourth St., Frisco; 214/417-5049
Grand Prairie Farmers Market
Housed at Market Square, a quaint half-acre park with green lawns and tin-roof buildings, the indoor-outdoor Grand Prairie Farmers Market features over 40 vendors selling goodies such as locally grown fruits and veggies, plants, baked goods, candles, soaps and traditional tamales. The market grounds turn into a kids’ zone with games, crafts and gardening activities during the city’s Main Street Fest April 26–28; plus, see live performances by local schools and rec centers, even mariachi bands. Visit the market in July and October, respectively, for homemade ice cream challenge and a pet costume contest.
Ripe: Saturday 8am–1pm beginning April 6
Planted: 120 W. Main St., Grand Prairie
Grapevine Farmers Market
On those days when the weather is so nice it would be a crime not to be outside, make your way to the outdoor farmers market, known for locally grown okra, tomatoes, eggplants and cantaloupe. Visit more than 20 vendors at this market, then stop by the nearby gazebo in the center of the market for play and picture time with the kids. Pro tip: Parking lot along Main Street and Jenkins Street. Restrooms are on the side of Messina Hof Grapevine Winery on Main and Worth Streets.
Ripe: Friday and Saturday 8am–2pm
Planted: 325 S. Main St., Grapevine
Harvest Market Day
Even if you don’t live in Harvest, a master-planned Argyle neighborhood built around a communal farming lifestyle, you can stop by to taste the fruits of their labor on Market Day. At this monthly farmers market with vendors exclusively from the Harvest community, find paintings, essential oils and veggies grown at Harvest, plus books, clothes and home décor for the kids. When the littles get thirsty, head inside Farmhouse Coffee & Treasure, housed in the historic farmhouse at the center of the neighborhood, to order Kallie’s Coco—a kids-only drink with fun sprinkles. (Mom and Dad can grab their own coffee or tea.) Restrooms are located in the shop as well. On your way out, let the kids burn off some energy at the playground. The new-age play space has a hill to climb, gears to turn, ropes courses to navigate and a tunnel to crawl through.
Ripe: The second Saturday of every month, March–May and September–November from 8am–1pm
Planted: 1301 Homestead Way, Argyle; 940/648-3322
Highland Park Village LOCAL Market
Among the high-fashion shops and ateliers at Highland Park Village, sometimes you can find jars of jelly too. The LOCAL Market highlights more than 25 vendors with goods from seasonal jellies and quiches to ceramics. As you browse the market’s unique merch, stop by the face painting station in Livingston Court (between Balenciaga and Celine) and kids’ crafting area hosted by children’s boutique The TOT. Here, kiddies get creative while decorating pots, planting spring flowers and making photo frames. (All activities are free.) On the third Saturday this month, the market will host an Easter celebration, with live bunnies on-site for photo ops. Complimentary valet parking is available on-site; public restrooms are located at Royal Blue Grocery.
Ripe: Third Saturday of the month, 9am–1pm
Planted: 47 Highland Park Village, Dallas; 214/443-9898
Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square
Introduce kids to the farm-to-table lifestyle—and the resident goats and chickens—at this weekly market packed with family fun. With a diverse slate of 40–70 vendors set up in and around McKinney’s historic village at Chestnut Square, kids have the opportunity to meet farmers selling local produce, eggs and meat as well as pick up a few new toys and books and enjoy live music, face painting and pony rides. It’s also a prime location to do more than shop the market because there are plenty of restaurants and stores at the downtown square, just a few blocks away.
Ripe: Every Saturday starting April 6 from 8am–noon
Planted: 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney; 972/562-8790
Mansfield Farmers Market
Located only a few minutes from the historic downtown streets, the Mansfield Farmers Market features over 30 vendors selling allergen-free foods and organic produce. Purchase award-winning crafts here too: leatherworks (engraving is available on-site if you want to add a touch of personalization), soaps and hand-poured candles. Stop by the succulent station where kiddos can purchase a plant and decorate the pot with knickknacks like beads and shells. On occasion, the market hosts live music as well. Before leaving you must check out the colorful (and playable!) painted pianos scattered around the downtown area, part of the Mansfield 88 project that commissions local artists to decorate donated pianos. Visit downtownmansfield.org and download the downtown Mansfield app to take a tour of the pianos.
Ripe: Saturday 8am–noon beginning April 20
Planted: 703 E. Broad St., Mansfield
White Rock Farmers Market
On most market days, you’ll find a chalk coloring area by the entrance and corn hole set up for a little friendly family competition at the White Rock Farmers Market, located at the parking lot of LakePointe Church. After playtime, browse 43 vendors with wares running the gamut from meats, cheeses pickles and jams to handmade furniture, toys and clothes. In addition to the ol’ fashioned fun and local goodies, kids enjoy this market because, in some ways, it’s for kids, by kids. The market allows kids of all ages (as long as they are accompanied by an adult) to host their own booths. Current kid booths include Charlie’s Treats by 11-year-old Charlie, who sells roasted pecans; Row Candles, by 10-year-old Christopher Row; and Swedish Sisters, three sisters who began their bakery business when they were preteens––the oldest is in college now. Visit the website for details on signing your little up for a taste of market life.
Ripe: Saturday 8am–1pm
Planted: 9150 Garland Road, Dallas