How much do your kids understand about where their food comes from? Have you ever visited a pick-your-own fruit or veggie farm or bought fresh produce straight from the farmers themselves at your local farmers market? No worries if you silently answered with an “um…?” First thing’s first, you need to know where to look! If it’s been a minute since you’ve visited any of Dallas-Forth Worth’s farmers markets—or you’re just looking for a different one to check out—take a look through our roundup of 19 farmers markets for fresh and local foods, artisan-made goods, treats, freshly cut flowers and truckloads more.
Dallas Area Farmers Markets
Dallas Farmers Market at The Shed
The basics: If you’re familiar with any farmers market in Dallas, chances are it’s this one. The downtown Dallas hub for fresh produce and artisan vendors is a multi-million dollar, permanent complex of luxury apartments, restaurants and vendors offering a wider array of foods and goodies than you may find at typical markets. You’ll need to carve out a chunk of time to explore the Shed on weekends or the Market, a food hall and artisan market. For a too-cute photo op of the kids, don’t miss the antique red tractor at the entry plaza and Mama Ida’s community teaching garden.
Hours: The Market and Market Shops are open daily 10am–7pm. The Shed opens Saturdays 9am–5pm and Sundays 10am–5pm.
Where: 920 S. Harwood Street, Dallas
Good Local Markets
The basics: Good Local Markets hosts two market locations—White Rock Farmers Market in East Dallas and Lakewood Village Farmers Market. This market does more than sell local food, too. It also offers workshops in gardening, cooking and sustainability for kids and adults.
Hours: White Rock: Saturdays March–December from 8am–noon; Lakewood: Sundays February–July from 9am–1pm
Where: White Rock: New location at White Rock United Methodist Church, 1450 Old Gate Lane, Dallas; Lakewood: 6434 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
Four Seasons Markets
The basics: Munch on fresh produce, tamales, tacos, pupusas and barbecue while jamming to live music at the Four Seasons Markets. There are plenty of jarred foods and artisan products on display for purchase as well, such as local honey, coffee, skincare products and woodcrafts. To keep families busy, there are yard games at each market such as washers, corn hole and giant Jenga too.
Hours: Saturdays at the Fort Worth, Irving and Richardson locations; Sundays at the Carrollton, Flower Mound and Watauga locations. Look online for hours.
Where: Visit the website below for exact locations’ exact addresses.
Frisco Fresh Market
With the capacity for nearly 100 vendors at Frisco Fresh Market, you’ll find every kind of freshly harvested food under the sun—all from underneath the shade of the pavilion. The new market is weekends all year and located next door to Toyota Stadium. Check their schedule so you’re not to miss the petting zoo, live music and seasonal festivals.
Hours: 8am–4pm Saturday and 10am–4pm Sunday year-round
Where: 9215 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market
The basics: There are lots of free goodies for the kids at the 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 live music every third and fifth Saturdays.
Hours: Saturdays from 8am–noon
Where: 6048 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco
Shop for fresh produce, jams and pickled veggies jarred at Bonton Farms, a nonprofit that’s much more than a farmers market but also operates an urban farm with resident goats, a café (open for breakfast and lunch) and a coffee house with the purpose of community building in its namesake South Dallas neighborhood. Their monthly concert series raises funds to build a tiny home village for locals who are housing insecure.
Hours: Farmers market open Monday–Saturday 8am–3pm; cafe and coffee house open 7am–3pm Monday–Saturday
Where: 6915 Bexar Street, Dallas
McKinney Farmer’s Market at Chestnut Square
The basics: 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 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.
Hours: Every Saturday year-round: 8am–noon April–December and 9am–noon January–March
Where: 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney
Celina’s Friday Night Market
The basics: At this homemade- or homegrown-only market on the Historic Celina Square, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied—a large grassy area to run around, and games including checkers and tic-tac-toe. Besides vendors selling pickles, popcorn, soaps and woodworks, the evening market has kid-friendly booths.
Hours: Open March–November on the second Friday of the month with some exceptions, from 6–9pm
Where: 302 W. Walnut St., Celina
Denton Community Market
The basics: With its food vendors and local art, this market feels more like a street fair. Every Saturday morning, listen to live music while you browse homegrown produce, handmade jewelry, local artwork and beauty products. Also, each week the market hosts different kid-friendly vendors featuring games, interactive play and arts and crafts.
Hours: Saturdays April–November 9am–1pm
Where: 317 W. Mulberry Street, Denton
Coppell Farmers Market
The basics: More than 35 vendors gather in Old Town Coppell with vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy and more. Farmers pick much of the produce found at this market within 24 hours of sale. The market also hosts and promotes events, such as plant sales and farm-to-table dinners. Be sure to bring the kids along on your trip to splash in the interactive fountain and playground.
Hours: Saturdays 8am–noon; open on the second and fourth Saturdays January–March and open every Saturday through December except Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends.
Where: 768 W. Main Street, Coppell
Grand Prairie Farmers Market
The basics: Housed at Market Square, a quaint half-acre park with green lawns and tin-roof buildings, the indoor-outdoor 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 in April. 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.
Hours: Saturday April–December from 8am–1pm
Where: 120 W. Main St., Grand Prairie
Fort Worth Area Farmers Markets
Arlington Foodie’s Farmers Market
The basics: With over 95 vendors, there’s no shortage of fresh produce and things to do as your family explores the grounds. Look for sweet tooth satisfiers, alongside local farmers selling their fruits and veggies.
Hours: Saturdays year-round from 6–9pm
Where: 3206 Smith Barry Road, Pantego, at Bicentennial Park
Bedford and North Richland Hills Farmers Markets
The basics: 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. 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.
Hours: Bedford: Monday–Saturday 8am–7pm, Sunday 10am–6pm; North Richland Hills: Monday–Saturday 8am–7pm, Sunday 9am–7pm
Where: 2824 Brown Trail, Bedford; 7700 Davis Blvd., North Richland Hills
Burleson Farmers Market
The basics: Shop Tarrant County produce, baked goods, essential oils and handmade cloth goods such as blankets and hair bows. 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 homemade jewelry.
Hours: Saturdays year-round 8am–1pm
Where: 141 W. Renfro Street, Burleson
Clearfork Farmers Market
The basics: This outdoor market operates at The Trailhead overlooking the Trinity River, next door to an Insta-worthy eatery, and adjacent to the Shops at Clearfork. That means you’ll rarely have to go without the locally-grown produce, homemade goods and other essentials like coffee and beignets. Come browse the community book cart, and let your littles join you in a FIT4MOM or free yoga class.
Hours: Saturdays year-round from 8am–noon
Where: 4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth
Cowtown Farmers Market
The basics: This market in southwest Fort Worth offers cheeses, meats, breads, preserves, fruits and vegetables. Nothing is sold here that wasn’t grown, raised or made locally. In addition to your standard tomatoes and peaches, this market offers rare plants that your kids might not recognize. Cowtown Farmers Market guarantees that its local vendors are truly local, requiring them all to grow or produce their items within 150 miles. Don’t miss the Kids’ Farm to Table cooking lesson with AgriLife Extension, offered during the market’s special events.
Hours: 8am–noon on Saturdays year-round and on Wednesdays from June to August.
Where: Veterans Park Grand Pavilion, 8901 Clifford St., White Settlement (new location as of August 6, 2022, about 10 minutes NW from its previous location 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth)
Elizabeth Anna Urban Farm & Market
The basics: 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 greenhouse and multiple gardens, sells organic and locally grown food, such as 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 can create works of art fit for a garden (think birdhouses or stones).
Hours: Thursday–Saturday 9am–5pm; CSA pick hours are Friday noon–5pm and Saturday 9am–5pm
Where: 2825 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth
Farmers Market of Grapevine
The basics: Get the best of both worlds in Grapevine, home to two farmers markets–one indoor and the other outdoor. When April showers come this spring, visit the grocery-style setup at the indoor farmers market. 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.
Hours: Open daily year-round, Monday–Saturday 8am–8pm and Sunday 9am–6pm
Where: 520 S. Main St., Suite 203, Grapevine
Grapevine Farmers and Artisan Market
The basics: Located at the Town Square Gazebo, this farmers market offers fresh Texas produce, baked goods and handcrafted and Texas-made items. Look forward to instant family-favorites, from local honey and fresh veggies to flavored popcorn and beef jerky.
Hours: Saturdays April–September from 10am–4pm
Where: 325 S. Main Street, Grapevine
Keller Farmers Market
The basics: Aside from offering fresh, local ingredients every Saturday, the Keller Farmers Market facilitates programs that encourage cooking with local ingredients, biking to the market and supporting nonprofits. Kid-friendly prepared foods—including tamales, wood-fired pizza and desserts—are scattered among the produce vendors.
Hours: Every Saturday May–October from 8am–noon
Where: 400 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller
Top photo of Grand Prairie Farmers Market Farmers Market courtesy of City of Grand Prairie and Marilyn Horton