What has come to be known as a unique and popular Farmers Market will kick off its 2016 season Saturday, April 2. Located in the heart of Grand Prairie’s old downtown at 120 W. Main St., the market will be open every Saturday through mid-December. Offering buyers fresh, locally grown produce as well as meats, honey, spices, oils and a variety of food treats from tamales to fresh baked goods, the market also features a full menu of special events and live entertainment.
There are arts and crafts booths, interactive exhibits, displays by local artists and organizations, special events, and sometimes even puppies and kittens to play with or adopt. It’s a time to shop, meet neighbors and have fun. Local organizations and artists join in, and live entertainment as well as face painting and games for the kids are “normal.”
Hours are normally from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This Saturday, Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen will be on hand to officially inaugurate the market’s season, before leading locals on a two-mile downtown walk. The first 100 adults to register will receive free t-shirts for participation. “Strollin’ with the Mayor” marks the first event in this year’s lineup of fitness events in Grand Prairie. Mayor Jensen will also share the city’s “Cyclin’ with the Mayor” schedule; the monthly five-mile bike routes, are another part of the city’s Get Fit GP community wellness initiative.
The initiative is a multi-pronged approach to educating and encouraging healthy living habits for all residents, school-age children through senior citizens. Numerous programs focus on health, exercise and nutrition, and the city not only provides information, but also sponsors workshops and special programs throughout the year. The city also archives healthy recipes for its residents, and encourages “eat locally” efforts.
Mark the Dates
April 22-24 marks Grand Prairie’s three-day Maine Street Fest, which last year attracted more than 15,000 people. This year, visitors to the Saturday morning farmers market will also be able to enjoy live bands on four stages, carnival rides, food and beer gardens, business exhibits, crafts area and popular children’s attractions at the free public festival held in the downtown area adjacent to Market Square.
Cinco de Mayo is scheduled at the market Saturday, April 30, followed by Craft Fair Day on May 7; the popular Farmers Market Crawfish Boil will be held June 4. Tasty crawfish, accompanied by potatoes and corn, will be available at 10 a.m. for $10 a pound, prepared by Dustin Clement’s Head’s or Tails Cajun Crawfish.
If you’re new to farmers market shopping, there are a number of other markets in the Metroplex area, including a market in Coppell that has been named as one of the “101 best” in the nation, as well as the revitalized Dallas Farmers Market, which also offers a number of special events, including a weekly Walkabout with a Chef at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Check out what’s happening in local communities; many of the local markets don’t open until late April or May.