Dallas Farmers Market presents Watermelon Festival
Dallas Farmers Market is kicking off National Farmers Market week (set by the National Farmers Market Coalition as August 5-11, 2018) with family-friendly activities at the weekend market. Besides having mounds of melons for picking out and taking home, it will be a full day filled with family fun activities, including a barn-yard petting zoo, watermelon themed kids crafts, story time, watermelon games, tastings, demonstrations, dancing and live music on stage.
Visitors should also bring their market bag, as the weekend market will be in full swing. Farms, ranches, artisanal foods, and artisan craft vendors will be in the mix too. Each week, truck loads of watermelon, including Red Diamond, Jubilee, All Sweets, Tender Sweet Yellow, and Orange Crisp varieties, arrive at the Dallas Farmers Market. All from Texas, watermelon begin arriving at the market in early June from McAllen. As the summer heat sets in, crops begin to ripen in North Texas (Jacksonville and Canton). By August and September, there will be deliveries from Midland. There will be melons as heavy as 45 pounds, while the small Sugar Babies can be as small as 4 pounds.