The grocery stores may be packed, but there's another option for restocking your pantry with fresh vegetables, eggs, meat, and more: Dallas Farmers Market.
On March 19, the City of Dallas banned community gatherings of 10 people or more to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. But the order exempts farmers markets, as well as grocery stores, big-box stores, warehouse stores, gas stations, and food pantries.
That means the Dallas Farmers Market remains open to 50 people at a time, and its restaurants are allowed to continue preparing food to-go.
Of course, more stringent precautions have been put in place for everyone's health and safety. These include:
- Curbside pickup is now available on Pearl Street, directly in front of The Shed.
- Farmers, ranchers, and pantry goods only are available for purchase.
- Hand washing station available next to the information booth and at each vendor booth.
- Vendor booths are distanced by at least 20 feet.
- Gloves have been provided for all employees and vendors.
- All picnic tables and common area seating have been removed.
- No sampling, demos, or live music.
The Market is open daily from 11 am-6 pm. The Shed has special hours this weekend: Saturday 9 am-3 pm and Sunday 10 am-3 pm. Click here to see what's in The Shed this weekend.
Please remember that SNAP benefits are accepted by exchanging credits for Farmers Market Coins at Market Provisions Co. inside The Market. SNAP benefits can be used inside Market Provisions and in The Shed with farmers and ranchers.
While markets are often places of social gathering, entertainment, and festivities, the DFM is also asking you observe some behavioral guidelines of your own when visiting:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds upon arrival to the market, and periodically during your visit.
- Greet vendors with smiles rather than handshakes or hugs.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow to prevent spread of germs.
- Use the hand sanitizer available at each vendor booth as needed.
- Shop with your eyes — only touch items you plan to purchase.
- Take all goods to-go; no onsite eating is permitted.
- If you are sick or feeling ill, please stay home.
- If you are 65 or over or part of an at-risk population, please stay home.
Restaurants are open and ready to take your orders for carry-out and curbside delivery only. Other alternatives include ordering delivery through Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Ritual. Click here to see a list of the open eateries and their information.