Want To Fix The Farmers Market? Ditch The Cars.

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These cars have to go.
This weekend I spent some time at the Dallas Farmers Market. I showed up Saturday around noon and milled about, checking out various vendors and wondering how the market will change if the proposed privatization effort is completed. As I wandered around tasting tomatoes, slices of cantaloupe and strawberries, I started to think about how many cars I interacted with after I got out of mine.

I get that barring a massive Dallas-wide infrastructure overhaul, cars will always cart potential customers to and from the market, but do they have to drive right through it?

The sidewalks that protect customers from parking vehicles while they fondle fresh creamer peas are impossibly small, and navigating the stalls is tedious. I couldn't help but to wonder what would happen if we gave those cars the boot and implemented a little of the urban density Dallas could use a lot more of. Why not combine the produce sheds, trim some of the produce resellers that are giving the market a reputation as an outdoor grocery store and tighten the place up a little?

If one of the outdoor sheds that holds vendors and cars ditched the parking spots and filled the center with the simple fold-up tables that most farmers markets used, you'd have a lot more space for pedestrians. You'd also end up with a shed filled to the brim with produce instead of car exhaust.

The unused shed could be converted to a more efficiently laid out parking area, or a space for food trucks to park.

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Willie
Willie

Ah, duh.  Don't waste the paper/bandwith talking about this subject.  The real reason is that the Dallas powers-that-be don't give a shit about the Farmer's Market.  Now if some rich witch with time on her hands decided to make it her pet project, then something might change, but that doesn't necessarily mean the change would be for the better.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Next time y'all are down at the Market, pick up one of the flyers in the main shed that outlines what it takes to become a vendor at the market.  After one quick read, you will understand why it is the way that it is.

 

Only Dallas city hall could fuck up selling produce.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I visit the farmer's market at least once a week and I agree entirely that the cars are a bother.  One has to squeeze oneself along the narrow walkways in front of the stalls while patrons mill about taking free samples from the grubby paws of hawking vendors.  I have very mixed feelings about the market; I adore the freshest of vegetables, but I am appalled by the dishonesty of some of the vendors.  A person must watch them like a hawk as they try to pull a switcheroo on the item you selected.  I had the irritating experience of unbagging at home what I thought was the perfect cauliflower that I had picked out, a spotless flor with crispy green leaves.  Lo, I pulled out an aged cauliflower that had brown spots on the top and wilted, yellow leaves.  I figured out that the front man at the stall handed my perfect cauliflower to his cohort, who then slipped an old vegetable into my bag.  Not very nice, or very good for repeat business.

 

Another bitch I have is that the Market is supposed to open at 8 am.  I like to go before the temps get too high.  By 9 am the stalls are only half-filled, with vendors still putting out their product.

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

There is beginning to be a glimmer of hope down there.  Let's not throw the whole thing out.  Two weeks ago I picked up organic blueberries from what appeared to be a one time vendor.  There are about four vendors from which you can buy organic beef, pork, poultry and lamb.  Last weekend there were two local farms selling free range eggs including quail eggs.  And, if you go early enough, there are very few cars.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

I could never understand why some vendors offer you tomato samples that have been salted and fruit like peaches, cantaloupe and watermelon that have been sweetened with sugar!

Oh, I understand alright. But, I will not buy from a vendor who practices that deceitful act.

monstruss
monstruss

I never understood why they had parking inside of the shed where the food is.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Well the best way to improve it to get rid of the non farmers, you know who im talking about. The guys that sell shit you get at your grocery store. I want my farmers market to be full of local farmers, not some big conglomerate. And while i must take a car to get there, they do need to rid themselves of the current parking situation

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

That place is a festering mess......what's better than having fresh squash with gas fumes all over it?  Anywhere else, they have these things in natural settings-like a field!?  I worked at said location way back when, and the rats where as big as raccoon's.  The only thing more discouraging than smog, cars, bums and rats was the ever present stink of Dallas bureaucracy . Make no bones about it, Dallas' slimy underbelly is based upon "the good ole boy network" that will eventually make this place a second tier dump.  How's the standing wave doing?  Dallas streets? Dallas schools? When I came here this place was like heaven.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

 @PlanoDave What's up PD? Heading to Westfest this year?  We're going to see Willie at Bee Cave on the 25th, but will probably have to head to West the next weekend.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ScottsMerkin 

Boy, that is the truth......it should be farmers only!  And no more switch and bait, where you buy a nice melon, get home and and it's a festering, shitty mess. .......eff'ing thing looks like a diaper run over by lawnmower. Cars gotta go; atleast outside the sheds. 

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