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Dallas isn't exactly known as a haven for grassroots movements. Farmer's markets face constant obstacles despite rising popularity, the downtown sector is renowned big business, and mom and pop shops seem to be restricted to some of Dallas' smaller neighborhoods.
But Dallas is knee deep in a transition stage. And, admittedly, transitions can be rough--legislation takes time to catch up, new ideas are constantly bubbling up and new blood constantly pushes forward.
In Dallas, there isn't blood much younger than Monica Diodati. Even at such a young age, this local advocate has been the mastermind behind both the Design District Market and the burgeoning Little D Farmers Market in Trinity Groves. Oh, and she's only 25.
The two events differ slightly in their production but fulfill a similar purpose. While the Design Destrict Market aims to assemble craftsmen and artisans to sell their wares in a block-party like atmosphere, the Farmer's Market is bringing local, farm-fresh produce to one of the fastest growing areas in Dallas. The next Design District Market takes place Saturday, August 23 at the Dallas Contemporary and the next Little D Farmer's Market will be September 7.
Both of these recurring events mark a shift in Dallas that has been going on in more progressive parts of the country for years now--a movement towards community-oriented markets and gatherings. And they are part of a small, growing group of similar events in Dallas.
But Diodati isn't doing this just for a kick-ass time and some sweet, organic veggies. While she may be able to plan a poppin' neighborhood shindig, Diodati's goal is to bring the 'hood together and foster cohesion and community.More »