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The Farmers Market Friends focuses on farmers markets throughout the city of Dallas, advocating for the farmers who are such a vital part of each Market.

Enhancing the market experience helps create an environment where customers can come develop a relationship with their food producers, shop for fresh-picked produce and clean natural meats. And it creates an environment where you, your friends and family can experience an authentic farmers market in downtown Dallas. 

Preserving the history of farmers markets honors the farmers who have gone before and gives due credit to the role the farmers play in our local food system and economy.

The History of the Farmers Market Friends

In 1991, the Dallas Farmers Market Friends was formed by the driving force and tireless long-time supporter of the DFM, “Mama” Ida Papert. 

Ms. Pappert began shopping at the Market in 1953, convinced that preparing locally grown food was worth the effort. She could be found at the market every Saturday morning carrying her shopping bag, filled to the brim with produce and emblazoned with, “Ida’s Gotta Have it”.

Ida’s passion for farmers and her enthusiasm for the market weren’t enough though. Ida wanted a way to help the Market thrive, so she formed the nonprofit organization to fuel just that. For 25 years, the Dallas Farmers Market Friends supported the downtown institution through the years, hosting fundraising and educational events that supported the DFM and local farmers in North Texas. 

With the expanding farmers market scene in North Texas, the decision was made in 2017 to expand the scope of support for farmers and area farmers market. 

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