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 the market 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 Dallas 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, and, in 1991, created the Friends of the Farmers Market, a non-profit advocacy group to fuel just that. 

In 1993, she helped the Dallas Farmers Market Friends join forces with the American Institute of Wine & Food to start the cooking classes that to this day are still enjoyed by many food enthusiasts.  And, today, Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden bears her name and continues to honor her contribution. We know she’d be proud to see this pace where young and old alike learn growing and enjoying local food.

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