DALLAS – The Dallas Farmers Market will close its doors Friday after four and a half months of heavy traffic, a market official said.
The market opened in February to great fanfare, with a record crowd of more than 3,000 people each day.
It was named one of the top 10 markets in the country and one of our Top 100 markets of the year.
But the market has been plagued by high prices, with many visitors complaining of a lack of fresh produce and a lack for affordable options.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the shutdown on his Twitter account.
I’m saddened by the news and urge all Dallas residents to contact their local grocery stores and see if they can find fresh produce at reasonable prices, Rawlings tweeted.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has about 1,500 grocery stores, but the market is expected to be the busiest in the area by the end of the month, said Mark Breen, the market’s executive director.
The city’s Agriculture Department, which oversees the markets, had been in discussions with Dallas to reopen the market after it reopened from May 1 to Aug. 31.
Rawlings’ office has asked the city to allow the market to reopen as planned for July, he said in a statement Friday.
In the past year, the Dallas Farmers market has seen increased interest from families and others interested in the region’s growing food and agricultural markets.
The market was also the site of the first nationwide farmers market since 2015, which attracted more than 4,000 families.