I’m a little worried about the small businesses located in The Market building at the Dallas Farmers Market. On weekends, the whole market swells with buyers and sellers, but during the week there are more sellers than buyers.
The concept- stalls filled with “artisanal vendors”- is compelling. The Market has attracted some hard-working folks turning out some fine product, but I fear they are struggling to stay alive. Mudhen has been a great addition to the DFM. The restaurant pulls a nice lunch crowd and it’s a lovely place to sit out the afternoon rush hour.
I wish they’d change the doors and windows at The Market. Even if you are sitting on the patio at Mudhen and looking at the building, you can’t see what is inside. In fact, it looks dark and unapproachable.
Maybe it’s time for you to get down there and check it out. Tomorrow night The Market is hosting First Friday, an event to kick off National Farmers Market Week. Expect local specialty foods, live music, “exclusive specials and promotions”, and $3 draft beers at Mudhen.
We would all like to see a vibrant market in downtown. It’s finally up and running, but it needs warm bodies and feedback. Eve Hill-Agnus wrote a lovely piece on her favorite spots at The Market. Head down there this weekend and tell me what you would like to see (or buy!) there. The Dallas skyline awaits.