Grand Prairie Farmers Market Ranked No. 1 in Texas
Grand Prairie Farmers Market is ranked the No. 1 Farmers Market in Texas and among the top 10 nationwide by American Farmland Trust's 2015 survey.
American Farmland Trust’s summer-long Farmers Market Celebration – an annual effort to rally support for local farms and family farmers – called on shoppers to identify the best of America’s farmers markets. Grand Prairie Farmers Market was rated top 50 best in class, top 10 in the nation and No. 1 in Texas.
"Farmers markets are critical for new and beginning farmers," says Susan Sink, American Farmland Trust’s Vice President of Development and External Relations. "Next generation farmers selling directly to consumers at farmers markets have nearly a 10 percent greater chance of staying in business than those selling goods through traditional retail. And when family farmers thrive – our community, economy and families thrive."
This year's Celebration encouraged market customers, family farmers, community members – anyone who believed they had the best farmers market in the country – to endorse their market in four unique areas: Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community, and Champion for the Environment.
Grand Prairie Farmers Market national rankings are:
- People’s Choice: 8
- Focus on Farmers: 9
- Healthy Food for All: 9
- Pillar of the Community: 9
- Champion for the Environment: 9
"While farmers markets have been growing in popularity, keeping family farmers on farmland remains a nationwide challenge," Sink says. "Many family farmers struggle to stay financially afloat and face daily pressure from development to sell their land. Farmers markets provide a wonderful opportunity for family farmers to sell directly to consumers and keep their farmland in farming."
The United States has been losing nearly 1 acre of fertile farmland every minute to development. Farms closest to America’s cities—often the providers of the delicious local food found at farmers markets—are directly in the path of that destruction. American Farmland Trust has helped slow this trend over the last 35 years by permanently protecting over five million acres of fertile farmland and contributing to conservation improvements on millions more.
To visit the full list of top ranked markets nationwide, visit markets.farmland.org.
Grand Prairie Farmers Market is open Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March through December, featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, pasta, spices, tamales, candles, soaps and more. For more information about the Grand Prairie Farmers Market, call 972-237-4599.