The Dallas Farmers Market, in Dallas, Texas, has a new manager, Amanda Vanhoozier, who is taking what an online publication called Culture Map Dallas has characterized as a “radical new approach.” The farmers market is, amazingly, “going to operate more like a real farmers market, with a spotlight on local produce five days a week.” Shoppers who, for some reason, want to go to a farmers market to buy stuff from who cares where, as in a supermarket, will have their way on the other two days of the week, Monday and Friday, which will be called Produce Stand Days. The new policy takes effect on June 1.
“With these operational changes,” Culture Map Dallas explained, “it will become more like a true, sustainable farmers market, in which visitors can expect to find local farmers and producers selling food that is grown and sourced locally.”
So far, there is no sign, at least on the Culture Map Dallas website, that this sensible effort to turn the Dallas Farmers Market into a farmers market has stirred up the sort of backlash that similar policy changes have produced in Nashville and elsewhere.
There are, as of now, just two comments about the new policy on the website, both of which seem to approve of the change. Elisaberger said, “Glad to hear it. It’s about time.” Mojjaxx wrote, I think facetiously, “What!?! No PINEAPPLE????”