Downtown Fort Worth farmers market shuts down

Posted Tuesday, May. 07, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A farmers market that had been setting up shop in downtown Fort Worth shut down because of a lack of parking and customers.

The Cowtown Farmers Market had been open Tuesday mornings in the Federal Building Plaza on Throckmorton Street since mid-March — its second season downtown.

“We just go month to month with the city, so our lease was up at the end of April and we figured it was a good time to end it,” said Gwin Grimes, president of Cowtown Farmers Market. “We’re sort of like a portable grocery store. … Farmers need to sell enough to make it worthwhile.”

The market featured local farmers selling tomatoes, radishes, peaches and more and also had an occasional food truck.

Grimes, owner of Artisan Bakery Co., which sold breads, pastries, pastas and other items at the downtown market, said the group had to pay $60 per month to rent the plaza. With other costs for permits, inspections and insurance, Cowtown was spending close to $500 a year to operate at the location.

“We gave it an honest try,” Grimes said. “… But it was really difficult for most people to shop for their groceries at lunch. There was nowhere to park nearby … and you can’t really carry a watermelon or a case of peaches.”

Grimes said Cowtown is moving to a site next to downtown with better parking and more pedestrian traffic but hasn’t formalized a location.

She said the group hopes to be selling this summer, “certainly by June.”

Lee Williams, 817-390-7840 twitter @leewatson

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