July 29, 2013

Cowtown Farmers Market opens in Cultural District

The market will feature roughly a dozen to 15 vendors at a Cultural District site.

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Cowtown Farmers Market is coming to Fort Worth’s Cultural District.

The market, which opened this week, will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays on Clifton Street, near Camp Bowie Boulevard, in a UNT Health Science Center parking lot.

The market will feature roughly 12 to 15 vendors selling fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, bread and baked goods, tamales, jam and pickles, flowers and more. Everything is grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Cowtown has been shopping for a new weekday location since it closed its downtown market in May because of a lack of parking and customers.

Gwin Grimes, president of Cowtown Farmers Market, said the new location will cater to people who live and work on the near West side and who are leaving work and thinking about what to make for dinner.

“This is when grocery stores are busy,” said Grimes, owner of Artisan Bakery Co., which sells breads, pastries and fresh pasta. “Customers can stop by on their way home and grab dinner.”

Grimes said the market is following a model pioneered in California, where farmers markets partner with local hospitals and medical centers to bring fresh food options to customers.

“We know that good food is preventative medicine,” she said.

The new market will remain open for as long as possible, Grimes said, likely until the first freeze or Thanksgiving, whichever comes first.

“We are totally at the mercy of Mother Nature,” she said. “But right now, we’re looking at a nice, long harvest season.”

Cowtown Farmers Market continues to draw hundreds of shoppers Wednesdays and Saturdays to the Benbrook Traffic Circle in far west Fort Worth.

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