05 Jul New to Food Tours Dallas: Dallas Farmers Market Tour
The Dallas Farmers Market is a symbol of commitment to the health and nutrition of Dallas residents. With history of the farmers market dating back to the 1930s, its deep roots have helped the development of Dallas throughout the years and will continue to do so as the market enters a new era.
With a strong belief in secure food sourcing, a connection to food and the community, and revitalizing South Dallas, the Dallas Farmers Market is a great place to visit. Whether you’re looking for a fun team bonding event for your company, or you are in town for only a few days and need help navigating through the market, our new Farmers Market Tour is the perfect way to soak up some of the city’s history! Below is information on the foods you will taste and the places you will explore on our Farmers Market Tour.
Foods You’ll Taste on the Farmers Market Tour
Nuts from Everett and Elaine
Everett and Elaine is known for their locally grown pecans from their orchards! Because pecans have a very neutral taste, they can accommodate many different flavors. Some of the flavors you will be trying on our tour are orange zest, lavender, Texas spice, and their top seller choco-cherry.
Paul’s Sweet Roasted Corn
As part of the Dallas Farmers Market for 24 years, Paul is an integral part of the market’s community. Not only is he a friendly face, but also his corn can’t be beat! Paul personally tastes the raw kernel to make sure the corn is fresh and sweet, and he adds seasonings specifically for each customer.
Inspired by the tailgating at LSU, the Cajun Tailgaters food truck and restaurant features rich flavors of Cajun southern-style cooking all made from scratch. Our tour will include tastings of pistolette, which is a toasted French roll stuffed with a cheesy crawfish etouffee sauce, and wildly popular beignets, or French donuts.
Owner Corrado Palmieri moved from Italy to develop an Italian coffee shop and bakery without compromising fresh, authentic, and natural ingredients. In addition to having a passion for authentic Italian food, Corrado’s mission is to offer moments of freedom in a warm and cozy atmosphere to anyone who visits him at the farmers market.
Texas Honeybee Guild
The Texas Honeybee Guild is passionate about their raw and unfiltered honey and protecting the health and well-being of bees in Texas. Through educational programs and urban micro-apiaries, they help educate the public on how bees play an integral part in our world. The owners now have more than 500 bee colonies across North Texas!
The Chilitepin King
If you like spicy, then you will love this stop on the tour! Today’s most commonly used peppers, like serranos, cayenne, jalapenos and habaneros, are derived from the Mother of all Peppers, the chilitepin. The Chilitepin King sells delicious jellies and salsas all made naturally with chilitepins that you will get to taste on our tour.
Places You’ll Visit on the Farmers Market Tour
Our first stop is the only original building that remains in the farmers market. The Harlan Building, which is part of Ruibal’s Gardens, was built in 1913. Historical preservationist (and Food Tours of America guide) Jim Anderson was an integral part of preserving this beautiful landmark.
Liberty Bank Building
Originally located at the corner of Elm and Cesar Chavez Blvd., the Liberty Bank Building was rebuilt like a giant jigsaw puzzle when it was relocated to the Dallas Farmers Market. With the original structure being built back in 1899, it was moved recently brick by brick to accommodate the widening of the street at its old location. We will be visiting this old building, which is now home to a delicious restaurant, the Green Door Public House, and a yoga studio.
El Mero Mero Tamalero
Located at the Dallas Farmers Market since 2009, El Mero Mero Tamalero has been serving the best tamales in Dallas since 1984. (aka La Popular Tamale House, Peak St./Elm) Founder Jesse Moreno, Sr. opened his family-owned eatery so people in the neighborhood could enjoy delicious food in a nice, comfortable atmosphere. “My father has always been adamant about using the highest quality ingredients, most found right here at the Dallas Farmers Market,” says Jesse Jr. El Mero Mero Tamalero is a great place to delight in authentic food, but it’s also about the experience of talking with the Morenos about what’s going on in the community. El Mero Mero Tamalero – Tamales, Tacos Y Mas (2) Tasting: Tamales, chicken or vegetarian “We make our tamales fresh daily here in our Farmers Market kitchen. We start with hand washing and soaking our cornhusk to ensure flexibility. While they are soaking we prepare our corn meal. Once the corn husk are flexible enough we take them from the water and begin to spread our corn meal on once we have enough spread we begin to fill the tamales and put them in the baskets so they are ready to be steamed.
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Chuck Norris fans will recognize this building from the television series Walker Texas Ranger! The Scottish Rite Cathedral was erected in the early 1900s by a group of Scottish Rite Masons. It was originally constructed to further human progress, and it still serves this purpose today. We will be exploring this cathedral!
Dallas City Skyline
Mercantile National Bank was a 36-story building constructed in 1943 in the downtown core of Dallas. Today, in an effort to transform the area, it is home to a luxury apartment complex called Mercantile Place. We will be taking in the architecture of 35 historic buildings in the core of downtown Dallas.