Dust off your canvas grocery bags and slap a basket on your bike because the new monthly Oak Cliff Farmers Market debuts on Saturday. "The Oak Cliff Lions has the first and only permit for such a market this side of the Trinity," said John McCall Jr., one of the market's organizers. "Our permit allows for markets on [the] first Saturday of each month from 8-12."
Held in the parking lot of Cliff Temple Baptist Church, the vendor's list for the market debut features some familiar names: Kessler Pie Co., One90 Smoked Meats, MotoKofe (a motorcycle espresso vendor), T-Rex Pickles, Tjernlund Goat Farm, Earth Healthy, Juice Plus and a few non-food vendors, too. While the produce may not be abundant at the first market (it is February, after all), McCall said the market is expected to grow exponentially as the temperature rises. "Naturally, we have other vendors who wish to participate in the warmer growing season with their products," he said. "If demand meets our expectations, we hope to increase the market to twice a month and eventually weekly."
It's free to park and shop but there is a fee for vendors — pop over to the Oak Cliff Lions Club website to sign up or just show up between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday, when the market will be accepting walk-ups. Hop to it, Oak Cliff — we don't have to tell you guys how to rock a farmers market.
Oak Cliff Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, 125 Sunset Ave.
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