Monday, July 6, 2015

Dallas Farmers Market Transitions Back to Local Farmers - Interview with Amanda Vanhoozier

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Dallas Farmers Market

Tanya Ragan interviews Amanda Vanhoozier the new Dallas Farmers Market Operations Manager about the importance of supporting local farmers and the community during this time of transition and construction. The Dallas Farmers Market needs your support!

                                                                           
Kim Pierce from the Dallas Morning News recently wrote an article about the changes taking place at the Dallas Farmers Market as the private ownership transitions away from the broker produce vendors and back to local farmers.

Background:
The Historical Dallas Farmers Market was in endangerment of being closed and torn down.  The Dallas Farmers Market had operated as a City owned and operated market since 1941.  The city was not a good operator and the market was losing money ($1M a year).  The Dallas Farmers Market local farmers, businesses and Farmers Market Stakeholder’s Association organized to save this important city and neighborhood landmark.   In 2012 the Dallas Farmers Market City owned property was placed for public bid – there were two bidders.  The winning bid was awarded to DF Market Holdings, LLC and the Dallas Farmers Market was privatized and sold in June, 2013.  Shed 1 was privatized with an agreement that it would continue to operate as a Farmers Market or the City would take it back.   The project received a Public Private Partnership Grant from the City of Dallas.   Shed 1 was the first building completed and the structure was renovated to be more pedestrian and customer friendly.  Also, the focus was brought back to local farmers – historically the focus at the beginning.   Since the Dallas Farmers Market was privatized in 2013 there has been renewed interest in the Farmers Market and Farmers Market District as a whole.  Businesses and local farmers who were previously forced to relocate or move their business have come back.  Residents and new businesses are moving to the area with a projection of 1,800 residents moving to the Farmers Market District in the next 18 months.  This successful public-private partnership is an example of the renewed interest and success with urbanization and preservation by rehabbing, renovating and restoring these important historical landmarks. The importance of preservation does not strictly relate to buildings or structures, it is also historical perception and what is important to our citizens, community and downtown.  The Dallas Farmers Market is important to our city.
 
 
Before Photo Credit: Dallas Municipal Archives 


Before Photo Credit: Dallas Municipal Archives 
 
 
 The Shed was completed Winter of 2014
 
 
Focus brought back to the Local Farmers - Summer of 2015
 
 
 Construction currently underway for The Market (formerly Shed 2) & Redevelopment of the Surrounding Dallas Farmers Market Area

 
J.T. Lemley from Lemley's Produce & Plant Farm - Summer of 2015
  
 
After Photo Credits: Tanya Ragan
Dallas Urbanista

 

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

―  Henry Ford

2 comments:

  1. I grew up at the market. When the city sold it, the dealers (at least the ones I dealt with) either left or were forced out (depending on who you talk to). They took parking out of the shed (and with apartments going up, there is only one shed). Parking is terrible, and they've put tow signs in the area behind 1010 S. Pearl (the offices) - including on the handicapped spots, which affects my wife and I visiting. . I'm finding less produce and more soaps, and "junk" being sold. They ruined the market. And, I'm posting anonymously, because I work for the City, and would probably be subject to discipline for speaking up.

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  2. Completely ruined market. Even my 8 year old son said Verbatim this sux. Way to go VanHoozier. You ruined it

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