by Rachel Scott McDaniel
Opening Day for the nonprofit Denton Community Market, at the Historical Park in downtown Denton, will be April 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., specializing in local produce, locally produced food items and local artisan wares. It is a producer-only farmers’ market and art market with something for the entire family. The gathering allows people to meet producers, musicians and artists in person.
Vicki Oppenheim, with the market, says, “The farmers sell produce and agricultural products that are produced with sustainable practices, and will gladly talk with customers about their farms and practices. The variety of local food and local items is important to the Denton community and to visitors from all over DFW.”
The market has been recognized in the Best of Denton community event contest three years in a row and welcomes visitors from across the DFW Metroplex and beyond. It provides a unique experience that highlights the arts of Denton with between 60 and 100 vendors each week.
Patrons can also visit the Pet District, full of pet-oriented vendors and special amenities for animal companions ranging from dog water bowls to dog pools. There are children’s activities where little ones can visit craft tables, participate in kids’ yoga, face painting and more.
On this special day, the Community Market is partnering with the Denton County Office of History and Culture to host events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. Attendees can participate in roping demonstrations, listen to live music comprising cowboy songs and other Old West special events.
“Yoga classes for adults and children, tai chi, craft activities and pet costume contests are just some of the activities that are available during the season,” states Oppenheim. “All of this is within walking distance of an array of other unique restaurants and stores to visit.”
Admission is free. Denton Community Market is located at 317 W. Mulberry St., in Denton. For more information, visit DentonMarket.org.