My travel palette can vary from a little bit country to little bit rock ‘n roll. That’s what inspired me to create the perfect day trip to the farm without leaving the urban landscape of downtown Dallas.
Here are a few fun ways to explore country living while you’re right smack in the heart of the city.
Visit a Farmers Market
You don’t have to grow your own crops to get just-picked produce. The Dallas Farmers Market is nestled between the skyscrapers and offers visitors an open-air pavilion where you can meander and shop from regional farmers.
These folks raise their own food to sell to passersby. You’ll find a mix of farmers with a variety of seasonal vegetables, as well as cheese, eggs, honey, canned delicacies and so many other homegrown goodies.
Shop with Country Artisans
One of my favorite things to do at the Farmers Market is shopping with the arts and craft vendors, as well as those who make unique specialty goods.
During our visit, I happened upon friendly couple from the Rockin JR Ranch from Buffalo, TX. They say that’s where creole meets country.
The vendors make incredible handcrafted jellies and jams in multiple varieties including wine-inspired flavors.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a wine enthusiast or not. You’ll love these jellies that taste like cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio, rosé, sangria, and margarita. You can even choose between mango or passion fruit rum punch too!
The jellies and jams are great for breakfast on toast and biscuits. They’re also delicious served with cream cheese and crackers as a snack. Yum!
Stroll Back in Time
After our visit to the Dallas Farmers Market and enjoying lunch at the adjacent Market Shops, we decided to head over to the Dallas Heritage Village for a truly immersive experience back in time.
The village is home to the largest collection of 19th century pioneer, Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. You can stroll the grounds and discover what life was like over 100 years ago for ordinary Texans.
Many of the staff are dressed in period costumes and stay in character while offering insight on the buildings and life back in early Dallas.
We visited amazingly restored structures including a schoolhouse, church, hotel, bank, general store, saloon and several homes of prominent and everyday Texans. The experience gives you an incredible perspective which literally brings history to life.
Horse Around at an Animal Farm
Who knew that you could chase chickens, round up sheep or take buggy ride in a mule-drawn carriage just a stone through away from Dallas City Hall?
The Dallas Heritage Village has a farm animal menagerie that lets visitors get up close with a variety of friendly feathered and fun four-legged friends.
It’s the best way to cap off your day in the country while enjoying these wonderful hidden gems in the city.