Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day out and about with the kids or you want to add a go-to local spot to stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and more, you can’t go wrong by visiting a farmers market. Fortunately, the area in and around McKinney features a range of markets to explore.
Crème de la Crème child care in McKinney put together this list of farmers markets you just have to try. From markets on Saturday mornings to evening markets during the week, you’re sure to find a farmers market that fits into your busy schedule.
McKinney Farmers Market
“assorted berries” used with permission via Unsplash by gndclouds
What’s better than having a farmers market right in your own town? Having a hometown farmers market that runs all year round! That’s exactly what you’ll get from the McKinney Farmers Market. This popular event delivers the experience of an old-time market on Saturdays throughout the year, so you can easily find time to stock up on delicious goods and soak in the atmosphere with family.
Head over to Chester Square near downtown McKinney to enjoy the feel of market days of the past. You can join an event or special tour, or just sit back and relax while catching up with other locals. Of course, you’ll find plenty of delicious goods to bring home every time you visit. With vendors selling everything from local and organic meat to dairy, honey to produce, and more, you’re sure to find the perfect treats for your family. You’ll also find vendors offering baked goods, artisan and specialty foods, plants, flowers, wine, crafts, and beyond.
McKinney Farmers Market consistently ranks as one of Texas’ top farmers markets, and the list of items typically available makes it clear why. Sure, you’ll find goods like farm-fresh produce, grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken and eggs that you expect whenever you pencil a morning at a farmers market into your schedule. But this market also boasts specialty items such as jerky, tamales, ginger beer, and teas, not to mention an impressive selection of arts and crafts vendors.
Kiddos will love the face painting, pony rides, and live music, so you’ll have no trouble getting them excited for a trip to stock up on amazing goods. You can visit the farmers market every Saturday from April through November from 8 a.m. to noon. Between December and March, the market is open on every first and third Saturday. The market’s hours during those months are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lucas Farmers Market
Head over to nearby Lucas for another amazing local farmers market. Established in 2019, the Lucas Farmers Market delivers a range of delicious goods to take your shopping to the next level. You’ll find this market right next to Lucas City Hall.
The organizers of the Lucas Farmers Market strive to create a safe, pleasant community experience. Shop for local and organic meat, produce, and honey, or stock up on artisan and specialty foods, baked goods, plants and flowers, and more. The market features agricultural vendors, cottage food and specialty vendors, and artisan vendors, making it easier than ever to get all your shopping done at one fun and convenient market.
You can get super fresh produce and meat for the week ahead, and buy some tasty snacks like popcorn while you’re at it. Want some salsa, spices, or tea to stock your cupboards? This farmers market has you covered with those goods, too. You can even find unique gifts like candles, soaps, and more.
Lucas Farmer Market volunteers also feature a dedicated booth called Market Share to benefit food pantries and shelters in Collin County. You can bring cleaning supplies or canned goods from home to share, or even purchase donations from vendors at the market. Market Share Partners rotate throughout the farmers market season. Lucas Farmers Market is open twice monthly on Saturdays. You can visit between 8 a.m. and noon.
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market
You don’t have to travel far from McKinney for yet another great farmers market option. The Frisco Rotary Farmers Market, located in Frisco, features a wide range of the freshest produce, eggs, and meat, not to mention fresh ground coffee, olive oil, and baked goods to enjoy.
The market’s website offers a produce calendar so you can check out when your family’s go-to fruits and veggies are available in North Texas. After all, you can’t beat the taste of produce that comes fresh from the fields. Once you get to the market, make sure to start your day by visiting the Rotary Booth. That’s where you can get some fresh Tacodeli breakfast tacos and a bottomless Barking Owl coffee cup.
The Frisco Rotary Farmers Market also hosts various special events and kids’ activities, so take a peek at the calendar to plan the perfect outing. You can shop on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon.
Celina Friday Night Market
Looking to change up your Saturday-morning market routine? Add the Celina Friday Night Market to your list of local activities. This open-air market is the place to go when you want to spend an evening eating delicious food, shopping local goods, and listening to live music.
Held in Downtown Celina, this unique market supports a variety of vendors. Whether you’re looking to shop from local farmers, ranchers, artisans, crafters, or vineyards, you’ll find an assortment of homegrown, handmade, and homemade products to love.
The Celina Friday Night Market takes place from March through November on the first Friday of every month, with the exception of the July market (that takes place on the second Friday). The market is open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Railcar Farmers Market of Van Alstyne
You’ll find another option for evening farmers market shopping in Van Alstyne. The Railcar Farmers Market of Van Alstyne takes place on Tuesday afternoons from April to October.
Local growers come together with fresh produce, meat, and eggs as well as chocolate-covered fruit, marshmallows, canned vegetables, cupcakes, and more. You’ll even find dog treats here!
The sustainable shopping experience is perfect for shoppers of all ages, so bring the kids for an afternoon of fun. The market runs from 4 to 7 p.m.That wraps up Crème de la Crème of McKinney’s list of local farmers markets to try! Don’t see your favorite market here? Drop us a line so we can add it.