This past Saturday night, I rounded up some friends, packed a cooler full of sparkling Crémant d’Alsace and pink pét-nats from Bar & Garden, and headed down to Bonton Farms in South Dallas.
The pervasive challenges faced by residents of Southern Dallas are felt most acutely in the small neighborhood of Bonton, where half of the population lives below the poverty line.
It's called the Green Mater Sandwich, the "maters" being thick slices of green tomato, fried to a jellied sweetness with a crunchy, pebbled cornmeal crust clinging just so.
Originally, Bonton founder and executive director Daron Babcock envisioned a fresh market in the sleek, modern space at the dead-end of Bexar Street.
My sister came into town from Denver for a long weekend visit, sans husband and kids. I decided we should eat our way around town. Here’s what we did.
Within the small South Dallas neighborhood of Bonton, there exists an agricultural intervention designed "to restore lives, create jobs, and ignite hope in the most forgotten and neglected neighborhoods for the most marginalized and vulnerable people."
Bonton Farms is redefining community in its neighborhood in South Dallas in unique ways.
On the back side of Bonton Farms, one of the country's largest urban gardens here in South Dallas, lies a row of fencing painted with inspiring messages, just past the goats and tomato vines.
For the past eight years, I have witnessed the good work that members of our FC Dallas family have been involved with in their communities locally and globally.
Trog Trogdon grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams for his future.
I’ve got some good news to report. The construction of the market is well underway, as you can see from the photo above.
After his first wife’s death, Daron Babcock started picking bar fights and snorting rails of coke. Then he did something even crazier. He started a farm in South Dallas.
Last year, to cover its rear after cutting poor ol' Costco a $3 million check to open a North Dallas location, the city dangled the same amount in front of big-name grocers in the hopes they'd plant a store or two in a southern Dallas food desert.
"We didn't grow up with none of this stuff around," said Clifton Resse, a lifelong Dallas resident and the head bee keeper at Bonton Farms.
Surrounded by traffic, concrete, and corner stores is a 1.1 acre farm located in the middle of south Dallas.
The dusty black pickup rocked back and forth along the dirt path as it charged forward into new territory.
Just two short years ago, the south Dallas lot where Bonton Farms sits today was abandoned – overflowing with trash and overgrown trees.
So when Daron Babcock planted a garden next to his South Dallas home three years ago, he called it an ‘act of defiance’.