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The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

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Farm Means Community

Farm+Means+Community

//PICTURED ABOVE: Bonton offers food so fresh, you can see it growing in the on-site garden.


After a 20-minute drive, I pulled into the Bonton neighborhood in South Dallas, with its uniform housing units and freshly paved streets. Sitting on a corner, a fresh restaurant with an urban, wooden exterior seemed as if it is a hub of the neighborhood. That hub was The Market at Bonton Farms. 

The outside of the market was inviting. Entering the restaurant, I was flooded with chatter and an immediate sense of community. Every table was packed, ages ranging from kids running around outside to grandparents enjoying a delicious meal.

The ordering process was simple:you stand in line and peruse a menu consisting of all-day breakfast, lunch and drinks. The menu is brief, yet contains a variety of healthy options, from yogurt parfait to catfish and collard greens. Beside the line is a wall of open refrigerators filled with easy grab-and-go options, indicating that the Market is not only a restaurant but also a quick-stop grocery store.

The people taking my order were so kind and helpful, offering suggestions and assistance. All the items on their menu are fresh from their farm, right out the window. 

Everything was very affordable and reasonably priced; the lowest price on a dish was $5 and the highest was $10. 

Sitting outside, I was impressed with the serenity. The ample seating on the deck offered a beautiful view of the garden. 

The service was quick and personal; they constantly asked about my meal and if I needed anything else. The food was outstanding and I could taste the freshness and love from the kitchen.

I ordered from the breakfast menu: the sweet potato hash topped with a fried egg. It was the best breakfast I’ve ever had! It was very filling, taking up a whole plate but it was only 7 dollars.

You can see the community coming together here. Some of the employees’ kids were even running around helping their parents and clearing plates. They were so cute. Everyone—eight years old—or 87 is eager to make sure your experience is the best it can be.

After I ate, I walked along the rows of fresh vegetables. There are aesthetic, colorful murals along the back walls of the garden, creating a happy environment. Additionally, I went to pet the donkeys and chickens. The staff working with the animals was very knowledgeable, inviting me to interact with the animals.

If you are looking for a wonderful atmosphere, a sense of community, great food and interesting conversations, the Market at Bonton Farms is the place to go.


Story by Kate Clark, News Editor

Photo by Kate Clark

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