North­west Arkansas boasts many farm­ers mar­kets

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUT & ABOUT - By Sarah Haney

Farm­ers mar­kets give con­sumers the abil­ity to buy their fruits, veg­eta­bles, meats, and much more, di­rectly from area farm­ers and ven­dors. Many pre­fer farm­ers mar­kets be­cause of the knowl­edge that the prod­ucts be­ing bought are lo­cally grown or made, and the money will re­main lo­cal as well.

There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties in North­west Arkansas to shop the booths of a farm­ers mar­ket, with sev­eral cities or towns host­ing their own.

Ben­tonville

The Ben­tonville Farm­ers Mar­ket is held on the down­town Ben­tonville square from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Sat­ur­day, from April through Oc­to­ber. The pro­ducer-only mar­ket of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of high qual­ity lo­cal foods, pro­duce, meats, art and crafts. The mar­ket man­ager con­ducts farm and work­shop vis­its to en­sure the items sold at the mar­ket are grown, pro­duced or made by the seller. All meats and cheeses at the mar­ket are USDA and FDA in­spected and cer­ti­fied, and all food prod­uct is ap­proved by the Benton County Health Depart­ment and falls within state cer­ti­fied guide­lines.

The mar­ket makes fresh food avail­able to the en­tire com­mu­nity by ac­cept­ing WIC, SNAP, and Se­nior Farm­ers Mar­ket Nutri­tion Pro­gram vouch­ers.

Cen­ter­ton

The Cen­ter­ton Farm­ers Mar­ket is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri­days and Satur­days, in the park at Cen­ter­ton City Hall Park.

Eureka Springs

The Eureka Springs Farm­ers Mar­ket is open from 7 a.m. to noon, April through Novem­ber, at 44 Kings High­way (the old Eureka Springs High School).

Fayet­teville

Since 1973, the Fayet­teville Farm­ers Mar­ket has of­fered fresh and lo­cally grown pro­duce, flow­ers, plants, meats, baked goods, honey, eggs, jams, ju­ried crafts, and fine art from the four-county area. The Farm­ers Mar­ket is open year round on the his­toric Fayet­teville down­town square. From April to Oc­to­ber it open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tues­day and Thurs­day, and from April to Novem­ber it is also open on Satur­days, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Sat­ur­day mar­ket, or the “Crown Jewel of Fayet­teville” as it has come to be known, brings life to the Fayet­teville down­town with lo­cal mu­si­cians, com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, and per­form­ers. With SNAP, WIC and Se­nior Vouch­ers be­ing ac­cepted, fresh pro­duce and prod­ucts are avail­able to ev­ery­one in North­west Arkansas.

Green Fork

Green Fork Farm­ers Mar­ket in Fayet­teville, Ark., is made up of a group of small fam­ily farms com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity with nat­u­rally grown food and ar­ti­san prod­ucts. Farm­ers at the mar­ket grow with­out syn­thetic fer­til­iz­ers and pes­ti­cides and use high qual­ity, nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents in their hand­made prod­ucts. Prod­ucts avail­able in­clude lo­cally and nat­u­rally grown beef, chicken, pork, duck, eggs, honey, Shi­itake mush­rooms, mi­cro­greens, veg­eta­bles, herbs, fruits, herbal prod­ucts, plants, and baked goods.

The mar­ket is lo­cated at 205 W. Dick­son St., in Fayet­teville, in the Breeze­way at Night­bird Books. The mar­ket is open from 4 to 7 p.m., year round.

Gravette

Gravette Farm­ers Mar­ket’s pri­mary goal is pro­mot­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and healthy eat­ing by selling only lo­cally grown foods. The mar­ket also has a big va­ri­ety of plants, raw lo­cal honey, USDA pork and beef, eggs, cre­ative and artis­tic craft items and whole­some baked goods.

Gravette Farm­ers Mar­ket ac­cepts USDA WIC vouch­ers, Se­nior Nutri­tion Pro­gram vouch­ers, Dou­ble-the-Money Se­nior coupons and to­kens. The mar­ket is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Satur­days, May through Septem­ber, at 110 Park Drive in Old Town Park.

Greenland

The Greenland Farm­ers Mar­ket is lo­cated at the Greenland Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Satur­days, May through Oc­to­ber.

Madi­son County

The Madi­son County Farm­ers Mar­ket is open from 7 a.m. to noon, Tues­days and Satur­days, May through Oc­to­ber in the Huntsville Square.

Prairie Grove

The Prairie Grove Farm­ers Mar­ket is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Satur­days, May through Oc­to­ber in Mock Park.

Rogers

The Rogers Farm­ers Mar­ket has been serv­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity for 30 years. Depend­ing upon the sea­son, the mar­ket of­fers a large se­lec­tion of fresh veg­eta­bles, fruits, baked goods, meats, honey, jams and jel­lies, eggs, herbs, and flow­ers. Non­food items in­clude hand crafted hard­wood kitchen items, knitwear, home and gar­den dé­cor, and more.

Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Satur­days and Wed­nes­days, the mar­ket is lo­cated in the park­ing lot at 100 N. Dix­ieland Road at the Frisco Sta­tion Mall.

Spring­dale

The Spring­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket is an out­door mar­ket es­tab­lished at the Jones Cen­ter in 1997, and is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tues­days, Thurs­days, and Satur­days, May through Oc­to­ber. Lo­cated on the Memo­rial Walk of the Jones Cen­ter for Fam­i­lies, ven­dors fea­ture all kinds of veg­eta­bles, fruits and herbs in sea­son as well as lo­cal honey, farm fresh eggs, frozen USDA in­spected meats, plants, and a va­ri­ety of crafts. All items at the Farm­ers Mar­ket are home grown or home­made by mem­bers of the mar­ket who live in Benton, Car­roll, Madi­son, or Wash­ing­ton coun­ties. No items are bought and resold.

Spring­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket has a mar­ket EBT ma­chine that will ac­cept SNAP/ EBT and debit cards. Cash, per­sonal checks, WIC and Se­niors Farm­ers Mar­ket coupons are also ac­cepted. The mar­ket also par­tic­i­pates in a Dou­ble Your Dol­lars pro­gram funded by a grant from the Wal-Mart Fam­ily Foun­da­tion to the North­west Arkansas Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Al­liance.

Siloam Springs

Lo­cated at 110 W. Univer­sity St., the Siloam Springs Farm­ers Mar­ket is a pro­ducer-only mar­ket of­fer­ing foods grown di­rectly at farms in North­west Arkansas and North­east Ok­la­homa. Lo­cal ar­ti­sans of­fer hand­made wares rang­ing from wood­carv­ings and jew­elry to hand-knit house­hold goods, beau­ti­ful ar­ti­san soaps, and more. Fresh pas­ture-raised meats in­clude pork, chicken, turkey and beef, as well as pas­tured chicken and duck eggs. Baked goods in­clude hand­made gra­nola, scones, cook­ies, breads, pizza crusts, jams, ko­laches, and much more.

The mar­ket also of­fers on­line or­der­ing through siloam­springs.lo­cal­ly­grown.net any­time Sun­day through Wed­nes­day. You or­der items on­line, then sim­ply pick them up the fol­low­ing Sat­ur­day morn­ing at the Mar­ket Wel­come Booth be­tween 9 a.m. and noon. The Siloam Springs Farm­ers Mar­ket gladly ac­cepts EBT and SNAP.

The mar­ket is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Sat­ur­day, and runs April 15 through Oct. 7.

West Fork

West Fork Farm­ers Mar­ket of­fers USDA meats, or­ganic veg­eta­bles and art­work. The grow­ers are ex­pand­ing to year-round pro­duc­tion and work­ing to im­ple­ment a “Farm to School” pro­gram with the West Fork Schools. The mar­ket is open 7 a.m. to noon, Satur­days, April through first frost. Then it is open from 3 p.m. to dusk, Wed­nes­days, June through Septem­ber, and 3 p.m. to dusk, Mon­days, July and Au­gust. The mar­ket is lo­cated at High­way 170 and Camp­bell Loop.

Winslow

The Winslow Farm­ers Mar­ket is open from 9 a.m. to noon, be­gin­ning in April, at the train de­pot in down­town Winslow.

Wren Thicket in Fayet­teville

The Wren Thicket Farm­ers Mar­ket is open from 9 a.m. to noon, Satur­days, year round in the Fayet­teville Fire­fight­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion build­ing at 1041 S. School St. Pre-or­ders are en­cour­aged.

NWADG File Pho­tos

FARM­ERS MAR­KETS in Gravette (top) and Rogers (bot­tom).

NWADG File Photo

FARM­ERS MAR­KET in Ben­tonville.

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