It is spring, and locally grown, fresh produce will soon be available again in Batesville. This year, with two markets in town, the growing number of small farmers in our area have excellent venues to sell their produce every week through the 2018 season.
Local farmers hope to start selling at the White River Farmers Market the last week of April. The cool spring weather here has been slowing everything down, so farmers may come to the market the first week of May.
Clark Family Farm of Bethesda, Mahan Farm of Southside, Stewart Farm of Cave City, Price’s Farm out of Pleasant Plains, and Shady Hill Farm of Jamestown are just some of the local producers planning to sell at the White River Farmers Market throughout the 2018 season.
Batesville’s White River Farmers Market is located near Fitzhugh Park on 20th Street by the White River. This market will be open every Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday in the season (closed Tuesdays and Thursdays). Fridays and Saturdays will probably be the busiest market days with most farmers coming to sell.
Batesville also has the popular Main Street Farmers Market that will celebrate opening day on Saturday, May 5. Main Street Batesville is planning a big farm day celebration on opening day that will include live music, food, a gardening demonstration with Brandon Gordon of Five Acre Farms and many garden-related vendors.
For the 2018 season, the Main Street Farmers Market will run the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month through September. The Main Street Farmers Market is located in the Pocket Park on Main Street and features crafts, pottery, handmade jewelry and live music as well as Arkansas grown produce.
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