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article imageFarmers’ market in Arkansas offers locally grown produce and more Special

By Kay Mathews     May 8, 2011 in Food
Bentonville - The Bentonville Farmers Market is in full swing offering visitors fresh produce, locally raised meats, and family-friendly events that bring the community together.
The popularity of farmers’ markets has increased significantly in the United States as a whole, within the state of Arkansas, and in the city of Bentonville.
For over 30 years, the Bentonville Farmers Market has been a venue for local farmers, bakers, meat producers, and craftspeople to sell their products.
More recently, Downtown Bentonville, Inc. has been the organization that pulls participants together, advertises the event, and hosts family-friendly activities in conjunction with the market.
DBI believes “that downtown is the heart of our community and nurturing its sustainable growth is critical to the long term health of the city.”
DBI booth at the Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  2011
DBI booth at the Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
DBI and its community partners have been the “driving force” behind the growth of the farmers’ market. This season the market began on April 23. The Saturday Farmers Market is held form 7:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. on the Downtown Square and the Wednesday Farmers Market is held form 8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at Ernie Lawrence Plaza near the Downtown Square.
This reporter arrived on the scene of the May 7 farmers’ market shortly before 1:00p.m. when the crowds were dwindling; yet, many people stayed to enjoy the beautiful and welcomed sunny day.
Enjoying the sunny day in Downtown Bentonville while at farmers  market event.  Bentonville  Ark.  M...
Enjoying the sunny day in Downtown Bentonville while at farmers' market event. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
Morning activities included a performance by the group Trout Fishing in America, a cooking demonstration, and the “Get Out & Ride” bike event.
It was, however, lunchtime so the vendor Crepes Paulette was a popular destination.
Vendor Crepes Paulette at the Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  2011
Vendor Crepes Paulette at the Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
For those who want to eat green, spinach, lettuce, spring herbs, Swiss chard, mustard greens and more were available. Included in the “more” category is the Chinese cabbage Bok Choy that was being sold by a vendor. Bok choy is often featured in soups, appetizers, and stir-fries.
Bok Choy.  Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  2011
Bok Choy. Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
Anyone asking the question “Where’s the beef?” would find it at the L & B Farms booth. L & B Farms offered grass fed, USDA inspected, all natural beef from T-bone steaks to brisket to filet mignon.
L & B Farms offering grass fed  all natural beef at Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  ...
L & B Farms offering grass fed, all natural beef at Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
Not surprisingly, with it being the day before Mother’s Day, many vendors offered beautiful flowers.
Mother s Day special on flowers at the Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  2011
Mother's Day special on flowers at the Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
Hanging baskets of flowers for sale at the Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  20...
Hanging baskets of flowers for sale at the Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
Flowers for sale at the Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  2011
Flowers for sale at the Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
The market will not end until October 29 so there are many opportunities to stop by and buy fresh, locally grown products. For more information about the Bentonville Farmers Market and the variety of activities featured in conjunction with the market, visit DBI’s website.
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