Growing Bentonville Farmers Market Wins $5,000 from National Contest; Plans to Distribute Winnings to Farmers Market Shoppers


Farmers markets are more than just a place to find perfect blueberries or red, ripe tomatoes—they’re a place where we can engage with our local farmers and makers face to face, support our local economy, and gather as a community.

Downtown Bentonville Inc. announces the Bentonville Farmers Market has won a cash prize from Milwaukie-based grain company Bob’s Red Mill. The “Farmers Market Forever” national contest encouraged people to nominate their favorite farmers market to receive $5,000. Bentonville’s Farmers Market received multiple entries by Northwest Arkansas locals. Overall, 2,400 entries were received, and five markets were selected. 

Downtown Bentonville Inc. plans to use a portion of the $5,000 cash prize to reinvest in the farmers, makers, and vendors that make the Bentonville Farmers Market a lively, vibrant, inclusive community event on Thursdays and Saturdays.  The non-profit is planning a Shop the Block-style cash giveaway for Saturday, October 9th.  Previously, Downtown Bentonville Inc. hosted Shop the Block events, which offered $30 to registered shoppers to spend in downtown businesses, restaurants, and shops. The community is encouraged to follow for Shop the Market registration opportunities and updates. 

Saturday Bentonville Farmers Market has experienced record-setting numbers in 2021, even with fewer vendors due to COVID-19 health guidelines. 

The Bentonville Farmers Market is held on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday mornings from 7:30am to 1:00pm from April through October. In addition, an online farmers market is available year-round via the Bentonville Farmers Market App, which can be downloaded for Apple and Android smartphones.