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 facebook.com/downtownbentonville 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.