Northwest Arkansas may be morphing into a bustling metropolitan area with more than 500,000 people, but its roots are still firmly entrenched in rural farmers who lived before Walmart and other big businesses exploded in this area and when U.S. 71 was the only way to get from Fayetteville to Bentonville.
Many people prefer the tradition of getting their foods straight from local farmers, so they prefer to partake in the local farmers markets that are abundant in the area.
The Fayetteville Farmers Market is probably the most well-known, with it still being held on the iconic Fayetteville Square, although other farmers markets take place in Fayetteville in the Mill District, at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and at its newest location at the Jefferson Center.
It offers local vendors with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, honey, jams and even herbs and herb plants.
Market managers and vendors emphasize locally produced, fresh ingredients for maximum nutrition.
A plethora of other farmers markets exist in Northwest Arkansas, and are listed here by city in alphabetical order.
Bentonville Farmers Market, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 24th-October 30th, the downtown Square.
Eureka Springs Farmers Market, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m.-noon, April through November. This market has between 12 to 20 vendors featuring locally grown and organic produce, pasture-raised poultry and eggs, organic beef, bakery products, hand-milled soaps and beauty products, and hand-made, farm-based crafts, Pine Mountain Village, 2075 E. Van Buren Street.
Fayetteville Farmers Market, Saturdays 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m.-1 p.m., April through November, the Fayetteville Square.
Fayetteville Farmers Market, Saturdays 7 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays 4-7 p.m., April through November, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
Fayetteville Farmers Market Sunday Market, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, May through November, Jefferson Center.
Green Fork Farmers Market, Wednesdays 4-7 p.m., year round, in the breezeway at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson Street. Pre-orders encouraged.
Wren Thicket Farmers Market, Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon, year round, Fayetteville Firefighters’ Association building at 1041 S. School Street. Pre-orders encouraged.
Gravette Farmers Market, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May through September. 110 Park Drive in Old Town Park.
Madison County Farmers Market, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon, May through October, Huntsville Square.
Rogers Farmers Market, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Mondays 4-7 p.m., May through November. Corner of Elm and Arkansas streets in historic downtown Rogers.
Siloam Springs Farmers Market, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., April to October, city park in downtown Siloam Springs.
Springdale Farmers Market, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., May through October. On the Memorial Walk at the Jones Center for Families, Arkansas 265 and Emma Avenue.
West Fork Farmers Market, Saturdays 7 a.m.-noon, April through first frost. Wednesdays 3 p.m.-dusk, June through September, Mondays 3 p.m.-dusk, July and August, downtown West Fork at the corner of U.S. 71 and Campbell Loop, next to the city administration building.
Winslow Farmers Market, Saturdays 9 a.m-noon, beginning in April. Downtown Winslow at the train depot. ■