Visitors at the Farmers' Market, May 2011
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 24, 2012) - The Farmers' Market in Little Rock's downtown River Market District celebrated its official opening of its 38th season this week.
"The opening weekend of the Spring Farmers' Market is going to be a lot of fun," said Director of River Market Operations, Diana McClung. "We encourage everyone to come down to the River Market and shop for their fresh produce, check out the local arts and crafts, and celebrate the birthday of our beloved 'Dean The Bean' with us."
'Dean The Bean' - a friendly, Arkansas-grown organic green bean will be celebrating the return of Farmer's Market and his first birthday the opening weekend of the Market.
The 6-ft.-tall walking costumed character - complete with glasses - will welcome guests to the Market and serve as the official greeter for subsequent Farmers' Market events.
Patronized by locals and tourists alike, the Farmers' Market has served as a seasonal institution and local destination favorite for over three decades. Filled with farmers selling farm-fresh produce straight to consumers from the backs of their trucks from early morning until mid-afternoon every April through October, patrons can find bargains on Arkansas crops as well as a bountiful array of handmade arts and crafts.
Among the list of fresh produce you'll find: peaches, eggplant, strawberries, watermelon, beans, peas, corn, herbs, plants, greens, tomatoes, plums, berries, goat cheese, beets, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, squash, asparagus, eggs, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, cherries, lettuce, onions, spinach, and radishes.
On Saturdays, the market will offer a "veggie valet," which will enable shoppers to leave their purchases so they can be held for pickup while they continue shopping or retrieve their car.
The Farmers' Market makes its home in the River Market's two outdoor, open-air pavilions overlooking Riverfront Park and the Arkansas River located at 400 President Clinton Avenue. The Market is open twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The season will run from April through October.
(Source: River Market)