The Little Rock Farmers Market launches its 50th season in the Capitol City on May 4 at the River Market Pavilions. The upcoming season, dubbed “Back to Our Roots” highlights the contribution of the farmers market for the city and the local producers that sell there.

 

“This year’s theme and focus will align with our mission to directly support the local community and economy,” said Elizabeth Rush, manager. “Vendors will include farmers, produce brokers, locally prepared food products, art, and handcrafted specialties which may include anything from pottery to personal care items.”

 

The market, which began in 1974, has played an important role in the development of Little Rock’s core neighborhood. In the early 1990s, the riverfront stretch of downtown was comprised of little more than derelict buildings and crumbling warehouses. Visionary Little Rock developers Jimmy Moses and Rhett Tucker gambled that with the right amenities and programming, the neighborhood could be a showpiece for the city.

 

Moses/Tucker developed the first amenities in what would become the River Market district of which the farmers market was an early feature and paving the way for additional development to come. Today the neighborhood is a thriving attraction for locals and visitors alike and the market, which has been located at River Market Pavilions since 1996, has operated there every summer since, including a shortened 2020 season due to COVID-19.

 

“The market is a central Arkansas tradition,” Rush said. “The atmosphere and location are perfect for families to spend a Saturday morning and find farm-to-table options and handmade crafts.”

 

The 2024 season will be held each Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 7. Ottenheimer Market Hall, adjacent to the Pavilions, will also be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking is available in the lot behind the market, accessible from Ottenheimer Plaza and President Clinton Avenue as well as in the River Market Parking Deck at Second Street and River Market Avenue.

 

Many vendors accept SNAP benefits, indicated by signage in their booth. The market also participates in the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program, allowing patrons to receive up to a $20 match for SNAP tokens to be used at the Market. SNAP tokens can be purchased at the Farmers Market tent in the River Market on Saturdays during the season.

 

Second Saturday events will also be held during the season to feature community partners with special programming. More information will be released as the programming is confirmed.

 

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