Farmers markets offer fresh produce, crafts and a social experience
By Dave Woods | DiscoverNorthwestArkansas.com
Nou Lee works hard every summer to bring her fresh produce and flowers to the Fayetteville Farmers Market.
“Everything we sell we must grow,” said Nou, who has been a vendor at the market for 12 years. “I grow 12 acres total. I have seven acres of flowers and five acres of vegetables. You name it, we have it.”
Nou, who teaches school in Gentry, loves seeing her loyal customers every week on the Fayetteville Square.
“I think the customers are great,” she said. “It’s really fun for me.”
Nou said it’s important to support local farmers and put locally grown produce on the family dining table.
“People who come here are supporting the local farmers and it’s always fresh,” she said. “Buy at a store and you don’t know how long it’s been there. What we we sell here is natural and we don’t do a lot of spraying. It’s very healthy.”
Teresa Mauer, co-manager of the Fayetteville Farmers Market, agreed. It’s fresh, healthy and social.
“I call it Fayetteville’s living room,” she said, smiling. “I think it’s the diversity of products and the fact that it is social. You can get your food and listen to music. The square draws people on a Saturday and you see little reunions taking place.”
Many area communities offer farmers markets for their residents to enjoy, but Teresa believes Fayetteville’s is a little different.
“I think it’s special,” she said. “Everything that you see here has been picked within the last 24 to 48 hours. You can’t match that at a super market. The people here are small growers from the four-county area. This is very high quality produce. It’s a trademark of the Fayetteville Farmers Market.”
The Fayetteville Farmers Market features local grown produce from Benton, Carroll, Madison
and Washington Counties in Arkansas. Many area farmers markets will double SNAP
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) dollars.
Go to marketsnap.uark.edu/nwa-farmers-markets for a list of local farmers markets.