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Community turns out for Benton Farmers’ Market debut

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Benton kicked off its first ever Farmers’ Market Sunday.

The outdoor market is being held every Sunday through July 27 from 12:30-5 p.m. at 495 Simpson Street in downtown Benton.

Thousands of locals showed up for the first Benton Farmers’ Market held Sunday, June 1 at 495 Simpson St. in downtown Benton. The Sunday-only market featured several vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other homemade goodies and pre-made meals.

Thousands of locals showed up for the first Benton Farmers’ Market held Sunday, June 1 at 495 Simpson St. in downtown Benton. The Sunday-only market featured several vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other homemade goodies and pre-made meals.

The idea for a farmer’s market had swirled through town for years, then, a fan page for the market popped up on a popular social media website and was an instant hit, doubling in size overnight and still growing.

The farmer’s market committee said it will be a community based market, created to provide healthy, locally grown produce and to promote gardening, farming and production of agricultural goods.

“We have some great vendors who are coming from all around the Ark-La-Tex,” said Benton Farmers’ Market committee member Dawn Bushnell via a press release. “There’ll be local entertainment and lots of things for visitors to enjoy. We’re really excited about what this is going to do for the Town of Benton.”

Over 40 vendors have already signed up to sell produce, meats and seafood, dairy and eggs, honey, lunch foods and more during the market’s inaugural season.

Easily accessible from Highway 3, Airline Drive/Palmetto Road and Highway 162, the market and will take place “rain or shine,” unless there is a major storm producing flooding and/or lightning.

The market will be the first event to make use of Benton’s new, 3.67-acre park. Parking and restroom facilities are available on-site. A children’s playground area, picnic tables and pavilion will also be available. Future plans for the park include an expanded playground area with “splash pads,” a walking track, barbecue pits and more.

“This is not just a park for Benton. It will be a contribution from the town, school system and local government agencies to the entire community,” Mayor Wayne Cathcart previously told the Press-Tribune. “By providing an infrastructure in the form of a recreational facility, we are improving the lifestyle for all of our citizens.”