Why I love Farmers' Markets: Fayetteville, Arkansas Market Days
You can really get a sense of your area's local businesses, movements, and learn about the history of the local community from market days. For this reason, our family loves visiting farmers' markets throughout the country. Our kids have grown to love many varieties of produce thanks to this interaction with local farmers and artisans.
The Fayetteville Farmer's market is held right in the Town Square, in the heart of downtown, historic Fayetteville. This market provides a sampling of local flavor, featuring an array of artists, artisan products, local flavors, and community organizations.
The location of this farmer's market is very quaint, as it is surrounded by shops and elegantly maintained landscaping. It is at the center of beautiful architecture, historic gardens, and of course, the University of Arkansas campus. Walking through the town square, you get a sense of a vibrant community with diverse roots. You are greeted by the sounds of bluegrass and acoustic guitars. There is the homemade pie (which sells out very fast), seasonal flowers, and wonderful handmade soap. The feel is relaxed and welcoming.
The market itself provides a lovely ambiance for a morning stroll, both kid and pet friendly. It is a great place for a daytime date or a walk with little ones. Parking is free on weekends, so there are plenty of places to find a spot to park, which makes it easy to bring a stroller or pet needs.
One vendor, Sycamore Valley Farm, offers different varieties including duck, goose, and of course, beautiful looking chicken eggs. I asked the deal with duck eggs, and she explained that the duck eggs have less white and more yolk. They can be used any way you would use chicken eggs. She explains that I can find some duck egg recipes on her site.
Another local company featured in the market talks about my favorite food: Chocolate! Markham & Fitz provide samples of chocolate tastings to compare the different varieties of chocolate bars, as well as samples of cocoa tea. The chocolate is smooth and full of flavor, all while being ethically sourced. Be sure to try their coffee, lavender, and pecan varieties.
The area is also home to many unique boutiques, cafes, breweries, and restaurants, all in walking distance. Its location is probably one of the prettiest I have seen in the country so far. Worth noting are a walk by the Square gardens, and a closer look at the Old Post office, constructed in 1911, on the National Registrar of Historic places. You can get a sense that this square has been the heart of the community for many years. The adjacent historic district would be an interesting walk, as there are many 19th century homes. Sunday drives will feature more downtown Fayetteville locations soon, so check back or subscribe to our page!
For a few tips to getting the most out of your Farmers' Market visit, check out our prior blog.
Fayetteville Farmers Market
Historic Downtown Fayetteville Square
101 W. Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701