First Fayetteville Farmers Market Of The Season Attracts Thousands

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - The Fayetteville Farmers Market opened for the season Saturday (Apr. 4th) at the Downtown Square, offering fresh and locally grown produce to people around Northwest Arkansas.

Local alpaca farmer Jane Dula was one of the 69 venders at the farmers market. She said the sunny morning helped bring out the customers.

"I love the farmers market because you're dealing with people, some people are from out of town, people are looking for gifts, and then I also have my regulars, I have people that come back week after week, month after month, that become personal friends," Dula said.

Kim Kapity also is a vender, and has a farm in Lincoln. She sells chicken, geese and duck eggs, and said on opening day of the farmers market, she sold over 1,000 eggs in 5 hours.

"Demand has been crazy, everyone's out, everyone wants the good fresh eggs," Kapity said.

Kapity said her sales from the farmers market allowed her to expand her business, and fulfill a life-long dream.

"It actually allowed me to quit my farm job, and so I do this full time which has been my dreams for years, and this made it possible, the volume of customers is fantastic I would have never been able to meet this many people on my own," Kapity said.

The Fayetteville Farmers Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2p.m. Starting May 4th, Sunday markets will also open at the Jefferson Center Playground on 612 South College Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In the River Valley, Van Buren is also opening its Farmers Market Saturday in the parking lot of the city's public library from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here's a link to their Facebook page for more information.

Below is a list of a few farmers markets opening in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley this season.

- Bentonville Farmers Market April 25th
- Rogers Farmer Market April 25th
- Fort Smith Farmers Market Open all year