In its second year, the Wooster Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is having its grand opening Saturday, April 12.
Farmers’ markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. In the past decade they have become a favorite marketing method for many farmers throughout the United States and a weekly ritual for many shoppers.
Shopping the Wooster Farmers’ Market presents an opportunity to meet local farmers and purchase fresh, flavorful produce.
Registration will begin as early as 7:30 a.m. to prepare for shoppers at 8 a.m. The sale ends at noon. Vendor spaces are free for opening day and May 3, but a $5 entrance fee will be charged other days during the year — or you may opt for a $50 annual membership fee to reserve a space.
The 2014 season will operate for 29 weeks and will end Oct. 25. A vendor is allowed up to three registered helpers in their booth and must display prices of goods on a visible and legible sign no smaller than a 3x5 note card.
Anyone selling produce or crafts at the 2014 Market must comply with all Arkansas Regulations and be a registered vendor. No live animals, birds or pets are allowed in Wooster City Park grounds. No alcohol or firearms are allowed.
Last year was a huge success as farmers and shoppers got to know each other.
Produce that was sold included many varieties of squash, onions, beans, peas, strawberries, apples, carrots, watermelons, beef and even grapes, jams and jellies as the season progressed.
Throughout the season last year, the organizers offered free breakfasts, musical groups who entertained, free balloons and prizes and a free demonstration to make crab-apple jelly.
The aim of the Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market of Wooster is to offer a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to all who visit, buy or sell.
Vendor applications may be picked up at 104 Patton Road and will be available from the market manager on Market Saturdays.
Vendors may register at Wooster City Park before sale time on market day, call 501-581-7371 or email WoosterMarket@gmail.com.
Wooster City Park is at the corner of Shaw Bridge Road and Parkway Drive, five miles west of Greenbrier.