With the recent rains, warming temperatures and the emergence of blooms on the tulip trees, I have been hit with a crippling wave of spring fever. In contrast to the stark beauty of our landscape sans foliage, springtime in Bentonville paints a fragrant wonderland of pastel flowers and vibrant greens, and it makes my heart go pitter-patter.
Spring also heralds the coming three seasons of fresh foods and veggies, sourced right from our local farmers.
Thats right, it’s almost time for the Bentonville Farmer’s Market to ramp back up and take over on the Square on Saturday mornings.
From April 23 through October 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Saturday morning Bentonville Square becomes a sea of farmers, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, crafts, flowers, local art, candy makers, breads and pastries, handmade soaps, artists, families, dogs, joggers, cyclists, locals, visitors, outdoor yoga enthusiasts, food demos, themed events, parades, races, music, food trucks, general happiness and wellbeing.
It makes for some good eatin’ and some good people watchin’.
The Farmer’s Market is “the” place to be on Saturday mornings in Bentonville. In fact, its so great it was awarded 2nd place in the 2015 National Farmer’s Market competition!
It’s a common sight to see the local chefs perusing the food wares, chatting with the farmers and planning their menus for the week. Or doing food demos and handing our samples…
I’m always happy to visit with Marty from RiverPure Soaps — she’s the sweet soap maker who hand-makes all our soaps for the B&B. My favorite scents are the Patchouli (for myself) and the Lavender Citrus for our guest rooms.
Don’s usually on the lookout for the best deals on produce, meats and cheese for our breakfasts each day. And he likes to watch the local musicians set up on each corner and play for the market-goers. Our personal favorite is a quirky, energetic band of four called the Farmer and the Markets.
Fragrant spices waft from a variety of food trucks, many relocating to the Square on Saturday mornings to take advantage of the farmer’s market traffic. Kind Kitchen has some great breakfast wraps and bowls – even vegan and gluten-free options are available.
(Related side note: Bentonville’s longest-standing and probably most notable food truck, Crepes Paulette, stays parked just up the block in its permanent spot on NE A Street across from the Lawrence Plaza Splash Park — where locals have no qualms about standing in line for an hour or more to enjoy one of their famous savory or sweet crepes.)
It’s also quite common to see dogs of every shape and size leading their people around by their leashes, noses exploring and tails wagging in happy greeting of all the sights and smells. You’re almost guaranteed to spot Twinkie there on a Saturday morning.
The anticipation is killing me! But it gives me something to look forward to and my guests a reason to come back. (Until then, maybe I’ll have time to pop down to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market, which opens at the beginning of April.)
Only a few weeks more to go. I can’t wait. See you there on April 23!