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May 09 10:45 AM

Benton Farmers’ Market to open inaugural season this summer

The Benton Farmers’ Market, a Sundayonly outdoor market, will open its inaugural season on Sunday, June 1, from 12:30-5 p.m.

The market will be held each Sunday afternoon through July 27 at 495 Simpson St. off Highway 3 in downtown Benton, La.

The outdoor farmers’ market will take place rain or shine, except in the event of a major storm producing flooding and/or lightning.

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, and additional vendors are currently being sought.

Farmers, gardeners and producers who would like to sell homegrown produce or homemade products from Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and northeastern Texas are encouraged to apply.

The market’s mission is to provide a viable, community-based market for the sale of highquality, locally grown produce; to promote gardening, farming and the production of food items and agricultural goods; and to promote healthy lifestyles.

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.

For more information, contact the market manager at bentonlafarmersmarket@gmail. com or by calling 584-5977.

Information is also available at www.benton lafarmersmarket.com.

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