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ABOUT US

The Hot Springs Farmers and Artisans Market is a haven for many who gather, visit, sip coffee, and savor the live local music on Saturday mornings while shopping for their weekly produce, meats, eggs and fresh baked goods. The Market also has vendors that offers fresh herbs, plants, flowers, desserts, local honey, jams, jellies, spreads and so much more!

Along with all of the amazing foods and plants, the Farmers and Artisans Market provides space for makers of all kinds. Crafters and artisans have a wide array of talent including original art, jewelry, crafts, hand-crafted wood products, clothing, kitchen goods, soaps, tinctures - just about anything you can think of made right around Hot Springs, Arkansas!

OUR STORY

In the mid-1970s a few seed customers from Spurlin's Garden Center decided to meet weekly at an old train platform and sell their produce to augment their income. From its inception, the founders developed strong operating principles that continue to guide today.  As many of the farmers got on in years, the Market eventually waned until its rebirth in the 1990s.

In 1995, the Market was re-established in city-owned space under a bank of trees near a historic train depot. It became a mainstay for many Hot Springs natives and a special attraction for visitors. In 2006, Hot Springs was the recipient of a $52,918 USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant which began the planning of a permanent, open-air pavilion as a home for the Market. Leveraging a state grant and local donations, the City of Hot Springs and Friends of the Farmers Market broke ground on the open air pavilion in March 2009 and opened for activity in May 2010.

Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market
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Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market

OUR MISSION

Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Inc. enables a healthy community by providing access to sustainable, local agricultural products.
 

  • Provide access to healthy, nutritious locally grown food

  • Create an opportunity for economic development

  • Be a learning hub about local agriculture and sustainable living

  • Foster personal relationships between consumers and local food producers

  • Become a community experience, inclusive and vibrant

  • Enhance and promote Hot Springs' unique Arts and Entertainment culture

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OUR OPERATING MODEL

Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation. We are an all-volunteer organization, with no payroll, and have been designated a Community Resource Program (CRP). We welcome and encourage nonprofit, charitable, and other organizations or agencies to participate in the market by providing information booths, and educational and fundraising activities during our vibrant market sessions.

Like any business, we have revenue and expenses. Our revenue sources are:

  • Vendor space rental fees during market hours

  • Direct Donations

  • Fundraising Events

 

Our expenses are:

  • Advertising and promotion

  • Fundraising expenses

  • Administrative overhead expenses

 

Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Inc. is a 501(c)4 nonprofit corporation in the state of Arkansas. Your donations are not tax deductible.

Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market

Many thanks to our volunteers, members, sponsors and vendors! We couldn’t do it without you!

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Hot Springs National Park Arkansas
Garland County Library
Levi Hospital
Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
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OUR BOARD

Tedra Lind Duck, President
Bonnie Fiedler, Vice President
Tod Finn, Treasurer

Melony Martinez
Michelle Tschetter

Meagan Krone-Criss
Violet Shirley