The Hot Springs Farmers and Artisans Market is a gathering place for locals and tourists to visit, sip coffee, and savor live local music on Saturday mornings. Shoppers can purchase their weekly produce, meats, eggs and fresh baked goods. Our cheerful market vendors also offer seasonal homegrown fresh herbs, plants, flowers, local honey, jams, jellies, spreads and more.
Along with the homemade foods and homegrown plants for sale, the Farmers and Artisans Market provides space for talented local Hot Springs, Arkansas crafters and artisans to sell their original art, hand-crafted jewelry and wood products, homemade clothing, kitchen goods, soaps, tinctures and more.
In the mid-1970s a few seed customers from Spurlin’s Garden Center decided to meet weekly at the historic train platform to sell their produce and augment their income. As many of the founding farmers
retired, the Market waned until its rebirth in the 1990s.
In 1995, the Market was re-established in city-owned space under a bank of trees near the historictrain depot. It became a mainstay for many Hot Springs natives and a special attraction for visitors. In 2006, Hot Springs received a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant.
Leveraging a state grant and local donations, the City of Hot Springs and Friends of the Farmers Market broke ground on the permanent open-air pavilion in March 2009 and opened for public events in May 2010. Thanks to the community and vendor support, the Hot Springs Farmers Market continues to grow.
Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Inc. promotes a healthy community by providing access to sustainable, local agricultural products.
Our mission is to:
• Provide access to healthy, nutritious locally grown food
• Create an opportunity for economic development
• Offer a learning hub for local agriculture and sustainable living
• Foster personal relationships between consumers and local food producers
• Support and further an inclusive and vibrant community experience,
• Promote Hot Springs’ unique Arts and Entertainment culture
OUR OPERATING MODEL
The Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Inc. is a 501(c)4 non-profit corporation designated as a Community Resource Program (CRP) and managed by volunteers. We welcome and encourage nonprofit and charitable organizations to participate in the Market.
Like any business, we have revenue and expenses. Our revenue sources are:
• Vendor space rental fees during market hours
• Direct Donations
Our expenses are:
• Advertising and promotion
• Administrative overhead expenses
Thank you vendors for all your continued good cheer and many hours growing, making, and crafting the quality products you bring to sell at the Hot Springs Farmers Market.
We appreciate ourFarmer's Market patrons who support our local growers & artisans!
Tedra Lind Duck, President
Bonnie Fiedler, Vice President/Market Manager
Grace Ann Chastain, Treasurer
Susie Coppock, Secretary
Melony Martinez, Advertising Director
Michelle Tschetter, Website Director
Violet Shirley, Director
Meagan Krone, Director
Kimberly J. Lew, Director