Farmers Market to host music

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fundraisers, cooking shows also planned for the year

The Farmers Market started in 1976, but it has some fresh ideas for 2014.

In addition to selling local goods the market will be hosting live music and fundraising events throughout the year.

In late May, a market will also begin on Tuesdays at the park from 7-11 a.m., featuring fresh produce.

"All the produce is local, it doesn't have to travel miles to get here," said Steven Burcham, president of the Farmers Market.

Burcham said that they wanted to start adding events to the market as a way for it to help the community.

Throughout the year, the events will show new ways to cook what is in season, and the market is most excited about the upcoming Horticulture Fair in the fall.

"We used to have fairs in Barry County, and we have a lot of agriculture and we need to showcase it," said Jay Reed, Farmers Market event planner.

People interested in being a vendor at the Farmers Market or getting more information may contact Burcham at 501-317-9065.

Events on the calendar include:

* May 17 -- There will be live music and a strawberry cooking demo where local chefs will compete against each other to see who makes the best use of strawberries. Money raised will go to the Barry County Library Summer Reading Program.

* June 21 -- There will be live music, and as tomato season begins, a tomato cooking demonstration will be held with local chefs showing what meals they can create from tomatoes. Money raised will go to Dr. Harms medical mission trip to Zimbabwe.

* July 19 -- There will be live music and a seasonal cooking demonstration, as many vegetables will be in season. Also, the GWFC Silver Leaf Benefit Club will be hosting the second annual Pie Contest and Auction to raise money for a 2015 scholarship for a Barry Country student.

* Aug. 16 -- There will be live music, a seasonal cooking demonstration, and the Inaugural Barry County Horticulture Fair fundraiser.

* Sept. 5-6 -- Live music and the Inaugural Barry County Horticulture Fair. Local produce and canned goods will be displayed in the courthouse to be judged and awarded. In addition, there will old fashion carnival games.

Plans are also in the works for open mic session for local musicians, hosting speakers and providing general gardening demonstrations through the season.

The Famers Market is open on the courthouse square every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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