The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, April 2

Daylight savings time is here. The leaves are starting to emerge from the trees. We’ve seen at least a few patches of green grass sprouting out of the ground.

Know what those things mean? It’s almost Farmers’ Market time.

Market manager Peggy Maringer last week announced that the 38th annual Fayetteville Farmers’ Market will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2 and will include a ceremony to honor long-time vendors Marcella Thompson and Vivian London.

The opening celebration will also feature giant puppets, musicians, and an address by Mayor Lioneld Jordan.

This year’s market will include over 60 vendors, selling locally-grown flowers, produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, plants, as well as local arts and crafts.

Maringer said that beginning this year, SNAP/EBT (food stamp) recipients will be able to use their benefits at the market, thanks to a grant program provided by the USDA.

The Downtown Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is held on the Fayetteville Square on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The market at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) , as well as the evening market in the Mill District (Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.) will open in May.