After a year’s hiatus, the Paragould Farmers Market will open May 8.
The Paragould City Council this week adopted a resolution at its April 12 meeting to allow the Farmers’ Market Steering Committee to close the 100 West block of Emerson Street and (as needed) the 100 South block of Pruett Street in downtown Paragould to facilitate the setup of vendor booths.
Typically, the Paragould Farmers’ Market is open each Saturday from the first Saturday in May to the middle of October. As adopted in the resolution, the streets will be closed May 1 to Oct. 16. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon, or earlier should stocks of goods be exhausted.
“We will actually open May 8,” said Main Street Paragould Assistant Executive Director Miranda Reynolds. Although there were plans to hold the Market last year, none came to fruition. “We had to skip last year because of the pandemic,” she said.
The Farmers’ Market is expected to feature locally grown produce, baked goods, jellies, honey, sorghum, fried cheesecakes, and even frozen meats. It also typically has vendors offering crafts, hand soaps and other soaps, woodworking, decals and vinyl cutouts.
Those wishing to participate in the Farmers’ Market can pick up an application for a 10-foot square booth from the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce, 300 W. Court St. (the old Greene County Courthouse). “Or they can email a request for an application to us here,” said Jessica Hill of the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce. The email address to request an application for a booth is email@example.com.
Hill said there is no deadline to apply for an application, and that vendors can, in effect, schedule their days of participation. “You don’t have to go for the whole time the Market’s open,” she said.
Hill said the fee for a booth is 10 percent of gross sales, up to a maximum of $200.
“The vendors pay at the end of the day,” she said.