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What to Expect at the Farmers Market in 2019

Spring is just around the corner, and with it will come patio weather, outdoor gatherings and, of course, the farmers market—crisp mornings spent browsing stalls and chatting with growers, rediscovering old favorites and finding new items to look forward to.

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Flowers
One of the most exciting sights at the market is stalls exploding with cut flowers. And this year, look for edible additions that will add some visual excitement to your plates.

Mushrooms
White button mushrooms are great and all, but your mushroom game can be improved. Look for Lion’s Mane, shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Microgreens
Microgreens have been rising in popularity over the last few years. These are best enjoyed in the still-cool spring, before it gets too warm. Enjoy as a salad, on a sandwich or cooked into an omelet. 

Meat
Remember when items requiring cold storage couldn’t be found at the market? Times have changed. Come to the market for beef, chicken, pork and lamb from local farms.

Coffee
It seems a new coffee roaster comes along at least every few months—and Arkansas is the better for it. Look forward to a few newcomers along with the faces you’ve come to expect.

Other Homemade and Homegrown Goods
Remember, the market isn’t just fruits, vegetables and meat. Pick up your week’s supply of bread, honey and dog treats, along with hand-carved signs and more.