I Spent Saturday Morning Exploring the Bentonville Farmers Market

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It was Saturday morning and I was ready to finally hit the Bentonville Farmers Market.  I’m ashamed to say that I had yet to explore the Farmers Market after living here already 5 months, but I am so glad I finally made it!

It has been pretty hot lately, so I decided to get up early and get to the Farmers Market before the heat of the day set in.  I grabbed a few shopping bags and headed out.  When I got there I was pleasantly surprised.  The entire Bentonville square was transformed.  There were booths lining the exterior of the square and some along the street.  There were booths “in” the square as well as bands and activities for kids and families.  I grabbed some info at the information booth and a map before shopping and learned that some of the vegetable and fruit vendors do not use pesticides and that all I had to do was ask and they would let me know.

The flowers were so fresh and vibrant!  They had a few vendors selling flowers, but this one was my favorite!  You could pick what you liked and they would make a beautiful arrangement to liven up any space!


I loved how this farmer filled up the back of his pickup and just backed right up to sell his corn!  People were lining up to buy and I’m guessing with the 4th coming up quick, it was for their backyard barbecue’s!


This booth had me at cheese!  So many varieties to choose from!  I picked up some feta that I intend on using on a Greek salad with the purple onions I picked up and pepper jack that I used on some grilled burgers that night.  Delish!

I also picked up green onions, small potatoes, a key lime chess pie, peaches, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeño goat cheese that I used in an omelet this morning and garlic and herb goat cheese (to die for) and some purple hull peas.

The local yoga studio, Yoga Story, was doing their morning yoga right there on the grass.  I’ve decided I need to check out their classes… they are located right in the square across from my office…there are no excuses!

Before we headed out we shelled our peas in in the pea shelling machine.  It was something I didn’t even know existed, so that was a treat!

That night for dinner we ate burgers with the pepper jack cheese and grilled purple onions we purchased at the Farmers Market.  Our side was potato salad made with the small purple and gold potatoes and purple onion.  Everything was so good!

Purple Potato Salad Recipe

Purple onion
Small purple and gold potatoes
Olive Oil Mayo
Salt and Pepper to taste

I didn’t measure anything, so you’ll just need to figure out how many people you are feeding and wing it:-)  I boiled the potatoes for 25 minutes. Cut them up into bite sized pieces and then added the mayo and chopped purple onion.  A added a lot of pepper and sea salt.  Best and easiest potato salad ever and boy was it pretty!

If you get a chance to visit the Bentonville Farmers Market, which I suggest you do, you will not be disappointed! You can see all of the photos I took in my Google + album (here).

You can follow them on Facebook (here), Twitter (here) and (here), check out their blog (here) and follow them on Pinterest (here).

There are also in the running for best Farmers Market… vote (here).  I did!

Disclosure:  This shop was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and the Bentonville Farmers Market.  They gave me some money to purchase some items, but to be honest I ended up at the ATM twice because I found so much to buy!  All opinions are mine and are honest.

 

 

Comments

  1. Love your photos! That first photo of all the veggies makes me very hungry. I love going to the Farmer’s Market too…. so many good things. I had no idea there was even such a thing as a pea shelling machine. Definitely need to find one of those.

  2. I love farmers market, try to get out to Minneapolis a couple times a month. I never knew there was a pea shelling machine either LOL. Loving the pictures of all the fresh fruit and vegetables! The yoga class is quite inspirational!

  3. Love this Courtney… just seeing your photos and reading the post I want to be able to go to this Farmers Market. They have one here in Huntington, but only on the weekends and not nearly as visually pleasing. My brother lives in Amherst, MA and there are awesome venues there and farm coops you can be a part of too. Thanks for sharing… has started my day with a big smile :-)

  4. I am really missing out by not going there! But I will!!!!

  5. So glad you went! I love how each week is an adventure to see what is available. then, we can create recipes based on our finds. Your recipe sounds delicious!

  6. Yum! Looks like you have found a reason to get up bright and early on Saturday. I would suggest eating before you go so you don’t buy the whole market, but if it is like mine… there are tasty things to nibble on the whole time.

    Half of the fun is seeing how the inventory changes as the season does. I also look forward to the fall squash, apples and treats like fresh pressed apple cider. As a family farm wife I am excited to see people discover and enjoy their local growers and food. Enjoy!

  7. I had no idea a pea shelling machine existed either! Thanks for the tour of your beautiful farmers market. I love how lively and welcoming it feels.

  8. Beautiful pictures. I love the cheese stand, I am going to look for on at our farmer’s market next week!

  9. I love that the peas were so hands on and that there was a guy pushing his dog in a stroller. :)

  10. What a beautiful Farmer’s Market you have. I love the yoga class taking place under a tree! Your potato salad looks yummy. I’ve never tried the purple potatoes.

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