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Expanded Farmer’s Market opens June 14

An expanded Farmer’s Market in Paris will open on Saturday, June 14 on Express Street in front of the western side of the Logan County Courthouse.

According to Liz Preston, who is coordinating the event, it will feature more vendors and entertainment.

“Eight to ten vendors are scheduled to show up and eventually, we want to grow so that it circles the courthouse,” Preston said.

There will be vendors located on Courthouse Square each Saturday, but the big event will be held on the second Saturday of the month, Preston said. The event is being called Saturday Squared. Early bird sales will be held from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. and the Farmer’s Market will be open from 8 a.m. until noon.

Preston said the market has already joined the Arkansas Farmer’s Market Association and is accepting vendors who only offer Arkansas grown products.

In addition to food, the Saturday Squared event will also featured artists, egg vendors and vendors offering home made baked items, Preston said. Entertainment on June 14 will be provided by the Forbis Family of Paris.

The idea for expansion of the Farmer’s Market came from the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce’s Merchant’s Association. Members of the group approached Preston to handle the event. Preston and her husband Mike operate Prestonrose Farms, a Certified Organic Farm located on St. Louis Valley Road, east of Subiaco. She also participates in a Farmer’s Market held in Russellville.

Karey Sparks, a member of the Merchant’s Association, said the organization is planning for the Farmer’s Market to grow.

“We’re going to keep bringing in vendors,” she said, “or anything else the community wants to see.”

Sparks also said that as long as there is produce or other items to sell, the market will be open.

“This is a good way for the people of the area to get good food, locally grown and support out local farmers and craft makers,” she said.

Preston has also set up a Facebook page for the market. It’s called Paris Arkansas Farmer’s Market.

Those wanting to participate are asked to contact Preston by calling 847-5174.