The Murphy Arts District Farmers Market kicked off a day of family-friendly activities in El Dorado on Saturday, taking place from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the MAD Amphitheatre pavilion.
A number of Union County-based farmers and craftspeople set up booths and showed off their wares, leading into a Saturday filled with festivals and events throughout town.
The market’s first showing of the season proved popular; several vendors said they were nearly sold out by 10 a.m.
Vendors at the Farmers Market included Long’s Natural Farm, Senn Family Farm, P & L Farm, Sister Sister, Webster’s Woodworking and Creative Ideas, Erinaela, Perfect Little Farm, Second Season Soapery, Sweet Surprises by Mandie, the Old Grey Goose, Cates Cuts, Oh How Sweet Cotton Candy, McGees Bees and Dee’s Kitchen.
Dwayne and Karla Long said the booth for their business, Long’s Natural Farm, received a warm reception at the market.
Dwayne Long said the farm’s organic produce, including eggs, vegetables and pork, courtesy of their farm-raised Guinea hogs, sold well throughout the morning.
A few tables over, Erin and Warren Senn welcomed business at their table for Erinaela. The pair found heavy demand for their various baked goods and handcrafted items during the market. They plan to return, Warren Senn said, with a Compass Coffee cart added to their offerings.
The Union County Master Gardeners were also on hand at the Farmers Market to add a bit more green to the event with their annual Spring Sale.
The Farmers Market at MAD will continue through the summer with a rotating cast of vendors and craftspeople.