The Conway Farmers Market is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day Saturday with a festival celebration of free hot dogs and lemonade, face painting and balloons and specials from more than 25 local vendors.
"The Conway Farmers Market has been around for 40 years and started Customer Appreciation Day as a way to give back to our customers and to say thank you," said Phyllis Strack, Conway Farmers Market promotions chair and grower with Strack Farm.
The morning will kick off with free coffee from the Street Fare food truck and live music from the Shade Tree Jammers.
Street Fare will switch coffee for lemonade and start giving out free hot dogs at about 9:30 a.m.
Free face painting and balloons will also be available for the kids.
For amateur gardeners, the Faulkner County Master Gardeners will be available to answer any questions about growing problems.
Some vendors will have different kinds of specials at their booth and treats for the children like candy, stickers and bubbles.
"It gives children something to do in the summer," Strack said.
H & R Farm will be selling pecan pies, banana nut bread, cookies and lemon loaves. They will also have their usual wide range of vegetables.
"Maria will have free samples of her pickles and she’s making a special trail mix for Customer Appreciation Day," Strack said.
Strack Farm will also be having a few specials on some of their vegetables.
Customers can expect homegrown tomatoes, black berries, blue berries, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, green beans and possibly some early corn, Strack said.
The market also offers grain-fed beef, pork and farm-fresh eggs as well as homemade crafts.
In a few weeks customers can look forward to fresh okra, peaches and peas.
Market goers are welcome to ask farmers about their meats and produce, Strack said.
"You’d be surprised how many customers go to see people’s farms," she said.
For those looking to stock up on fresh, local meats and produce for July 4 weekend, the Conway Farmers Market will be open on Tuesday, Strack said.
It will also be open during the holiday weekend next Saturday, July 5.
The Conway Farmers Market is located in front of Antioch Baptist Church at 150 Amity Road each Tuesday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to noon.
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