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Springdale Farmers Market welcomes weekend menu planners

Despite the ridiculous heat we've had this summer, vendors at the Springdale Farmers Market have faithfully availed fresh goods to shoppers stocking up for the weekend - without the crush of Saturday morning markets elsewhere. About 20 vendors (listed below) line the roadside location each Thursday afternoon from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. The market opened is second season in June 2010 and will run through October.

The market is easy to find, just south of I-275 at Springfield Pike (Route 4) and Kemper Road in the Springdale Plaza parking lot. You'll be greeted by an overhead banner if traveling south from the expressway, and the white vendor tents along the roadside can't be missed. Because the market is located in a strip plaza, there's plenty of parking, and it's close enough to readily bring several bagloads back to the car. There's a UDF next door if you need to make an ATM cash withdrawal.

Riley's Restaurant has a permanent location in the plaza, but hosts a market tent and serves drinks and grilled snack foods. Even if you're not buying any produce or pies, food (and really good food) that can be eaten on-the-spot is a welcome feature at a farmer's market of any size.

The market is sponsored by the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. Judy Matheny, Executive Director of the chamber, said the market has been especially appreciated by the community since the City of Springdale does not have its own supermarket.

If you can only hit one weekday farmer's market as you hustle home from work, I recommend the Springdale Farmers Market for an unusually nice variety and high-quality vendors in a compact, easy-in-easy-out location.

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Springdale Farmer's Market Vendors 2010

  1. Strikes' Family Orchard (produce)
  2. Don Popp Honey (honey and honey sticks)
  3. Bright Soap Works (soaps)
  4. Cherry Orchard Foods (dips, pork rinds)
  5. Prairie Winds Farms (produce, greeting cards)
  6. Browns' Market (produce, trail mixes)
  7. Hubs Rubs (breads, jellies)
  8. Walther Farms (produce)
  9. Mama Hamptons (pickles, corn hole sets)
  10. Sandra Kay's Homestyle Sauces (barbeque sauces and baked goods)
  11. Miller's Amish Bakery (baked goods and pies)
  12. Riley's Restaurant (burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and grilled corn)
  13. Wake Up Your Butter (honey, maple, and cinnamon sugar butters)
  14. Salatin's Orchard (produce)
  15. Burwinkel's Farm (produce)
  16. Weber Works
  17. It Spells Good (caramel corn)
  18. Adopt-a-Plant
  19. Tee-Dee's Sweeties

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