Historic Downtown Farmers Market
About the Historic Downtown Farmers Market
Currently, several board positions are on the Historic Downtown Farmers Market (HDFM), which operates the Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market, are available.
If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a board member for the HDFM, contact Anthony Whittington at 501-321-6870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The vision of the market is to enable a healthy community by providing access to sustainable, local agricultural products.
The mission of the market is to provide access to healthy, nutritious locally grown food, create an opportunity for economic development, an educational place for local agriculture, and sustainable living. A key item for the market is to grow personal relationships between consumers and vendors while enhancing the locale involvement with inclusion and a vibrantly unique cultural experience.
The Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market operates year-round with 100% locally produced items. It offers two marketing seasons: Main Market, May through October, and Winter Market, November through April. During Main Market, the last Saturday of the month is Youth Market, where youth vendors can sell their homemade, handmade, and homegrown items without charge.
The Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market began in the mid-1970s as a way for individuals to augment their income. In 1995, the market was re-established in city-owned space as a mainstay for many Hot Springs natives and as a special attraction for visitors.
Get involved in the Historic Downtown Farmers Market!
The Historic Downtown Farmers Market is operated strictly by dedicated volunteers and is a 501(c)4 nonprofit corporation in Arkansas.
The HDFM Board of Directors consists of up to 13 directors that will manage all the business affairs, property, and interests of the market. Each director may serve two consecutive two-year terms with a two-year break before returning to the board, regardless of the duration of the previous term.
To be eligible to become a director, one must:
- be elected by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board of Directors
- not be a spouse or business partner of any director during their tenure and must have a one-year break between the term of the director and their spouse or business partner
The President of the Board of Directors shall name such committees necessary for the affairs of the market. Such committees may include persons not affiliated with the HDFM; however, the chairman of the committee must be a member of the Board of Directors.
Opportunities for volunteers include the following committees:
- Educational Workshop
- Market Set-Up/Break Down
- Volunteer Membership
As well as...
- Market Manager
- SNAP & Information Table (The market participates in both SNAP and WIC programming.)
- Youth Market Volunteer
If you support having access to local homegrown, homemade, and handmade products, consider joining.
The market offers great entertainment, arts and cultural activities, an abundance of outreach and education programs, in addition to programs supporting a healthy community.
To view more information about the Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market, visit their website at http://www.hotspringsfarmersmarket.com/.