Department of Agriculture
Supporting Arkansas farmers and ranchers while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of Arkansas, the nation, and across the globe
Farmers Market Programs
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) and Farm Credit are please to partner again for the fifth annual Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Arkansas Farmers Market Bag Program. These programs, which are administered by the Department and funded by Farm Credit, help build awareness of farmers market locations and offerings.
Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Grant
Farmers Market Promotion Grant may fund the following promotional items to build community and regional awareness for a specific farmers market: signage listing names, seasons, times of operation, and location details; local advertising including print, radio, and television media projects; and social media campaigns. In 2019, the Department provided $9,000 in grants to 24 Arkansas Farmers Markets through the partnership with Farm Credit.
The program will provide cost share assistance for 75% up to $400.
Please do not forget to attach all the required criteria to the application:
- A detailed explanation of the proposed use of the funds
- An itemized budget identifying other funding sources
- A copy of the proposed promotion or signage - all proposed signage MUST include Farm Credit and Arkansas Department of Agriculture logo; to request digital copies, contact Karen Reynolds.
Applications are available mid-January to early March.
or mail to:
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Attn: Karen Reynolds
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Farmers Market Bags
As an added offering at local Farmers Markets, the Department has designed reusable paper shopping bags for purchase by farmers markets or vendors at greatly reduced rates. This allows farmers markets or vendors to provide convenient shopping bags for consumers. In 2019, the Department provided more than 17,500 shipping bags to Arkansas farmer markets.
The Department and Farm Credit are also partnering to provide Farmers Market Bags. Farmers Market Bags can be ordered throughout the year.
A minimum purchase of 250 bags is required.
Once determined to be good standing, the market manager will be contacted about bag retrieval.
Markets are responsible for bag pick-up unless the Market Manager chooses to incur the cost of shipping.
To Order Farmers Market Bags:
Please fill out the Order Form and mail with a check to the address on the form.