Posted on July 17, 2016
Article by Camille J.
Photo by David Lear
Little Rock, Arkansas–The Watermelon Festival at The Bernice Garden on South Main in Little Rock today drew watermelon competitors, seed spitters and many others interested in taking home locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and other baked, brewed and home-produced goods.
The 28 venders today ranged from those who have participated just this year to those who have grown produce all their lives. One farmer, an entrepreneur in a full-time public profession, said that farming has become a full-time hobby that, for him, is therapeutic. For the public, that means the opportunity to buy healthy, home-grown foods from him and the many other farmers who offer their edibles at The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market.
Some of the more unique items included rice packages by April’s Family Kitchen comprised of rice that is grown in Stuttgart, then washed and mixed into a package that is ready to be cooked. Molly Gallaher, Pup Eats Dog Treats owner and one of the original venders at The Bernice Garden, brought a variety of dog treats. Kent Walker Artisan Cheese provided several types of cheese made from milk originating in Beebe and processed in Little Rock. Electric Ghost demonstrated print screening on-site as they printed special edition Watermelon Festival t-shirts for festival-goers.
Erica Christensen, The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market Manager, stated that this is the 6th year of the farmers market, and this year’s watermelon festival attracted between 500 to 700 people. When asked what she likes best about the farmers market, Christensen replied, “supporting local farmers and building community in the neighborhood.” According to Christensen, The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday from 10:00 – 2:00 during April – November. For more photos from this event CLICK HERE
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