JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - When the warmer weather arrives we know that fresh garden vegetables are not far off. That means the Arkansas State University (ASU) Regional Farmers Market will soon be open for business.
Kim Pittcock, a board member for the farmers market said, "The whole aspect of a farmers market is to have local food, local producers or growers, providing to the local market, the local economy."
This will be the fourth year the market has been open and it continues to grow in popularity every year.
Pittcock said, "We expect the crowds to be just as large as they've been and larger. We've been promoting when our opening date, which is May 15 and everybody I've talked is like oh we're so happy.
One reason for the growth may be the economy, but another is home-grown fruits and veggies just taste better.
"Being locally grown, getting the produces from here instead of being trucked in from California or flown in from Brazil. It's right here in our own back yard and so more people were taking advantage of that," said Pittcock.
The number of people that come to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables is not the only thing growing. When the market first opened four years ago there were only four vendors. Now they have more than 25.
"We're looking for more vendors all the time to expand our base because many times we will sell out," said Pittcock.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor it's pretty easy to get started.
Pittcock said, "If you just want to show up about 30 to 45 minutes before we open and come on in that day, that's all you have to do."