Farmers Market the Place to be Saturday Morning

July 1, 2006 -- Posted at 1:46 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Arkansas State University Farmers Market opened its' doors for the second time Saturday morning to a crowd of eager shoppers.

Many were out buying what they need for their 4th of July picnics, while others were simply taking advantage of the good deals.

"There were people here at opening at 7 o'clock, waiting to get in.  There's been a steady flow in and out ever since," said farmers market manager Bill Shannon.

Multiple booths make up the farmers market, giving farmers a place to sell their goods.

"We have okra, green beans, and squash... just all kinds of vegetables," said farmers market vendor Jerry Daugherty.

Jill Forrester has a flower farm in Witton, Arkansas.  The farmers market gives Forrester the venue to sell her product.

"We were just looking for a place to sell our stuff, and this looks like a great opportunity to do so," said Forrester.

"It's a great benefit to local farmers.  This puts them in touch with the general public, and gives them an excellent market for their product," said Shannon.

For many customers, the farmers market is the perfect place to get the produce they need.

"I was very excited and happy that they're having the produce this year, and it looks like it's off to a good start," said customer Patricia Nichols.

And to get the best stuff... you have to arrive early.

"Customers need to get here at 7 or 8 o'clock, or stuff's going to be gone," said Forrester.

The farmers market will be open every Saturday morning through this fall.  Booths are rented out weekly by vendors.