Vilonia welcomes homegrown market

The Vilonia Handmade & Homegrown Market is celebrating its grand opening.

The Market will host a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 23. Fresh coffee, homemade biscuits and jams and jellies will be provided by vendors.

On the following Saturday, the market will have a family fun theme. The Vilonia Fire Department will have a firetruck on display for the children and face painting.

The Market will be open 7 a.m. until noon on Thursday and 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The season will run through Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Market is in the Vilonia First United Methodist Church parking lot. Vendors from local areas will showcase various specialties such as fresh fruits, vegetables, jellies, jams, flowers, plants, eggs, meat, poultry, jewelry, arts and crafts. Individuals are encouraged to join in the celebration of Arkansas’ bounty.

The market in a visible representation of the resilience and hope of the community.

The Vilonia Farmers Market was one of the topics of importance named by those who attended the Rebuild Vilonia meetings after the 2014 tornado. The Market will be located at the Methodist church for the 2016 season. Organizers hope to build a permanent, covered structure that can be used for multiple purposes when the market is not open.