Conway Farmers Market Prepared for 2023 Season

The Conway Farmers Market will officially open its 2023 season on Saturday, April 22, at Antioch Baptist Church, located at 150 Amity Road in Conway. It will be open every Saturday through Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. until noon. The market has approved the applications of 29 vendors, including seven first-time vendors, and is still seeking vendors for the season. 

Vegetable and fruit farmers are invited to a Vendor Interest Meeting on Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. at the Faulkner County Extension office, located at 844 Faulkner Street in Conway. Attendees will hear a brief history of the market, meet the board of directors, learn about state laws for vendors, and discuss the market’s rules and regulations. Those interested in participating in the 2023 market are welcome to apply on-site at the meeting or online at The market strives to maintain a 60/40 split between farmers and crafters, with 60% being farmers. With more farmers participating, the market can accommodate additional crafters.  

“The board is thrilled to see so many returning vendors from the 2022 season, plus many wonderful additions to our lineup,” said Maria Barabotta, board chair and owner of Maria’s Homemade Country Fare. “We are all working hard to make this season the best in our 60-plus year history.”  

Returning vendors include the following:  

Arkansas Freeze 
Backwoods Plants 
Barbie Clothes etc. by Marsha 
Barham’s Ozark Beef 
Bead Lady 
Beyond Eden 
Briar Patch Farm 
Cloud of Sawdust Farms 
David Wilson 
Designs by Jimmie 
Flying C Ranch/Clark’s Pecan Grove 
Harley and Charlie LLC 
Maria’s Homemade Country Fare 
Nana & Papa’s Produce LLC 
Olles Farms 
Shelby Wood Shop 
Skip’s Wood Artistry 
Sonny’s Honey 
The Grey Crow 
The Riley Homestead LLC 
Wooster Garden 
Lori’s Home Bakery & Handicrafts 

Although the application process is ongoing until mid-March, the board has approved the new vendors listed below: 

Cuisine de Cathy 
DolceLuna Bakery 
Love Growin Up 
Shelby Wood Shop 
Porch Swing Farms, LLC 
E+H Heritage Farm, LLC 
Forge & Fuse Permanent Jewelry 

Corporate Partners Announced

The Corporate Partner program is a sponsorship program that provides funding for the Conway Farmers Market. The program has already had a major impact on the vendors with many of them reporting record revenue last season thanks to the additional advertising. The market is expanding the program to make it feasible for large and small companies alike to participate.  

Centennial Bank, Conway Corporation, and the Conway A&P Commission have all committed as Corporate Partners for the 2023 season. The market expects to announce additional partners prior to opening day.  

If you company or foundation is interested in becoming a Corporate Partners of the Conway Farmers Market, please contact Ed Linck at 501-733-4801 or

Ed Linck Named Executive Director, Search Continues for Market Manager

The Conway Farmers Market board of directors has named Ed Linck as the executive director of the market. Linck has been a vendor at the market since 2021 through his business, Barham’s Ozark Beef. He joined the board of directors in late 2021 to help with marketing and public relations. Linck brings to the organization his nonprofit management experience from previous positions at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, Irvine Chamber of Commerce in California, and Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving on the board of the Conway Noon Rotary Club, where he is a past president.  

“The opportunity to serve an organization that has been serving our community for over 60 years was one I couldn’t pass,” Linck said. “When you see the interactions between our vendors and customers, you quickly realize why the success of this market is so important for Conway.” Linck began the new position in January 2023.  

The Conway Farmers Market is searching for a new market manager, a part-time position. The market manager is key to managing the vendors each Saturday morning. They also interact with customers to ensure they have a positive experience. Although some of their responsibilities take place during the week, Saturday mornings at the market are where they will spend most of their time. Those interested in learning more about the position can contact Linck at