2020 Bella Vista Farmers Market Canceled
The Bella Vista Advertising and Promotions (A&P) Commission announced a joint decision with the City of Bella Vista to cancel the 2020 season of the farmers market.
“While the Farmers Market provides a valuable community service, the health and safety of the public takes precedence when facing the risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic. So through consultation with Mayor Peter Christie and unanimous vote of the A&P Commission, a decision was made to not open the market this year,” says City Councilman Doug Fowler, Chair of the Bella Vista A&P. As well as the health concern, Cooper Communities announced their intent to demolish the abandoned movie theater. This would have also adversely impacted the Market - the dust, demolition equipment and the need to relocate the Market with no access to electricity, which is required by food trucks and vendors.
The City and the A&P explored several options for moving forward with the market, including curbside and delivery; however, none of the options provided adequate supply chain controls to guarantee the safety of the public and the vendors.The next iteration of the Farmers Market will be explored in 2021 after the COVID-19 crisis has passed and public services and public events return to normal operations.