Chester Farmer’s Market pavilion has a newly completed concrete floor thanks to a $1,000 Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas matching grant and community fundraisers.
Money raised from the Boston Mountain Homesteading courses, Funky Junk sales and community dinners went to match the grant to pay for the finished concrete pavilion floor, said market organizers Lynette Mikesell and Debbie Atwell.
Built on Front Street on the foundation of the former tomato cannery next to the train tracks, Chester Farmer’s Market is used for the market, swap meets, music gatherings and special events, Atwell said.
Construction began on the Chester Farmer’s Market Pavilion in January 2014.
It took two years of fundraisers and a $5,000 General Improvement Fund Grant from Western Arkansas Planning and Development District to begin the above-ground work, Mikesell said in a previous interview.
A concession stand and bathroom for the pavilion were completed in 2015.
A local family donated the old cannery foundation to the city for building the market pavilion.
With the old rock foundation, the open-air pavilion is meant to have “a rustic feel in keeping with the country style farmer’s market” held in Chester, Mikesell said.
Residents hope the market pavilion will become an icon that will help “keep Chester’s identity alive,” Mikesell said.
Chester holds its farmer’s market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon during the warmer months along with a poultry swap. The pavilion allows vendors to sell in the rain or shine, Mikesell said.