Arkansas Department of Human Services

06/20/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/21/2024 02:30

Blue Umbrella Farmers Market to Feature Produce & Crafts from Human Development Centers

What: The Blue Umbrella Farmers Market

When: Friday, June 21, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 1 pm

Where: Corner of 7th and Main St. in downtown Little Rock

More Details: Residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live at the Arkansas Department of Human Services' five Human Development Centers (HDCs) will sell produce, plants, crafts, and more this Friday at the annual Blue Umbrella Farmers Market.

Some residents from the state's five HDCs tend on-site gardens and harvest produce and plants to be sold at the market, and others create handmade crafts that are available to buy as gifts. The event is open to the public.

"The Blue Umbrella Farmers Market is a highly anticipated annual event that gives us the opportunity to support our beneficiaries with special needs," said Jennifer Brezée, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS). "It allows us to celebrate their achievements and promote a sense of independence and purpose in their lives."

The market is an extension of The Blue Umbrella, a unique gift shop inside the DHS Central Office building that embraces inclusion for all. Items sold in the store are also handmade by individuals across Arkansas with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Hamburger and hot dog combo plates will be available at the market with a suggested donation of $6-$12. All burger and hot dog proceeds will be donated to the HDC Resident Holiday Gift Fund.

Learn more about The Blue Umbrella here: https://www.blueumbrellaar.org/