Little Rock and Central Arkansas Farmer’s Markets and Local Eating

Since Arkansas is an agricultural state, we have plenty of opportunities to eat locally. Even in the big city of Little Rock, there are opportunities to support local agriculture.

Farmer’s Markets

The Argenta Farmer’s Market
****Temporarily closed in 2018****
The Argenta Farmer’s Market is a “source verified” market. All vendors have been inspected to verify that they are the source of the product they are selling. Nothing outside of Arkansas can be sold at the market. It’s the easiest way to be assured you are buying local food.

The market is open Saturday in April thru September in downtown North Little Rock’s Argenta district on Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where to go: The Argenta district is located in downtown North Little Rock, not far from Verizon Arena. The Farmer’s Market is at 6th and Main Streets. (Map)

Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market
Any Arkansas farmer or gardener is welcome to sell what they raise and produce. Farmers, gardeners and growers can rent a 10 ft. by 10 ft. space at the market for $10 each Sunday. Local artists, musicians and food providers also can rent space at the Farmers’ Market. It’s one of the most fun farmer’s markets in the city.

The Bernice Garden is open from April until Mid November every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine.

Where to go: The market is located at 1401 South Main Street, in downtown Little Rock, near The Root Cafe.

River Market Farmer’s Market
Located in the Little Rock Farmer’s Market, there is no requirement to be locally grown to have a booth here. Many local farmers do display their goods at this market and those vendors normally display the “Arkansas Grown” logo. This market normally has a larger variety than the others.

The River Market Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays from early May until late September from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Directions: The market is located in the open-air pavilions behind the River Market building in downtown Little Rock.

Hillcrest Farmers Market
This is another all local market that has locally-grown vegetables, fruit, cheese, flowers, pasture-raised meat, poultry and dairy, eggs, and locally produced jams, jellies, bread and candy.

Hillcrest Farmers Market now operates Sundays year-round. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They utilize the building when it’s really cold.

Where to go:  Located in the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church parking lot (2200 Kavanaugh)

Other, less expansive, markets-
Maumelle has a small farmer’s market at 449 Millwood Circle, in a parking lot.  The Arkansas Home Grown Market is a seasonal market that operates three days a week from April to October, in a different location each day.  There’s also an online version of a locally grown market.

Restaurants Serving Local Foods
There are some restaurants that strive to use local foods whenever possible. A few of them are listed below. If you know of a restaurant that uses local foods for most of their menu choices, email me and let me know.

Some of these are pretty pricey, but a few of them are bargains.

Local Meats & Dairy
Most from grass fed animals. Some are certified-organic, but some small farms cannot afford to be certified, but still raise their animals organically.

Local Grains

  • War Eagle Mill – Organic grains ground locally on water-powered stone buhr mill.

Local Produce and Orchards

Local Food Festivals

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