Since Arkansas is an agricultural state, we have plenty of opportunities to eat locally or, as they say, become a locavore. Even in the big city of Little Rock, there are opportunities to support local agriculture.
- Certified Arkansas Farmer's Market (CAFM) -
The Certified Arkansas Farmer's Market (CAFM) 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 of local food.
The market is open from Saturday, April thru September in downtown North Little Rock's Argenta district on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For the off season, they have an online version of the market and also the basket-a-month program (see below). The online version gets bigger every year.
- Bernice Garden Farmer's Market -
Located at 1401 South Main Street, the Bernice Garden is open from April 14 until Mid November 2013 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine. It's open to Arkansas farmers and local artists. It's one of the most fun farmer's markets in the city.
- 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 CAFM.
Open every Tuesday and Saturday, May thru October from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- Hillcrest Farmers Market -
In the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church parking lot(2200 Kavanaugh). All locally produced items, From May through September, 7 a.m. until noon. They have special events on Sundays starting as early as March.
- Other, less expansive, markets: Maumelle has a small farmer's market at 449 Millwood Circle, in a parking lot. The "Arkansas Home Grown Market" can be found on 8700 N. Rodney Parham in the church parking lot. The YWCA at 1200 S Cleveland sometimes has a small produce market too. They generally tend to open up around April, like the bigger Farmer's Markets.
- Review Local Farmer's Markets and Vendors
Located at 521 North Main Street, the Argenta Market features a mix of locally grown foods and pantry staples. They support local growers whenever possible, and have some prepared foods for purchase too. Restaurants Serving Local Foods
There are some restaurants that strive to use local foods whenever possible. A few 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.
- Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel
111 W Markham St
- Boulevard Bread
400 President Clinton Ave.
- Brave New Restaurant
2300 Cottondale Ln # 105
- Lilly's Dim Sum, Then Some
11121 N Rodney Parham Rd
8201 Cantrell Road
- Forty Two
Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave.
- Red Door
3701 Old Cantrell Rd
- Starving Artist
411 Main St. (Argenta Arts District, Downtown North Little Rock)
- The Root Cafe
1500 Main St
- ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood-Oven Pizza Co.
5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. (behind the Heights Theater)
- Big Orange
17809 Chenal Parkway
Most from grass fed animals. Some are certified-organic, but some small farms cannot afford to be certified, but still raise their animals organically.
- Petit Jean Farms (meats)
- Adama Farms (meats)
- Armstrong Beefalo Farm (beefalo)
- Waterfall Hollow Farm (beef)
- Ratchford Exotic Meats (buffalo/elk)
- Greener Pastures (beef)
- Ozark Pasture Beef (beef)
- Daley Dairy (cheeses)
- War Eagle Mill - Organic grains ground locally on water-powered stone buhr mill.
- Williams Berry Farm (berries)
- Suzanne's Fruit Farm (fruit trees, berries)
- Mountain Home Berry Farm (berries, asparagus, radishes, lettuce, onions)
- Cox Berry Farm (apples, peaches, berries)
- Williams Berry Farm (berries)
- Drewry Farm and Market (orchards and vegetables)
- Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival - Warren, AR - Normally in June
- Purple Hull Pea Festival - Emerson, AR - Normally in June
- Hope Watermelon Festival - Hope, AR - Normally in August
- Arkansas Apple Festival - Lincoln, AR - Normally in October
- Arkansas Rice Rice Festival - Weiner, AR - Normally in October
- Grand Prairie Rice Festival - Hazen, AR - Normally in October
- Strawberry Festival - Cabot, AR - Normally in April
- Grape Fest - Altus, AR. Normally in July.
- Spinach Fest - Alma, AR - Normally in April
- Johnson County Peach Festival - Clarksville - Normally in June