Farm fresh is pretty easy to do in Arkansas. In fact, lots of Arkansans grow their own produce in their back yards. If you don’t have the time or space to tend your own garden though, or if you don’t have a good friend who will let you abscond with bags of fresh produce, you’ll certainly be looking for a good place to buy those gorgeous Arkansas tomatoes this season. Look no further than these 12 awesome farmers markets, listed in no particular order.
1. Argenta Certified Arkansas Farmers Market (North Little Rock)
Shoppers here can find not only a plethora of gorgeous fresh vegetables, but live music and an artisan market. This market is held on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon, and is located at 7th & Main Street in North Little Rock.
2. Bernice Garden Farmers Market (Little Rock)
Open Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (rain or shine), the Bernice Garden Farmers Market runs from April 12 until mid-November. The location is full of cool sculptures, and booth rentals are open to musicians and visual artists, so there’s entertainment and fine art available among the vegetables and plants. This market can be found at 1401 South Main Street in Little Rock.
3. Little Rock Farmers Market
Located at 400 President Clinton Ave, the Little Rock Farmers Market has been around for forty years. Vegetable enthusiasts can find plenty of veggies and lots of handmade craft items as well. The main market season runs from May 7 through July 24. It is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In August through September 24, the market is open on Saturdays during their regular hours.
4. Hillcrest Farmers Market (Little Rock)
Hillcrest Farmers Market is Little Rock’s only year-round market. The market is a community service of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church. This year it even features vegetables grown by Pulaski Heights Elementary School students! It happens on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. It is located at 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd in Little Rock.
5. Downtown Conway Farmers Market
Opening weekend is the first weekend in May and last year the market ran until Halloween. The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon. It is located at 1132 Front Street in Conway. Shoppers will find excellent crafts, jarred preserves and loads of fresh veggies.
6. ASU Regional Farmers Market (Jonesboro)
Located on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, the ASU market aims to bring farmers and bakers together with crafters, ranchers, and live plant sellers. This market runs on Saturdays from May to October from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June until August, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The location is on the corner of Aggie and Stadium Blvd in Jonesboro. Patrons can also expect to find community classes and festivals throughout the market season.
7. Fayetteville Farmers Market
The Fayetteville Farmers Market is so cool that it won fifth place in the American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest and was voted Favorite Large Farmers Market in 2012. You could have fun there even if you hated vegetables. Though the market has special locations in the winter, the main market season is from April until October on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from April to November on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located on the historic Fayetteville town square.
8. Fort Smith Farmers Market
Open since 2003, the Fort Smith Farmers Market is located at the corner of North 2nd Street & Garrison Avenue. It stays open year round every Saturday, from 7 a.m. until noon. The market is also open on Tuesdays during those same hours, but only from May until September. Visitors to the market can find both produce and handmade items.
9. Bentonville Farmers Market
This market features special events all the way through the market season. Check their Facebook page for a list of fabulous vegetal events. The market is open from April 23 to October 29 from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. It is located at Central and Main in Downtown Bentonville.
10. Eureka Springs Farmers Market
Set at Pine Mountain Village on Highway 62, Eureka Springs Farmers Market is just as cool as the town where it’s held. They frequently have live music and always feature a variety of fresh, homegrown food. The market is held year-round, but the hours vary. From April to November, it happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. From November to April, items are available on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12.00 p.m.
11. Historic Downtown Hot Springs Farmers Market
The Hot Springs market is a great place for fresh produce, live plants, and artisans too. The market runs year-round with hours from May to October on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Winter hours run from November to April on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. It is located at 121 Orange Street in Hot Springs.
12. Russellville Community Market
The Russellville Community Market is an innovative market that connects patrons with farmers through an online ordering system. So it's local farm fresh items with a tech twist. How cool is that?! Customers simply place their orders by Tuesday night and pick them up on Thursdays between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church located at 501 South Phoenix Avenue in Russellville. Items available for sale are conveniently listed on the website.
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