Hillcrest Farmers Market

April showers bring May produce—and maybe some flowers, too. Shopping at your local farmer’s market is not only tastebud-friendly, it’s also a great way to support your local growers, discover where your food really comes from, and help the earth by reducing shipping costs and more. Grab your reusable grocery bags and head to one (or more!) of these farmers markets.

1. Westover Hills Farmers Market: This Tuesday evening market offers a wide variety of fresh produce in season, including locally-grown vegetables, fruit, flowers, pasture-raised meat, poultry and dairy, and locally produced jams, jellies, bread and candy.

Market opens for the season May 2; hours are 4-7 p.m. each Tuesday. Located at 6400 Kavanaugh in The Heights. For info: (501) 420-4132, Facebook.

2. Bernice Garden Farmers' Market: Sunday shoppers can pick up sustainably-raised and -grown produce, cheese, nuts, salsa, soap and more at this hip market in SoMa. Scope out the public art and sculptures in the surrounding garden, listen to live tunes, and treat your family to a snack from Boulevard Bread Co. or a participating food truck.

Open April 10-Nov. 13; hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Sunday. Located at 1401 S. Main St., Little Rock. For info: (501) 617-2511, Facebook.

3. Dogtown Farmers Market: This market in downtown NLR is on a mission is to create an atmosphere of kindness, cooperation and fun in order to connect Arkansas farmers and artisans to customers and attract new visitors to Argenta.

Open April 22-Sept. 30; Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon in April, May, June and September and 7 a.m.-noon in July and August. Located at 410 Main St., North Little Rock. For info: (501) 993-1234 | Facebook

4. Little Rock Farmers' Market: This mainstay has been serving up fruits and veggies in Little Rock's River Market for more than 40 years. Find bargains on fresh Arkansas crops, as well as a bountiful array of handmade arts and crafts.

Open May 6-Sept. 30; every Saturday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. For info: (501) 375-2552 | Facebook

5. Market on MerrillMarket on Merrill is a place of connection for rural and urban community folks. Special events and activities will occur on market days and throughout the year.

Opens May 4; 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on three days each month (check Facebook for dates). Located at 1525 Merrill Drive, Little Rock. For info: (501) 351-4131Facebook.

Hillcrest Farmers Market

6. Hillcrest Farmers Market: Little Rock’s only year-round farmer’s market! Stroll down Kavanaugh Blvd. on Saturday mornings to survey all-local honey, greens, nuts and granola, eggs, bacon, dog treats and more. Plus, visitors can enjoy brunch at one of the regular food trucks.

Open year-round; Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon from October-April and 7 a.m.-noon from May-September. Located at 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. For info: (501) 661-1129, Facebook.

Meet the Farmers

Get to know the farmers, bakers and makers you’ll meet at central Arkansas’ farmer’s markets. Here are a few vendors we love:

  • Barnhill Orchards in Lonoke is a family farm established in 1980 by Bob Barnhill. You'll find the family selling a large variety of fruits, veggies and greens at several Little Rock markets; see what's in season at BarnhillOrchards.com.
  • Falling Sky Farm raises chicken, duck, turkey, cattle and pig free of antibiotics, growth hormones and synthetic pesticides. Year-long meat shares are available online at FallingSkyFarm.com.
  • Freckle Face Farm is a family affair—a family of nine! In addition to raising seven kids, this farm family raises cows, pigs, and chicken. At the market, you can buy a variety of meat products, including free-range chicken, bacon, brats, chorizo, chops and sausage.
  • Geek Eats produces hummus, pesto and granola. Made in North Little Rock by a husband-and-wife team, you’ll find yourself addicted to snacks like Carrot Curry Hummus, Rosemary & Black Bean Hummus and Cilantro Almond Pesto. See which markets they frequent at GeekEatsDeli.com.
  • Laughing Stock Farm is a USDA Certified Organic farm in Sheridan that is dedicated to farming sustainably.
  • Little Rock Urban Farming grows organic fruits, vegetables and flowers right in the heart of Little Rock. Visit them at Hillcrest Farmers Market or learn more about the group’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at LittleRockUrbanFarming.com.
  • Jelly Madness, produced by the Martin Family Farm in McRae, satisfies cravings for sweets with its homemade jellies. Don’t miss adventurous flavors like Lavender Peach, Dandelion and Hot Pepper; sugar-free jellies are also available.
  • North Pulaski Farms, a USDA Certified Organic farm, is owned and operated by Kelly Carney. Produce is grown year-round in high tunnel hoop houses; seasonal goods include blackberries, kale, tomatoes, sweet peppers, raspberries and more. Learn about the farm’s organic CSA membership program at NorthPulaskiFarms.com.