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 six farmers markets.

1. Argenta Certified Arkansas Farmers Market: This Saturday morning market, located on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, requires vendors to grow 100 percent of the products sold at the market. In addition to the market staples, shoppers can also enjoy an artisan market and live music.

Market opens for the season April 2; hours are 7 a.m.-noon each Saturday. Located at 7th & Main St., North Little Rock. For info: (870) 283-9065 | 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.

Market opens for the season April 10 with a plant sale and seed swap; 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 brand-new 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 to build our local economy; provide a warm and inviting place that fosters learning, fellowship, and connection; and attract new visitors to Argenta.

Market opens for the season April 23; hours are 7 a.m.-noon each Saturday. 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 over 40 years. Find bargains on fresh Arkansas crops, as well as a bountiful array of handmade arts and crafts.

Market opens for the season May 3; hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. each Tuesday and Saturday. Located at 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. For info: (501) 375-2552 | Facebook

Hillcrest Farmers Market

5. Westover Hills Presbyterian Church Farmers' Market: This evening, mid-week market typically features 15-22 vendors and is perfect for picking up last-minute needs like veggies, fruit, flowers, baked goods, fresh eggs and more.

Market opens for the season May 3; hours are 4-7 p.m. each Tuesday. Located at 6400 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. For info: (501) 663-6383 | Facebook

6. Hillcrest Farmers Market: Little Rock’s only year-round farmer’s market is located at the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Hillcrest. 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.

Market is open year-round; hours are currently 8 a.m.-noon. each Saturday. 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.