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  • Writer's pictureLindsay Jordan

Farmers Markets & Nurseries of Arkansas

Updated: 4 days ago

Are you as ready for Spring and sunshine as we are?! From fresh fruits and vegetables to unique local crafts, Farmers Markets and Nurseries around Arkansas offer a great excuse to get outside and have just what you’re looking for! Explore the stalls and discover the bountiful offerings from local growers and artisans. Whether you're a food enthusiast, a plant lover, or simply seeking a lively and enjoyable shopping experience, these markets have something for everyone.


Step into the realm of farm-fresh produce, where you can savor the flavors of Arkansas and support local businesses at the same time. From North Little Rock to Fayetteville, each market has its own distinct charm and character, showcasing the diversity and abundance of the state's agricultural landscape. Taste the difference as you indulge in mouth watering fruits and vegetables, harvested just moments away from the market stalls.


But it's not just about food – these markets are also a treasure trove for those with a green thumb. Nurseries dotted throughout the state offer a variety of plants, flowers, and shrubs to beautify your indoor and outdoor spaces. Discover the joy of gardening and get expert advice from experienced staff who are passionate about all things horticulture.


Benton

Discover the vibrant Benton Farmers Market, a bustling hub of local culture and community spirit in Downtown Benton, Arkansas. Every Saturday beginning April 6th to October 26th, this lively market offers a sensory feast from 8:00am to 1:00pm, featuring locally grown produce, handcrafted goods, and homemade treats. With a clear mission to provide Central Arkansas with the best in local, sustainable, and healthy foods, the market fosters a sense of togetherness and camaraderie within the community. Conveniently located at 125 Ashley Street, the Farmers Market's multipurpose pavilion also hosts private events and community gatherings. Whether you're a local stocking up on regional produce or a visitor seeking the warmth of Benton's community spirit, the Benton Farmers Market is a must-visit destination where the joy of local produce meets the joy of community.





Little Rock

Our next stop is in Little Rock and you’ll find Cantrell Gardens is more than just a nursery; it's a cherished family tradition with over 60 years of expertise and dedication. Open from Monday to Saturday from 8AM to 5PM, and Sundays from 11AM to 5PM, this horticultural haven is a beacon of warmth and knowledge. The passionate and friendly team at Cantrell Gardens takes a personalized, hands-on approach, catering to gardeners of all levels with expert guidance and a carefully curated selection of top-quality products. With a great selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and houseplants, you’ll find just what you're looking for! From vibrant plants to essential gardening tools, every item is sourced from the very best suppliers to ensure the community receives nothing but the best. And if you happen to be a fan of roses, they have over 89 different varieties in stock! Whether you're starting your first garden or are a seasoned green thumb, Cantrell Gardens is committed to delivering exceptional service and fostering a thriving gardening community in Arkansas.



El Dorado

Let’s head South to The Farmers Market at MAD in El Dorado. This is a vibrant and bustling community market that is not to be missed! Running from April 27 to October 26th from 9am to 12pm at 105 East Locust Street at the MAD Amp, this market is a treasure trove of local delights! With a wide array of vendors offering everything from fresh produce, home-baked bread, and delectable treats like pretzels, cookies, and cotton candy to unique items such as plants, crocheted goods, soaps, and jewelry, there truly is something for everyone. The market also boasts an impressive selection of specialty goods including salsa, jelly, coffee, freeze-dried candy, photography, and custom woodwork. Among the many outstanding vendors, Four Points Coffee and their aromatic brews stand out as a crowd favorite, while the freeze-dried candy is a hit with visitors seeking a sweet and unique treat. The Farmers Market at MAD is a delightful experience that celebrates the local community and offers a diverse range of high-quality goods, making it a must-visit destination for locals and travelers alike.


Fayetteville

Next time you’re in NWA, you HAVE to check out the Fayetteville Farmers' Market! This farmers’ market has been a beacon of fresh, locally grown produce and goods since 1973, fostering a healthier and greener Northwest Arkansas. Every Saturday, the Downtown Square hosts a colorful display of locally produced items, from vegetables, fruits, and meats to crafts and fine art, all grown and made in the four-county area. Operating year-round, with indoor markets from January to March and outdoor markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May to September, the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market offers an engaging and enriching experience for foodies, art enthusiasts, and anyone seeking the finest offerings of Northwest Arkansas. Be sure to visit this awesome Farmers’ Market on your next trip to Fayetteville. Woo Pig Sooie!!!


Morrilton

Our next stop takes their farmers’ market to new heights! The Petit Jean Farmers' Market's "Shamrock Soiree" on March 16th promises an extraordinary experience filled with shamrock-themed festivities and non-stop excitement. The event starts in the late morning and continues until 5pm, concluding with a raffle where you could win two hot air balloon tickets for the highly anticipated Solar Eclipse Balloon Festival. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day while celebrating and raising funds for the spectacular Solar Eclipse event. The town will be painted green, creating an electric atmosphere that shouldn't be missed. Secure your spot by purchasing tickets on their website and explore a treasure trove of local produce, handcrafted goods, captivating art, and the chance to take a breathtaking hot air balloon flight at the Petit Jean Farmers' Market. You won’t want to miss this!


Benton

Step into a world of farm-fresh delights at The Front Porch Market in Benton! This extraordinary community co-op is a year-round treasure trove, seamlessly blending the charm of a farmers market with the convenience of a general store. From milk and eggs to golden honey and savory meats, every product is lovingly sourced from local farms, ensuring the highest quality and freshest flavors. It's no wonder that this market has earned its place as one of the best in the state, thanks to the unwavering dedication of its passionate staff and the unparalleled bounty of produce. Whether you're a foodie, a supporter of local artisans, or simply seeking the finest regional offerings, The Front Porch Market is an absolute must-visit destination that promises a true taste of the best the region has to offer!


Jacksonville

Just outside of Little Rock in the heart of Jacksonville is our next farmers market you simply must check out! 'The Market' is a vibrant and bustling hub of local culture and community spirit. Open during the season from May to August, every Saturday from 2pm to 5pm, this market offers an exciting variety of vendors, including craft vendors, bakers, coffee and tea purveyors, food trucks, and local farmers selling an array of produce, meat, jams, pickles, and eggs. The season kicks off with Market Madness on May 4th, featuring a spectacular event with vendors, inflatables, a petting zoo, live music, and an array of delectable food trucks. Whether you're a foodie seeking the freshest ingredients, a fan of handcrafted goods, or simply looking to experience the local community, 'The Market' promises an engaging and enriching experience for all. Check it out and be part of the thriving local scene while indulging in the finest offerings of Jacksonville!


Arkansas is a treasure trove of vibrant farmers markets and nurseries, offering a delightful mix of fresh produce, handcrafted goods, and a warm sense of community. Whether you're a food enthusiast, a plant lover, or simply seeking an engaging and enjoyable shopping experience, these markets and nurseries have something for everyone. Embrace the joy of local produce and the warmth of community spirit, as you explore the diverse and bountiful offerings from local growers and artisans. And don’t forget to tag us as you’re and about! Happy Adventuring! 





Lindsay Jordan has a deep-rooted passion for all things Arkansas, evident in her unwavering dedication to promoting the state. A loyal supporter of Arkie Travels from its very beginning, Lindsay was an integral part of the core team for two years and is now the Manager of Member Development with the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Being an Arkansas native, she takes great pride in her role, where she enthusiastically shares the marvels and splendor of the Natural State, all the while championing the local businesses in every community.



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