Jill M. Rohrbach
In addition to the markets, a stop at an orchard for home grown produce is another must-do. It’s a pleasure really. I just learned of Drewry Farm & Orchards, located about 20 minutes north of Russellville. Next time I’m in that area, I am definitely going to make time to shop here.
The owners say spring brings strawberries, soon to be followed by 27 varieties of peaches, such as Ruby Prince, Red Haven, Nectar, Winblo, Contender, Jay Haven, Crest Haven and China Pearl. In my youth, my aunts from Kansas would visit us here in Arkansas. I remember driving from one orchard stand to another while they carefully chose buckets of peaches they would take home to can, bake into pies or make into jam.
Also for sale at Drewry will be seedless watermelons, other varieties of melons, tomatoes, Clemson spineless okra, peas, blackberries, raspberries, and other seasonal vegetables grown in the region. Although it’s just now spring and I’m not interested in thinking that far ahead yet, in the fall Drewry will have potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkins.
Drewry makes its own salsa, chow chow, jam and jelly. You can also get homemade breads, candy, cookies, and gift baskets. At the farm you can watch them make award-winning fudge or knead their signature Honey Granola bread. Their goods can also be found at their Russellville location at 412 West Parkway. According to the Web site, they now also have locally grown buffalo, beef and elk meat.
Check out DrewryFarmAndOrchards.com for more information or phone 479-331-2987.