Fresh….homegrown….and homemade: That’s what you’ll fine at Hardin’s Farm and Market Too! in Scott. Come prepared to shop and eat because there are plenty of options. When you first pull in you can’t help but notice all the imaginative metal yard art, ranging from a nice-sized Razorback to a giraffe. There are signs, other animals, and whimsical sayings. Brilliant blossoms in all colors of the rainbow also catch your attention, from plants to hanging baskets. Then the aroma hits you — barbecue. You can smell it even before you open the car door. Oh, it does lure you into the store.
Grab a shopping basket because you’re going to need it. A variety of fresh produce in season, homemade items such as jams, jellies, sauces. There’s a whole wall of frozen items including handmade dinner entrees, vegetables, and fruits. All the vegetables and fruits are grown at the Hardin Family Farm in Grady. You’ll also find gift items, cookbooks, tote bags and more. In addition to the barbecue, the place offers daily plate specials and homemade desserts.
I went Saturday in search of some Arkansas tomatoes. I was not disappointed. I also found Arkansas-grown corn on the cob, crowder peas (I didn’t know anyone grew crowder peas in Arkansas), and frozen strawberries. I also decided to try one of the handmade frozen entrees – King Ranch Chicken Casserole. I haven’t eaten it yet but I’d be willing to bet it’s going to be quite good.
Hardin’s Farm and Market Too! Is a very short drive from Little Rock. It takes about 20 minutes on a bad day. It’s worth the trip for fresh produce, quirky hand-crafted items, beautiful plants and flowers and some awesome smelling barbecue. I didn’t try any Saturday but I will the next visit…which will be soon.