Arkansas Fresh Food and U-Pick Farms
When was the last time you went peach picking at an orchard? Or hauled in a basket full of organic blackberries with the kids at one of Arkansas's blackberry farms? Purchased some naturally-raised, grass-fed beef products that contain no hormones, antibiotics or steroids? How about some handmade cheeses?
There are places with acres of rich soil and crisp air, where you can pick nature’s latest crop of fruits and vegetables right off the vine, and they make for great Arkansas foodie vacations in the spring, summer or fall. There is guaranteed freshness along with a sense of accomplishment in selecting your own produce. All across Arkansas you’ll find beautiful u-pick farms and gardens offering a variety of crops and products. From peach and pecan orchards and pumpkin patches to sweet Arkansas blackberry farms, there’s an opportunity for you to get back to nature in the truest sense with a day of picking produce at a farm or garden.
A relatively new addition to the fresh food scene is locally grown meats, handmade cheeses and other products that contain no additives or preservatives. It's easier than ever to know what's in -- and not in -- the foods you eat. Check out some recipes from top Arkansas chefs to get the most of the produce you pick.
Don’t want to pick it yourself? Check out one of the many certified farmers markets
in Arkansas. Because seasons vary, always call to make sure the farm is open for picking before you add it to your itinerary.