9 Farm-to-Table Experiences in Arkansas
It’s no secret that fresh, local ingredients yield some of the most flavorful dishes and drinks you’ll find. Make a stop at these Arkansas eateries, breweries and distilleries for a palate-pleasing time.
- The Root Cafe, Little Rock
“Building community through local food” is the motto of this well-established eatery. Located in Little Rock’s walkable SoMa district, the cafe is a great place to pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner while you stroll the neighborhood. Choose from favorites like omelets filled with locally produced cheese and meats, a farm-fresh deviled egg sandwich or juicy, made-to-order cheeseburger. You’ll also find locally produced beer and wine options as well as locally roasted coffee. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Wiederkehr Village
Did you know Arkansas has its own wine country? In the northwestern portion of the state, you’ll find numerous wineries, including Wiederkehr Wine Cellars in Wiederkehr Village. With recipes that date back to the late 1800s, this charming Swiss-inspired village is the oldest and largest winery in mid-America. Make a stop in the Arkansas River Valley for a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of their numerous white and red wine offerings. They also have an on-site restaurant featuring continental cuisine. Open daily, year-round.
- The Farmer’s Table Cafe, Fayetteville
Conveniently located on School Street, just down from the University of Arkansas campus, The Farmer’s Table is a delightfully fresh way to experience local cuisine. With both produce and meat options from local sources, you’ll find everything from hearty Ozark Breakfast Tacos to a seasonal Always a Goddess salad that features nuts, fruit and classic Green Goddess dressing. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options abound. Dine with them for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday and for dinner on Friday and Saturday.
- Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock
While you can buy Lost Forty beers at numerous retailers throughout the state, you can only get the experience of seeing the process at their brewhouse and taproom in downtown Little Rock. Open daily, visit the site to taste a brew or two and enjoy some grub. The beer menu features seasonal and limited-run selections alongside year-round standbys, many of which are made with Arkansas rice, honey or other locally sourced ingredients. Appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches — like a house-smoked turkey reuben — make for excellent pairings with the drink of your choice.
- Roots Restaurant, Jonesboro
Both trained chefs, husband-and-wife team Paula and Karl Lowe focus on highlighting in-season, local ingredients for their ever-changing menu. The upscale eatery blends Paula’s Ecuadorian heritage with Karl’s Arkansas upbringing, hence its name. Not only is much of the food locally sourced, it is even served on pottery pieces made in the area. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.
- Delta Dirt Distillery, Historic Helena
For four generations, the Williams family has farmed land in the Arkansas Delta. Now, they are using the ground for a different type of venture — creating handmade, locally inspired vodka, gin and a soon-to-release bourbon made from produce grown on the farm. As Arkansas’ first Black-owned craft distillery, they pride themselves on being a family-operated business. Tours of their historic downtown Helena facility are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visit their website to book your hour-long, behind-the-scenes walk-through and sip concoctions made with the fruits of their labor.
- Table 28, Little Rock
Sourcing organic produce from Arkansas farmers, chef Scott Rains has created a flavorful menu of modern American cuisine with a Southern flair. Dishes like seared duck served atop Arkansas rice and Rabbit Ridge Farms Chicken Breast Parmigiana will delight your palate. The restaurant is conveniently located inside The Burgundy Hotel in west Little Rock.
- The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville
Located inside Bentonville’s 21c Hotel just off the town square, The Hive is an elevated culinary experience. Local, homegrown products are featured in a variety of dishes. Their partners include nearby pork and poultry farms, produce growers, coffee roasters, and grit and sorghum makers. Dishes are paired with suggestions from local distilleries and family-owned vineyards — and can also be enjoyed at the restaurant’s adjoining bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, Tuesday through Thursday for lunch and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
- Prestonrose Farm & Brewing Company, Clarksville
Presontrose is committed to producing and serving farm-to-table options while fostering community and supporting small businesses. Both a certified organic farm and a small batch artisan brewery, they offer dining and drinks three times each week. Visit their taproom on Friday nights for a snack menu alongside some of their farm-made brews. On Saturday and Sunday night, a full farm-to-table menu is served.
Download a free Arkansas Craft Beverage Pass to get discounts and earn rewards. Sign up now to receive your instantly downloadable pass, which you can use at these aforementioned vendors: Lost Forty Brewing, Prestonrose Farm & Brewing Company and Delta Dirt Distillery.