Holly Springs Homestead is a Century Farm located in the heart of the Ouachitas in Mena. The homestead has been farmed by the Alston family since 1897. Today 5th generation Luke Alston and his wife Deedee, along with their sons Ryan and Drey raise chickens, Angus cattle and grow a variety of fruits and vegetables there.
For those interested in seeing the property, there will be a Farm Tour there on June 17. This is the second year for the event and will be chance to see the farm, which is located at 217 Polk Road 184, and enjoy live music, vendors and more.
The homestead is certified as an Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made business, meaning that what they sell is grown and made in the state. They own and farm 300 acres and lease and farm another 150 acres. This working farm produces vegetables and fruits for sale and you can also find handcrafted items to buy such as jams, preserves, Heirloom seeds, local honey, sorghum, jewelry, quilts, essential oils, and more.
According to Deedee Alston, during the event there will be live music by local musician Leon Page and his band as well as a concert in the corn field by Hayden Powell and the Caddo Cowboys. There will also be a chicken cook-off, an old time tools demo, blacksmithing, a hominy making demo, dutch oven cooking, a farm to table lunch and more.
“Both my husband and I left corporate jobs to come home to the farm,” said Alston. “While most people are leaving farming to find security in off-farm jobs, we are determined to keep agriculture strong and prove you can still make a living farming. We offer a very diverse farm experience. From corn mazes and Christmas trees to birthday parties and weddings, to Yoga on the Farm and firepit rentals, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy.”
“We appreciate everyone that visits our farm,” Alston added. “We don’t take that lightly. We take so much pride in our farm and want others to be able to come and visit and relax in a peaceful setting.” Along with farm tours, the homestead also hosts schools and other groups and has an annual corn maze, pumpkin patch and Christmas market. For more details on the farm, visit hollyspringshomestead.com or call 479-243-6525.