One Tank Travels: Local Produce and More!

We invite you to have “More Fun Per Gallon”  in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different Arkansas destinations that can be reached on one tank of gas or less. This is basically every corner of The Natural State. We hope these suggestions help you in planning a trip to remember.

Today’s Trip: Buy Fresh and Local in Helena-West Helena, Judsonia, Searcy, and Tyronza

The kids are back in school, the temperatures are cooling slightly, and summer is drawing to a close in a few short weeks. But it’s still not too late to get some great locally-grown produce in eastern Arkansas!

Helena-West Helena offers their Downtown Helena Farmers Market each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. You’ll find fresh produce, homemade baked goods, and original works by local artisans and crafters. The tents are set up in Court Square Park, across from the Phillips County Courthouse on Cherry Street in the historic downtown.

Judsonia is home to Gillam Farms, one of America’s largest blackberry growers. Right now, grapes and muscadines are ready and available. Throughout the year, Gillam Farms offers in-season produce and all kinds of goodies at their store, including a variety of jams, jellies, pickled veggies and fruit butters. Visit or call 501-279-5266 for details.

You’ll find the Certified Farmers’ Market in Searcy. Located on the south side of Spring Park, the market is open from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Vendors offer fresh produce, freshly made bread, grass-fed beef, baked goods, jellies, honey and more. Phone 501-279-9007 for more information.

Whitton Farms
in Tyronza offers a variety of heirloom vegetables, cut flowers, native plants and herbs on 15 acres of retired pastureland. Although not a certified organic farm, the owners pride themselves on the use of organic and sustainable farming methods.  You can check the complete harvest schedule here.  Go to to find out more!
So fill your tank, grab the family and go venture out for some wonderful Arkansas grown and made products throughout locations in eastern Arkansas! Have a great weekend!

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