Did you know that the online market through the Arkansas Local Food Network has the best selection of any of the farmer’s markets in Arkansas? I say that confidently because for the market this weekend, there were more than 1,000 different items – 1,039 to be precise. There are 58 different vendors approved to sell at the market and their products are as diverse as you can imagine.
If you want fresh zucchini, we’ve got it. But if you want zucchini pickles or zucchini bread, we’ve got that too.
There’s sourdough and sandwich bread too. And rolls, ciabatta, and gluten free hamburger buns.
We’ve got bacon, bratwurst, and baby back ribs. We’ve even got lamb, buffalo, and elk. Of course, there is everything from filet mignon to chicken wings. We’ve have dried black peppercorns, cumin, oregano, and chili powder (a many more) to season everything up right.
Want ultra-fresh eggs? We’ve got them in 6 packs, by the dozen, or 18 at a time, if that’s what you need. Oh, and did you want chicken or duck eggs, I forgot to ask.
There are fresh blueberries, blackberries, and peaches right now. And if you don’t have the freezer space to stock up, we have frozen ones along with jams and jellies year-round for you.
If you are not feeling well, stock up on some herbal tea blends, or make your own with fresh herbs in whatever mix you need. Have sensitive skin? The homemade soaps, creams, and cleansers might be the perfect fix. There’s even bug spray for those sultry summer picnics.
Have a sweet tooth? There are cakes (cheese, pound, pineapple upside-down, to name a few), cookies (like ginger molasses, lemon tea, pralines), pies (banana cream, blueberry, or buttermilk). Did I mention the ice cream? Strawberry buttermilk is my favorite.
Not hungry? Maybe you need a hand knit dish cloth, crocheted washcloth, or even hand-pieced quilt. Or maybe you fall in love and want to spread the love by wearing an Arkansas Local Food Network t-shirt or apron, or sporting a canvas tote or even a bumper sticker.
I could go on and on (clearly), but I think it’s time for you check it out for yourself.
-Larissa Barry, ALFN Board Member