When it comes to independent markets, customer service and selection make all the difference. A friendly “Hello!” and a willingness to go beyond the call of duty can earn long-time customers. For fresh produce and local goods you won’t find anywhere else, check out the 10 best markets in Arkansas.
Blackboard Grocery and Eatery is a “carefully curated urban market” in Fayetteville. They have a full dairy, a good meat selection, fresh produce, as well as coffee, a bakery, and a delicious selection of grab and go meals. They strive to stock quality products with an elevated sense of convenience.
Allen’s Food Market has been the go-to neighborhood market in Bella Vista for two decades. Their customer service is stellar, they have awesome meat and produce departments—folks even rave about their selection of gluten-free foods.
Conveniently located adjacent to Dugan’s Pub, Stratton’s Market is a small, neighborhood shop in the River Market District that stocks fine-quality groceries and sundries, as well as wine, beer and liquor. You can even stop in for breakfast or lunch.
Ozark Natural Foods is the only food co-op in Arkansas. For almost half a centuy, they’ve been offering folks in Northwest Arkansas the opportunity to participate in their own food choices. At the same time, the public can enjoy fresh, healthy, natural and organic foods at the market.
At El Ranchito, it is really hard to argue with the store’s fine selection of Latin and specialty foods, fresh meat, and produce. This Springdale gem also makes a killer flan.
Folks in Holiday Island and Eureka Springs flock to Sun Fest Market for their grocery needs. In addition to friendly and knowledgeable employees, you’ll find all the departments you’d hope to—meat, bakery, produce—along with a Deli that does everything from breakfast to boxed lunches.
Greenley Foods and Marketplace specializes in providing local and regional produce and products to restaurants and the general public. Looking for fresh peanuts or local honey? Greenley’s is the place to go. They also sell eggs, specialty meats, and prepared foods like jams and jellies.
The River Market District is a vibrant area of Little Rock, often filled with tourists and residents alike. Vegetarian-mid folks will appreciate the prepared food, groceries and sundries that they can pick up from the friendly shopkeepers at Garden Square Café and Grocery.
For a market experience that is just a little bit different, head over to New Dragon Asian Food Market in Conway. There, you’ll encounter an excellent selection of Asian food products, as well as fresh produce—some of which you won’t find elsewhere—and friendly, helpful staff.
For more than 20 years, Good Earth Natural Foods had offered Hot Springs residents and vistitors the opportunity to shop for fresh, organic, healthy, and whenever possible, local foods and products. Their staff is friendly and possesses a passion for health and helping others.