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Pine Log Vintage Market at Historic Head Dairy


Craft and vintage markets hold a unique appeal for many, drawing in crowds seeking a blend of nostalgia, creativity and one-of-a-kind finds. These markets typically feature a wide array of goods, from handcrafted items to vintage treasures, each telling its own story. The allure lies in the opportunity to discover something truly unique, whether it’s a piece of clothing, home decor or a piece of art, all lovingly crafted or curated with a distinct charm that mass-produced items often lack.

The Pine Log Vintage Market perfectly embodies this spirit. Set to take place April 26 and 27, this market stands out not only for its offerings but also for its location—the former Head Dairy Farm in Brookland. This historic setting adds an extra layer of charm and nostalgia to the event, creating an atmosphere that feels like stepping back in time. It’s a celebration of all things vintage, set against a backdrop that echoes the past, making it a truly special experience for attendees.

Brothers David and Robert Head own the former Head Dairy, where the market will be held. Their parents R. M. and Dorothy Head, established the Head Dairy in 1952 on Crowley’s Ridge near Brookland, Arkansas. The dairy was renowned for its high-quality Jersey cattle herd. Considered one of the best herds in the country at the time, the cattle were moved from Abilene, Texas, by five railcars to a location west of Goobertown. They later moved to the farm in Brookland after it underwent improvements to accommodate feeding and milking. The 1950s and 1960s saw continuous improvements to the farm, including the construction of a Grade A dairy barn, additional barns for storage, and an upright silo for feed storage which still stand today.

The idea for the vintage market was first put into motion after David Head’s wife Cheryl attended the War Eagle Craft Fair in Northwest Arkansas. She knew the rolling hills of the Head Dairy would be a picturesque location for a similar event and reached out to the Head family to gauge their interest.

Following the death of Robert Head’s wife, Tina, the family needed something to help them through the grieving period. Cheryl and David, along with their children and grandchildren, Robert and his children and grandchildren and a host of extended family members, friends and the community, got on board, and the details of the market were laid out.

The 3rd annual Pine Log Vintage Market is set to be the biggest yet. It is a labor of love and a gathering of family and friends. More than 2500 people are expected during the two days of the market which will feature nearly 100 vendors. But shopping isn’t the only draw of the market.

Visitors get to experience a piece of Americana when they walk the grounds of the Head Dairy. The original home, barns and silo, which has been painted with a beautiful butterfly in memory of Tina Head, are still there. Displays of vintage farm equipment will be on hand, and visitors can chat with David and Robert to hear all about life growing up at the Head Dairy.

Although the last cow was milked in 1994, today, the farm’s legacy lives on as a pasture and hay farm, and through the Pine Log Vintage Market, the family commitment to merge the old with the new by offering a blend of vintage finds in a setting that adds to their allure. It’s like stepping into a time capsule, where every item has a story to tell, and every corner holds a new treasure waiting to be discovered. Whether you are a collector, a lover of all things vintage, or simply someone looking for something unique, Pine Log offers a memorable and enchanting experience.

The Pine Log Vintage Market takes place at the Head Dairy Farm at 922 Pine Log Rd in Brookland, Arkansas, on April 26 and 27. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information and a complete list of vendors. Entry is $5 per person (12 and under free) and is valid for both days of the event. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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