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Arkansas has long been an agricultural state. Even as its urban centers grow, it still has its roots in the land and people who farm it. Agritourism is a movement that brings people to farms to meet local farmers to see the work and beauty behind local products. Arkansas is lucky to have a growing agritourism movement. Check out some of the best agritourism farms in the state and make a plan to visit them.
Appel Farm’s strawberry fields.
Appel Farms – Appel Farms is in Elm Springs and is a U-Pick berry and produce farm with the option to buy from the farmstand as well. They also have a pumpkin patch and occasionally host events that are announced on the Appel Farms Facebook page.
BoBrook Farms & River Bottom Winery – BoBrook Farms in Roland offers seasonal fruits, events, a pumpkin patch, wine tasting and serves as an event venue. Keep up with events and pickings on the BoBrooks Farms Facebook page.
Knoxville Berry Farm – The farm in Knoxville has U-Pick blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, plus vegetables for sale.
Mountain Home Berry Farm – The farm offers U-Pick blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, along with an on-site farm store with local honey, fresh produce, jams and more. The farm also hosts several events each year, including a berry festival in June and a fall festival.
Charlotte Teresa Plantation welcomes visitors to stay amid 6,000 pecan trees.
Ozark Valley Bison Farm – Nestled in the Ozark Mountains in North Central Arkansas, the farm maintains a herd of 40 to 50 bison on its 200 acres. The farm accepts visitors for farm tours, including school and church groups but call ahead to schedule. It is also an Airbnb site for those who want a peaceful farm stay.
Moss Mountain Farm – P. Allen Smith’s Roland farm offers visitors guided tours of the farmhouse and grounds, including the gardens and Poultryville. Events are offered throughout the year for visitors to learn more about gardening, beekeeping, poultry and more.
Paw Paw’s Pecans and Charlotte Teresa Plantation – The Atkins pecan farm is home to over 6,000 pecan trees with a home available for Airbnb, retreats and events. The farm sells pecans, including chocolate and candied pecans, fudge, and other goodies onsite. The farm is also a host site for Harvest Hosts RV camping.
St. Joseph Center of Arkansas – This historic property in Little Rock is a non-profit farm and sustainable food center. The center offers multiple learning opportunities on its 63-acre property, from tours of the historic building to goat yoga, family farm nights, star parties and workshops. They also have a community garden, U-Pick, and plenty of volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers help at Tri Cycle Farms in Fayetteville.
Taylor’s Orchard – A U-Pick and already picked peach and nectarine orchard, along with thornless blackberries. The Gentry orchard provides a unique orchard experience.
The Berry Farm – The Berry Farm in Bentonville is a U-Pick blueberry farm and event center run by Dave and Jenny Marrs of HGTV’s “Fixer To Fabulous.” Visitors pay an entry fee that supports orphans and sustainable food in Zimbabwe. Berry Fest is held in June on the farm.
The Blue Zipline & Farm – This Arkansas Century Farm is a working cattle farm in Mena that also offers zipline adventures to visitors and a variety of courses.
Tri Cycle Farms – This two-acre farm in Fayetteville is a community urban farm focused on education and community engagement surrounding food sustainability. The farm teaches farming and gardening skills, hosts plant sales and runs a food recovery program throughout the area. Follow the Facebook page to keep up with events and volunteer opportunities.
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries – The farm produces flowers and U-Pick berries and is also available for field trips.
This article doesn’t include the many amazing seasonal farms (pumpkin patches and Christmas trees), or farmers’ markets and fruit stands. You can find out more about agritourism in Arkansas at ArAgritourism.com or Arkansas Agritourism Association’s Facebook page. There are many ways to support local farms, and agritourism is just one. It’s a fun way to see farmers bringing their crops to the community and bringing the community to Arkansas farms.
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