Fit Starts with Fresh
There's no better place to start your journey to wellness than at the Baptist Health Farmers Markets!
Our mission is to promote healthy eating habits by providing a convenient and fun place to purchase fresh local produce. There are cooking demos, healthy lifestyle tips, special contests and giveaways!
Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock
June 5 - July 24
7am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Located in the parking deck.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway
June 6 - July 25 (no market July 4)
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Located in the front of the hospital.
Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock
June 7 - July 26
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Located near the Rehab & Women's Center Entrance (west side of hospital).
Promenade at Chenal
Friday, July 6
10am - 2pm
Baptist Health is honored to be a sponsor of the Give Fresh, The Power of Food, which takes boxes of fresh, healthy produce sourced from the Farmers Market into high-need, low-income neighborhoods and communities around the state. For more information on the Farmers Market or Give Fresh, contact Michael Robichaud at Michael.Robichaud@baptist-health.org.
Meet the farmers participating in the Baptist Health Farmers Markets and get some great tips for the produce you can purchase from them.
Big D Beef – Center Ridge, AR
Phillip and Beth DeSalvo sell locally grown pasture raised beef. In the mid 1990’s, Big D Ranch began using Brangus bulls on the Angus based commercial herd. Seeing the exceptional benefits of the “Ultrablack” cattle, they chose to pursue the registered Ultrablack breed. The spring of 2016 landed the first registered Ultrablack calves to hit the ground on the ranch. Big D Ranch is committed to providing the finest Ultrablack cattle and to supply commercial cattlemen with an opportunity to get an unsurpassed genetic package.
Faulkner Lake Orchard – North Little Rock, AR
Karen Martin and her husband, Herb, purchased what was an old horse farm in 2000 and a year later began planting peach trees. As the word of their little orchard grew, so did the demand for the peaches. Neither had been farmers as their profession but grew to love life on a farm. Last year, Herb became ill and passed away. Determined to carry on the farm, Herb’s best friend, Don, stepped in to help Karen see it through. Karen says it hasn’t been easy but it’s more enjoyment than work when you love what you do.
Today the orchard consists of several varieties of peaches with a planned expansion of the orchard in the spring. They also grow strawberries, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, kale and green onions in the spring and add variety squashes, tomatoes, peas, okra, beans, cucumbers, several varieties of peppers and melons as the summer season progresses. Karen has also just finished out the big barn and has opened a beautiful wedding and event center complete with commercial grade kitchen. She’ll be doing canning classes and a variety of activities on the farm all season long.
Sardis Gardens – Little Rock, AR
Teri Covey of Mabelvale has been passionate about healthy eating since she was a teenager, and has grown fruits and vegetables without chemicals and pesticides since she was in her 20's. After a career in accounting, she decided to do what she loves, and she established Sardis Gardens. In addition to the fresh picked produce, Sardis Gardens offers gluten-free baked goods. Teri says she just loves providing healthy food to others.
Sun Harvest Honey – Sherwood, AR
Patrick Cullivan of Sherwood has been bee keeping since 2008. He took up gardening as a hobby but noticed there were no bees in his neighborhood to help the garden along. He ended up getting involved in a local bee club and learned all about bee keeping. He mail ordered his first queen bee and began to grow a hive. What started out as one hive has grown to over 40 hives! Each hive contains thousands of bees. His friend Chuck Smith now helps tend to the bees that are kept on a farm in Lonoke County. They have been able to harvest and bottle honey since 2012. Sun Harvest Honey has a lotion bar and other products.
Missy Lewis on the Baptist Health Farmers Markets
Joy Sturtevant of Cedar Rock Acres explains what a kohlrabi is and how you can use it in your cooking.
Teri Covey of Sardis Gardens explains what it means to be gluten-free.