July is a scorcher in Arkansas, but we get to enjoy a wide variety of delicious fruits and vegetables this month! The Farmstand will soon fill to the brim with lots of summer produce, taking over our center display, fridges, freezers, and even spilling over to our porch display tables.
If you have been dreaming of preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinners with all locally grown and locally made items, now is the time!
It is also the time to plant a few more warm-loving plants if you want to enjoy a later summer or early fall harvest.
Available at the Farmstand All Summer Long (July - September)
Fruit and Veggies
Purple Hull Peas, Pinto Beans, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garlic, Herbs, Green Beans, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Peaches, Peppers, Plums, Figs, Potatoes, Squash (Summer), Tomatoes, and Watermelon.
Zinnias, Sunflowers, Gomphrena, Ornamental Basil, Dahlias, Lisianthus, Celosia, Marigolds, Ageratum, and Amaranth.
New Artisan Goods
- Lake in the Willows Apiary - Blackberry, strawberry, and blueberry creamed honey, made using local berries.
- Pink House Alchemy - Blackberry sage simple syrup, made with local blackberries.
- Baxter's Apiary - Half-pint and pint honey, back in stock from their spring honey harvest.
- Bella Vita Jewelry - Flower power jewelry.
- Arkansas Freeze - Freeze-dried pineapple, freeze-dried corn, and freeze-dried sweet peas.
- Fat Top Farm - Mushroom jerky and mushroom stock.
- Popped Perfect Popcorn - Handcrafted gourmet popcorn.
Plant in Your Garden
Arkansas is blessed with a long summer growing season, and you can often start a second round of produce to enjoy in the late summer or early fall. Because we don't see a frost until the end of October or early November, you can keep picking your summer favorites until then.
Fruits and Veggies
Plant these seeds now for a second round of summer produce: Tomatoes, Summer Squash (Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Patty Pan), Cucumbers, and Basil.
Plant these seeds now for a fall harvest: Pumpkins and Winter Squash (Acorn, Butternut).
Late summer is also the time to start thinking about fall produce. Start ordering your Kale, Collard Greens, Cabbage, Peas, Radish, Carrots, Turnips, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, and Bok Choi. Wait to plant these until August or September.
Basil, Sunflowers, and Zinnias. These flowers grow and bloom quickly, so there is still time to plant them in your summer garden.