Bernice Garden Farmers' Market
Little Rock, AR - Events of Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12, 2013
We mentioned in our last post that we had several favorite eateries here in Little Rock. Well, we just found a new one. Margery ran across a string of good reviews online for the barbecue at Whole Hog Café. Whole Hog Café has three locations in Little Rock. They have several more locations elsewhere in Arkansas and also as far away as New Jersey and New Mexico. One of the Little Rock locations happened to be close to where we planned to go on Friday to run some errands, so we stopped for lupper.
Whole Hog Café has all the usual barbecue favorites - pulled pork, ribs, beef brisket, chicken and smoked sausage. The sandwiches are available in regular and jumbo sizes as are the plates. The cost of sandwiches ranges from $4.59 for a regular pulled pork to $7.99 for a jumbo brisket. Plates cost about $2 more and include two sides. Ribs are $8.99 for 4 bones to $20.99 for a full slab.
We were hungry for good old pulled pork, so we both had a jumbo pulled pork plate with potato salad and cole slaw for our sides.
The pork was tender and moist with just about the right amount of smoke. The sides were delish, too.
They have 7 different kinds of barbecue sauces that range from sweet molasses to southern vinegar and spice. The heat ranges from mild to what they call Volcano. We tried just about everything but the Volcano, and we both liked the southern.
On Saturday, we did our weekly cleaning chores in the morning then ran to the local Walmart and to Kroger to pick up a few groceries. Kroger is Margery's favorite grocery chain of all time, so we usually make a point of stopping when we get to an area where their stores are located.
Little Rock has a farmers' market on Saturdays in the downtown area along the riverfront that we have gone to in the past, but we found out about another farmers' market in the downtown area that is held on Sundays. The Saturday market is a big market with lots of produce, entertainment and a few crafts. The Sunday market is held adjacent to Bernice Garden, which is a small, urban garden. Since we like gardens, we decided to give the Bernice Garden Farmers' Market a try.
As expected, the market and garden were small, and they were both pretty artsy. The garden is filled with quirky sculptures.
Paul loves mosaics, and they had some nice ones that were supports for wooden benches. The abstract designs reminded us ocean of waves.
After we looked around a bit at the garden and the sculptures, we began to meander through the small market. The Saturday riverfront market has nice produce, and most of it is everyday vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, strawberries and melons that have been commercially grown. On the other hand, the market at Bernice Garden has a lot of specialty items, including several vegetables we have never even heard of, that are grown by small producers - most likely the vendors themselves. This time of year, the primary offerings were for specialty greens.
The Sunday market at Bernice Garden also had a few crafts like the jewelry shown below. The crafts were high end and well done.
There was a booth selling artisan cheese. They had some interesting types like habanero-cheddar. There was also a booth selling baked goods that were very tempting, but we have been eating out a lot lately, so we passed.
Another vendor was selling some very healthy-looking herb plants.
As we said, the market was small; but we enjoyed seeing things that were different from what we usually see. We also enjoyed the garden. If you want a large selection of regular produce, go the riverfront market on Saturday. However, if you want to see some unusual things, go the Bernice Garden Market on Sunday.
It was still early when we left the market, and we had another stop to make on the way back to the motor home. We'll tell you all about it in our next post.