There is nothing better than an Arkansas grown strawberry. They are sweet and juicy and delicious and taste like spring. They are also fleeting. Strawberries in Arkansas have a very short season so you will want to be sure and get them soon after they begin to ripen!
When is Strawberry Season in Arkansas?
The strawberry season in Arkansas typically only lasts about 6 to 8 weeks. This is, of course, completely dependent on the weather. Strawberries in Arkansas usually begin to ripen in April as the weather warms and are usually finished by the end of May or early June.
More About Strawberries in Arkansas
You might be surprised to learn that as high as 90% of the Arkansas strawberry market is sold locally. Yes, we tend to keep these little red morsels all to ourselves. All I can say is bless the hearts of anyone who has never tasted a freshly picked Arkansas strawberry.
Strawberry season is a BIG deal around here. It’s almost cult-like. People wait anxiously for the announcement that the strawberries are ripening and then drive – sometimes long distances – to purchase their flats of strawberries right from the farm.
As more and more strawberries begin to ripen you can also find these delectable red delights at the local farmer’s markets.
If you go to the one of the locations listed below you will literally be buying Arkansas strawberries that may have been picked just an hour previously. Can’t get much fresher than that!!
Some of the farms even have the option for you to pick them yourself.
Famous Strawberry Shortcake
There are several restaurants around the state that will add a seasonal item to their menu using Arkansas strawberries.
One of the most famous of these dishes is the strawberry shortcake at the Bulldog Restaurant in Bald Knob.
The Bulldog is a well-known and popular diner that serves food and ice cream year round. However, during strawberry season in Arkansas the Bulldog Restaurant adds their special strawberry shortcake to the menu.
The strawberries are served over the diner’s soft serve ice cream along with the BEST flaky and delicious shortbread cookies. It is different than a traditional shortcake and so, so good. We HIGHLY recommend giving it a try!
Where to buy Arkansas Strawberries?
You can often find Arkansas strawberries in your local farmer’s markets. However, if you want to go straight to the source then here is a list of some of the best strawberry farms.
Holland Bottom Farms
Holland Bottom Farms is in Cabot, Arkansas. This is where I buy my strawberries for the year. Yes, I buy enough to make to freeze a bunch of them! It is so nice to pull out these berries on a cold January day and remember that spring is coming soon.
You will want to watch the Holland Bottom facebook page to know when the berries begin to ripen. They will also tell you the hours for they day and how many flats you are allowed to purchase.
NOTE: Be sure and check before you go because they sometimes run out of berries.
Address: 1255 Bill Foster Memorial Hwy, Cabot, AR 72023
Cadron Crest Orchard
Cadron Crest Orchard in Guy, Arkansas has both U-pick and prepicked strawberries. Keep an eye on their facebook page for hours and availability.
They offer peaches, blackberries and apples later in the season.
Address: 86 Mode Rd, Guy, AR 72061
Fenton’s Berry Farm
Fenton’s is located in the town of Harrison. The farm didn’t grow strawberries for 2021 and 2022. The good news is that they will have strawberries for 2023!
They also have blueberries and blackberries after the strawberries are done.
As always check their facebook page for updates!
Address: 7221 Fork Creek Rd Harrison, AR 72601
Mountain Home Berry Farm
The Mountain Home Berry Farm is located in the Central Arkansas city of Mountain Home. Family owned and operated and using natural farming methods they offer you-pick by appointment as well as pre-picked berries.
They have a berry season page on their website that you will want to check for details.
Address: 693 CR 57 Mountain Home, AR 72653
The Cabot Patch
I’m telling you that there is something in the soil around Cabot that causes the strawberries to be the sweetest ever!
The Cabot Patch is no exception.
Here is their facebook page. You should always check to know when the strawberries begin to ripen as well as opening days and hours.
Also they have two locations and you will want to see if strawberries are being offered at one or the other…or both!
Address: 3885 hwy 89 south Cabot, AR 72023 and/or 500 Mt Carmel rd Cabot, AR 72023
Barnhill Orchards is a veteran-owned, family-run farm. It is located in Lonoke.
They have a pretty farm corner market where you can pick up your strawberries, but during the growing season they can also often be found at Hillcrest Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and Bernice Gardens Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Both of those farmer’s markets are in Little Rock.
Address: 277 Sandhill Road Lonoke, AR 72086
Arnold Family Farm
Arnold Family Farm is in the town of Alma. They have a store on their farm where you can stop in and buy berries.
Here is the link to their facebook page.
Address: 7008 Hwy 71N Alma, AR 72921
Hope that you enjoy the strawberries in Arkansas as much as we do!
Here is a list of some of the other foods in Arkansas that you really need to try. You can also check out our list of pumpkin patches for the fall.
We also have a list of more great things to do in spring in Arkansas besides eat strawberries!
Thanks so much for stopping by!