Saturday To-Do: Celebrate Local Food @ Bountiful Arkansas Day!


Locally raised and produced food has been called “the new organic” – better tasting, better for the environment, better for local economies and better for your health. Celebrate Arkansas’ local foods and come to the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain for Bountiful Arkansas Day, a hands-on day of tasting and learning about locally grown produce from Arkansas. Join us Saturday, July 11, for the following activities and more:

  • Horticulture Workshops
  • Tomato Tasting
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures Program featuring the authors of The 100-Mile Diet
  • Musical Entertainment by Runaway Planet
  • Second Saturday Chef’s Series Culinary Arts Class
  • Heritage Farmstead Garden Tours
  • Exhibits and Vendors

Local food will be served in River Rock Grill during lunch and dinner.
Lunch Buffet – $15 | Dinner Buffet – $25


Want to know where your food comes from? Grow your own! Two horticulture workshops will teach participants which fruit and vegetable varieties grow best in Arkansas and will also provide tips on how to plant these varieties in your own backyard. Each workshop limited to 30 participants.

Best Vegetables to Grow in Your Backyard Garden
10 – 11 a.m. | $15 | Teaching Barn, Heritage Farmstead
Instructor: Dr. Obadiah Njue, Horticulture Specialist
UA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service

Best Fruits to Grow on Your Property
2 -3 p.m. | $15 | Teaching Barn, Heritage Farmstead
Instructor: Dr. Elena Garcia, Horticulture Specialist
UA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service


For a $5 tasting fee, experience the flavors of 20 different varieties of locally grown tomatoes, including many heirloom varieties. Tomato Tasting will be ongoing from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the President’s Lodge Great Room.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. | FREE | Show Barn Hall

Vancouver journalists Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon, authors of Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet, will be the speakers for our Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures program.

When Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that the average ingredient in a North American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate, they decided to launch a simple experiment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate. For one year, they would only consume food that came from within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apartment. The 100-Mile Diet was born.

While there is no cost to attend the lecture, seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

6:30 p.m. | FREE | Outdoor Stage (next to President’s Lodge)

Founded in 2001, Little Rock bluegrass band Runaway Planet evolved out of a long-time friendship between members and a mutual love for traditional string-band music. Their music is a mix of hard-driving bluegrass, three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and original songs. Visit their Web site at to learn more.

Sold out – limited to 24 participants

Registered participants will learn how to prepare sustainable summer feasts using the abundance of produce available from local farmers. They will explore the diversity of meat and vegetable dishes that can be created using fresh ingredients from Arkansas. Lessons on preserving fruits and vegetables will make it possible to eat local all year long.


Take a guided tour through our Heritage Farmstead gardens and attend roving “Ask the Expert” sessions about our orchard, vineyard and vegetable garden around 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Orchard Q & A
Dan Chapman, Fruit Research Station Resident Director
UA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, Clarksville

Vineyard Q & A
Audrey House, Owner
Chateau Aux Arc Vineyard and Winery, Altus

Vegetable Garden Q & A

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Heritage Farmstead

Get in touch with farmers and other vendors who can provide you with locally grown, fresh produce. The following fresh vegetable vendors and local food and sustainability education vendors will be available on Bountiful Arkansas Day:

Commercial Vendors:

  • Bean Mountain Farms
  • Chateau Aux Arc Vineyard and Winery
  • Foodshed Farm Basket a Month CSA
  • Hocott’s Nursery
  • Master Gardener, County 76 Program
  • Petit Jean Honey Farm
  • Post Familie Vineyard and Winery
  • The Root Café
  • The Station Grocery & Deli
  • Willow Springs Market Garden

Educational Vendors:

  • Arkansas Earth Institute
  • Arkansas Sustainability Network
  • Backyard Garden Project
  • Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage
  • Conway County Cooperative Extension Service, UA Division of Agriculture
  • Conway Locally Grown
  • Petit Jean Extension Homemakers Club

To register for the event, visit the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute website at


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