Local Foods & COVID-19 Resources
Overview of Local Foods From Farms and Food Businesses
*Food Businesses include farm stands, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) businesses, restaurants, small grocers, food trucks, Arkansas-made food manufacturers, and cottage food producers
Local farms and food business are on the frontline helping Arkansans and the rest of Americans during this challenging time as we manage response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our food system is strong, dynamic, and critical to the success of our state and country. Local farms and food businesses are working hard to provide healthy, safe food to their consumers. As you fulfill this essential role at this critical time, you may be facing unique challenges which could change at any moment.
Local Foods Open Space Discussion
Join us for a periodic open space discussion with the local foods community. We invite farms, food stands, farmers markets, CSA's, small grocers, cottage food businesses, farm-to-school programs, restaurants, pop-up food shops, and other food businesses to attend. The sessions will start with a short presentation on a relevant topic followed by an open discussion and Q&A. Please register for FREE, and you may participate via ZOOM or by phoning in. These discussions are recorded and available for viewing at a later date by clicking the "View Recordings" link below.
Next Discussion: Topic and Date/Time TBD
Missed a previous discussion? View the recordings by clicking below.
Arkansas COVID-19 Food Access Map
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many aspects of life to change, having access to local foods is still possible. Farmers markets, farm stands, food pantries, as well as community and school meal programs are still providing Arkansans access to healthy, local foods.
Use the Arkansas COVID-19 Food Access Map for current information on where to find local foods.
Want to add a food resource to the map?
In addition to preventing the transmission of coronavirus, farms and food businesses are navigating workforce concerns, shifting markets, and production planning. We would like to share a few updates and resources to keep you informed and prepared. Below are general recommendations and considerations for all farms and food businesses followed by sections for specific business categories.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to any of the Local Food Systems team members.