In our previews and communication with the new Whole Foods on Bowman (opening today, 2/18) one of the things that intrigued us the most was the expanded local products in the new location.
Speaking with Whole Foods they have a local Forager (Kelly Landrieu) who is responsible for seeking out local companies and producers to include in the store. Thanks to the also announced Fayetteville Whole Foods this should get stronger over time, in fact you can easily see the NWA influence on many of the products.
While this is nowhere near a full list, here are some our favorite local products carried in the store. Whole Foods tells us to expect the list to change frequently as new suppliers are added.
Sweets and Snacks
Loblolly Creamery – Some of our favorite ice cream and it happens to be made right here in Little Rock. Whole Foods will carry all flavors which is a great thing.
The New Cheesecake Company – This Little Rock based cheesecake company is proclaimed by our Rock City Eats sweet writer, Daniel Walker, as one of the best cheesecakes he has eaten. Whole foods will initially offer four flavors: turtle, lemon-strawberry (gluten-free), vanilla blueberry (gluten-free), and vanilla bean (gluten-free).
My Brothers Salsa and Chips – Founded by Northwest Arkansas resident Helen Lampkin, My Brother’s makes some quality salsa and chips using carefully selected ingredients.
Sue’s Garden – Local farm featuring both organic and conventional crops year round.
Little Rock Urban Farm – Organic urban farm located in Little Rock. Initially Whole Foods will feature two of their salad mixes in produce.
White River Creamery – Cheese and dairy producer featuring both goat and cow milk produced products.
Westrock Coffee – Quality coffee producer located in (you guessed it) West Little Rock. Westrock works closely with the bean producers in Africa to support and give back to the local families growing the beans.
Arsagas – Small batch Arabica bean coffee roaster located in Fayetteville.
Mountain Bird Coffee and Tea – A “RAINFOREST ALLIANCE” certified roaster located in North West Arkansas, offering gourmet coffees, from sustainable farms in Central and South America.
Onyx Coffee (coming soon) – Our personal favorite Arkansas-based coffee roaster. Located in Springdale Onyx works through direct relationships with farms to carefully source beans.
Diamond Bear Brewing – (available bottled) Little Rock’s longest operating brewery, Diamond Bear offers a wide variety of beers brewed in North Little Rock.
Lost Forty Brewing – (tap-room) Lost Forty opened earlier this year and has quickly become some of Little Rock’s favorite brew. Whole Foods will offer a variety of Lost Forty beers in the tap-room with growler fills available.
Caitlin’s Super Natural – Fayetteville-based all natural deodorant. Will be in next week due to weather.
Bella Vita Jewelry – Locally designed and crafted jewelry. Made using found objects, natural stones.
Nakia Amour – Local hair care line produced in Little Rock.
Ozark Cards – Greeting and special occasion cards designed and manufactured in Fayetteville. Cards are all original pen & ink designs, printed and glittered by hand.