by Kat Robinson
The market opens each day at 7am, and when the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market is underway it‘s packed, serving both farmers and patrons alike. Many come in just to check out the grocery section — it’s all still very new. But a good portion come in for breakfast.
And why shouldn’t they? All sorts of breakfasts available, like a plate breakfast special with eggs and bacon or biscuits with sausage gravy, all served up in the back at the meat and deli counter. They even serve up biscuits with chocolate gravy, imagine that.
That plate of quiche came over that counter about 5 minutes later, a big quarter-pie chunk of yellow and green in a crust with a pile of chopped melon and pineapple and some strawberry aioli to boot. I balanced my tray on top of the stroller and rolled up to the front.
I also picked a single sour cream glazed doughnut from the Community Bakery case up front and went to stand in line. Now, there were these trays there, big trays of fried pies made by a local guy who’d made an agreement to sell them there. I am a sucker for fried pies, and I found myself grabbing one at random and forking over the additional $1.49 when I got to the register. I had accumulated what could be considered a breakfast of champions.
The pie, too, was something else. The crust was on the crispy side, and within I discovered I’d picked up a peach pie. Yeah, I was that unconcerned with what I’d picked up — I just expected it to be good. The savory crust and ooey jam-thick peach filling did well to satisfy my sweet craving. Took half of the six inch pie home along with the doughnut to snack on later when I was in the mood for sweet.
I appreciate that Argenta Market is offering breakfast — while the neighborhood is blessed with restaurants, I don’t believe anyone’s been offering first-meal since Café La Pace closed last year. I like that they’ve paired up with Community Bakery to cover what they’re not already doing at the grocery — baked goods — but I will be interested to see if that changes. I’ve had some of the market’s house-made focaccia, and it’s a meal in itself.
One more bonus to having breakfast at Argenta Market — once you’ve finished your meal, you can pick up the next one. There are sandwiches for lunch, all sorts of stuff in that deli case to have them fish out for you, and a big case nearby with take-and-make items. There are some epicurean delights to be found there.
You’ll find Argenta Market on Main Street in North Little Rock right across from the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market at Sixth and Main. I hear Chef Shane’s whipping up cinnamon rolls for tomorrow morning’s breakfast. I may have to make a return trip. For more information, give the place a call at (501) 379-9980 or head over to the website.