Local Farm: Riverbend Gardens

Before Meiji opened, we searched for someone who could connect us to local growers to supply the restaurant. Meet Janet Bachmann. Janet’s farm, Riverbend Gardens, is on the banks of the White River just south of Fayetteville. She grows flowers and vegetables, specializing in a large variety of peppers. She’s a skilled farmer, but she’s also a people person, and if she doesn’t grow it, she knows someone who does. With Janet’s help, we’ve put together a stable of local growers to supply everything from mushrooms to Berkshire pork.

Locally grown bounty from Riverbend Gardens part of the ambiance at Meiji. All the ornamental bamboo in the restaurant and on our patio was harvested at Riverbend Gardens, and we’re planning to offer special dishes featuring tender bamboo shoots next spring.

We’re are especially excited about our next project with Janet: Black Edamame! We are researching varieties and seed sources, and we hope to offer Janet’s black edamame next summer.

Janet grows a tremendous variety of blooms–she grew gorgeous dahlias to order for Chef Darwin’s wedding reception.

This winter, Janet is growing tulips in her hoophouses to grace our tables on Valentine’s Day. (Make your reservation today–call (479) 521-5919–and you’ll take home some locally-grown tulips for your sweetheart.)

Experience the harvest of Riverbend Gardens at Meiji, or stop by and see Janet on the Square at Fayetteville Farmers’ Market.