History of our farm

             Awards and Accolades

  • 2016 Tomato "Taste Test" Winner at Memphis Farmers Market
  • 2015 Memphis Farmers Market Cream of the Crop Award
  • 2014 Mississippi County Farm Family of the Year
  • 2014 Northeast Arkansas Farm Family of the Year
  • 2012 Arkansas Delta Byways Hospitality Award for Agri-tourism
  • 2010 East Arkansas Development Regional Business Pacesetter Award
  • 2010 Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism Henry Award
  • 2009 Arkansas Delta Byways Agri-Entrepreneur Award
  • 2008 Northeast Arkansas Agricultural Leader Award

Thank you for visiting our page! 
 Whitton Farms is a small, Certified Naturally Grown farm, located in the scenic ​​Arkansas Delta.  
We grow a wonderful assortment of produce, herbs, transplants, and breathtaking cut flowers.

In the spring of 2010, we opened our very own farm to table restaurant!  We grow produce specifically for our restaurant.  We are blessed with a fabulous team who believe in the local food mission, so if you're ever in Memphis, Tennessee, please check out our restaurant Trolley Stop Market!  It's farmer owner and operated, and super family - friendly.  We serve delicious Claybrook Farm Burgers, made from scratch pizzas, lunch plate specials that revolve around what's in season, salads, wraps, desserts, and some of the best locally brewed beer in the region! Come see us today!

www.trolleystopmarket.com  901-526-1361

​In the early 1900's, Leona Wells Forrester, Keith's Great Grandmother, a widow with four children, settled in Whitton, Arkansas.  Leona came to Whitton to seek life as a sharecropper as a means to support her family.  For many years she, and her sons worked as sharecroppers, and through those humble beginnings, the Forrester Family farming legacy was born. 
Jess Forrester, son of Leona, 
and his wife Helen, took on the responsibility of growing the farm.  Over the next several years Jess spent many days behind a mule and plow, raised show horses, and was able increase the family's acreage tenfold.  Jess and Helen were blessed with 5 children, and after decades of raising crops, Jess was able to retire from farming.  Eventually the land was passed on to Jess and Helen's children, Doug, Willis, Bob, and Phillip.  Peggy, their daughter, passed away at the tender age of 3.   

Phillip Forrester, son of Jess and Helen, (Keith's Dad), married Mary Virginia, together they spent the next several decades raising cotton and soybeans.  Phillip and Mary Virginia had 3 children, Mary Helen, Paul, and Keith.  In 1974, The Phillip Forrester Family was named Farm Family of the Year representing Mississippi County, Arkansas.  For many years, Phillip made refurbished farm equipment during the winter months, served on the local bank board, and school board in Wilson, Arkansas.   Mary Virginia taught school, and took great care and pride in the raising of their three children.  In 1996, Phillip retired from farming.  He passed shortly thereafter due to ALS.  A scholarship at Arkansas State University was established in his honor by family and friends.  Mary has since remarried and still lives close to the farm.  She spends her free time loving on her children and grandchildren alike.

In 2002, Keith and Jill Forrester moved back to the house Jess Forrester built, to reside at the farm.  The following year, Keith and Jill decided to take their plot of land in a different direction by growing fresh produce, herbs, and cut flowers. After specialty crop farming for twelve years, Keith and Jill Forrester were named Mississippi County's, and Northeast Arkansas' Farm Family of the year, (2014) exactly forty years after Phillip and Mary had represented the county. 

Fast forward to 2017, we've been farming fourteen years now, and have an incredible 5 year old son, and several critter friends we care for, and care for us.  We spend many days scouting at the land, and dreaming of ways in which to leave it better than we found it. 

We are often asked, "What do we enjoy most about farm life?"  Here's a few examples of what we do for fun out in the country!  We thoroughly enjoy eating straight from the field, especially raw corn on the cobb, and chilled out Orangeglo watermelons.  We build forts, play in the sprinkler, throw the disc, dig in the dirt, wrestle, collect bugs, listen to birds, and all kinds of music, cut flowers, grill out - a lot, look for bird's nests, take Bertha the Bus to Birdsong while eating popsicles, and visit our Grandparents as much as we can.  All sounds romantic, but I can assure you the nitty-gritty exists as well, and we're happy to share those experiences as too! 
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about our family farming tradition.
All our best, Jill Forrester


  • At Whitton Farms we work closely with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and are currently enrolled in the high tunnel, irrigation, and mulch programs they offer. ​
  • We love growing heirloom crops, because seed saving is an integral part of our sustainable farming plan.
  • Creating our own compost is a fundamental practice for the health and vigor of our vegetable, herbs, and flowers. 
  • Crop diversification provides consistent income throughout each season, which keeps our team employed year round.
  • Companion planting is always in practice at the farm
  • We plant a substantial variety of perennial crops that regenerate year after year which reduces the tillageat the farm.
  • We allow specific plots of land to remain fallow for years at a time.

What Sustainable means to us!

Our Restaurant!

​​We take joy in growing bountiful, rich soil through sustainable farming practices.  Year after year, we incorporate aged animal and green manures into our fields.  We plant the following cover crops: daikon radishes, vetch, rye, crimson clover, peas, and rape.  Over the past 13 years we've planted approximately 1000 trees to create habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife.   We are 4th generation farmers who work daily to honor the land that has been so graciously passed down to us.