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Gross Family, West Central District Farm Family of the Year

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The Gross family of Hot Springs (Garland County) is the West Central District Farm Family of the Year. The family includes Steve and Stacy, Scott and Kay, and Billy and Mary, parents of Steve and Scott. They have a diverse farm on 1,280 acres which consists of hay, timber, beef cattle, pigs, chickens, and horses. The family...

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Fresh Cucumber and Peach Salad with Mint

By    Posted in Arkansas Recipes, Farmers Markets, Salad, Side Items

This morning I counted 13 HUGE cucumbers loitering on my countertop, harvested from the family community garden at my in-laws property. Thirteen! Hanging out next to them are bags of green zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and a pile of gorgeous tomatoes. Last night, Dennis and I both ate two tomatoes apiece as a main portion of...

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Sloan and Rhonda Hampton family, Southeast District Farm Family of the Year

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The Sloan and Rhonda Hampton family of Stuttgart (South Arkansas County) is the Southeast District Farm Family of the Year. They farm 1,600 acres of rice and soybeans, have 3,000 acres of wildlife habitat, and 500 acres of Conservation Reserve Program land. Since beginning to farm 22 years ago, Sloan has increased his acreage from...

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Cinnamon Basil Pesto {TriCycle Farms – Community Through Soil}

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Urban, suburban and community gardens offer an opportunity to have access to fresh and healthy produce. TriCycle Farms is a community urban farm right in the middle of Fayetteville. I recently visited the farm and was blown away by the abundance produced there. I was particularly drawn to their cinnamon basil, so I thought I’d...

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Simple Syrup Really is Simple {Kitchen Tip Tuesday}

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Have mercy, it is hot in my part of The Natural State this week and the only good drinks are iced cold ones. I learned at an early age that any hostess worth her salt will have a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade sitting in the refrigerator ready to refresh a wilting guest. But, any kind of sweetener has trouble dissolving in a glass...

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ASU Farmers Market ~ Jonesboro {National Farmers Market Week}

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The ASU Regional Farmers Market’s mission is to develop and operate a locally-owned and operated  farmers market in Jonesboro and the surrounding area. The market was created to give the small farmer, craftsperson, and plant grower a local marketplace for their products, as well as to provide the community access to its own local...

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