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Keeter’s Meat Company-Tulia, TX

Keeter’s Meat Company is not your average processor. This fourth generation, family-owned business is a (custom) cut above the rest…no pun intended. As I sat down with Jerry and Devin, 3rd and fourth generation owners of the business respectively, they explained to me what sets them apart: their custom cuts and emphasis on quality customer … Continued

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Local Producer Series: Tománek Farms, LLC

The Tománek Family Farm has had a name in the great state of Texas since 1907, when Joseph and Anna Tománek sailed from Czechoslovakia to Galveston, TX. In 1921, the family settled in Gilliland, Texas and raised eight children. Fast forward to 2016, when great-granddaughter, Sara Tománek Norman, decided to keep the name alive, introducing … Continued

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10 Healthy Recipes

It’s the start of a NEW YEAR! Every person may have their own goals to accomplish in 2018 or focus on a particular word/phrase. If your new year’s resolution is to focus on healthy foods this roundup of 10 healthy recipes is for you and our family. We’ve personally tried many of these dishes and … Continued

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10 Christmas Recipes

Christmas is one week away and you may be needing some ideas for breakfast, dinner, cocktails, and desserts. Local Llano has created a roundup of 10 Christmas recipes that everyone can enjoy. Let’s start off with #1. Mistletoe Margaritas from How Sweet Eats #2 Garlic Butter Herb Prime Rib from the Recipe Critic #3 Cranberry Salsa from the … Continued

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Introducing Hunger and Horticulture

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Each holiday season, something special happens: diverse groups come together, we surrender our differences, and kindness is spread throughout. This month, we sat down with Andrew Black, Regional Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative to learn about the many acts of kindness and collaboration that are happening with the … Continued

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Kelle B Jammin’

“I can’t just jam a few days a week. I wanna jam every day!” She’s hip, she’s innovative, she’s passionate: Meet Kelle Barnard, who ‘b jammin’’ all day, errday.  In an era where making jam seems to be a dying craft, Kelle B. Jammin’ is bringing back the spirit of using local products to create … Continued

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Local Producer Series: Tir Bluen Farm

“If we take care of the soil to start with, the land will take care of us.” Meet Justin Trammell, owner of Tir Bluen Farms in Amarillo, TX. Justin is a young farmer well versed in the world of regenerative agriculture and eco-farming in the Texas Panhandle. “These are relatively new terms. However, I believe … Continued

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Cold Weather on the Llano Estacado

Your garden requires extra care and attention as temperatures drop and fall steadily transforms into winter. In West Texas, you’ll need to evaluate the climate – including the length of the cold season – and the type of extra care needed to help plants survive the season. The following are techniques that can help your … Continued

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Got Milk? Coursey Family Farm Goat Dairy

Goats: The cure for all things, like, ever.  Itchy Skin? Try homemade soap. Grumbly tummy? Try goat milk. Need a good laugh? GOATS.   Thanks to local dairy goat farmers, Mike and Annette Coursey, of Coursey Family Farm, the Llano Estacado has access to fresh goat milk, yogurt and kefir, and nourishing soaps and body … Continued

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Pumpkin Capital USA

“There’s a pumpkin for everyone… and everything!”  On your drive up South Ralls Highway headed to Floydada, TX, you can’t miss the colorful pumpkin patches on either side of the road. Known as the Pumpkin Capital USA, Floydada, Texas has a heritage in growing uniquely edible and decorative ‘punkins’ of all kinds. Each year, Floydada … Continued

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Jack-o-Lanterns 101

Pumpkin carving may seem simple but we’re here to tell you that in the game of yearly Jack-o-Lantern carving, it’s serious business. There’s a lot to pumpkin carving that you might not realize! Thinking deeper about something that seems so simple can expand consciousness for locality, conservation, and family-fun. History of Jack-o-Lanterns As soon as October … Continued

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Local Business Series: The Coffee Shop

The land of Lubbock is vast and friendly, with a uniquely quiet downtown atmosphere. Unlike the hustle and bustle of metropolises across America, Downtown Lubbock brings a taste of the Big City, to the “Lil’ Big City.” On any given weekday, as you stroll down Broadway street, you will be welcomed by lawyers, CEOs, artists, … Continued

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Canning 101

The process of canning has been around for centuries and is still widely used today. Canning is a method of preserving food that allows you to store food contents for long periods – even several years. Canning methods used today – i.e., the use of a two-part canning lid – dates to the early 20th … Continued

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