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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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Eating Local: 5 More Reasons to Become a Locavore (pt. 2)

It is interesting to think about the food situation on the Llano Estacado. It is one of the most heavily-farmed regions in the world, yet most people living here generally eat foodstuffs from elsewhere. One of the things Local Llano is most passionate about is increasing access to food from our region through the information … Continued

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Farmers Market Season on the Llano Estacado

We have experienced a season of exceptional rain here on the Panhandle High Plains. It has been years since spring showed up as it did this year, with timely moisture. It will be great to see the outcome at the local farmers market. Look for produce to be available in abundance and expect garlic, onions … Continued

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Creek House Honey Farm

Guest Post by Amy Pajewski It’s the science behind it that draws George and Paige Nester of Creek House Honey Farm in Canyon, Texas together to produce sweet, floral, and bright local honey. An intense love of the bees — an entire ecosystem in your hands — a world encompassed in a 10-frame wooden box, … Continued

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Food Allergies: Why They Weren’t A Problem of the Past

Food allergies have become a very popular topic in today’s conversation, and rightfully so. For any parent whose child has an allergic reaction to specific foods, the thought of sending that child into any public setting can be scary. Adults with these allergies sometimes don’t fare any better: finding that the very things they are … Continued

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The Basics of Aquaponic Gardening, Part 2

Last week, we shared a wealth of information about growing with aquaponics from Lubbock resident Spencer Stringer. Much of that post focused upon what aquaponics is, the advantages of growing with an aquaponics system (particularly for the Llano Estacado region), and the disadvantages that occur. In the second part of this series, we would like … Continued

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New Mexico Farmers Markets: Clovis and Portales

Texans aren’t the only ones enjoying all the delicious bounty the Llano Estacado has to offer this year. Our friends to the west in Clovis and Portales, New Mexico have a farmers’ market experience worth bragging about. Margie Plummer has played a big role int he success of both of these farmers markets. In this … Continued

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Midland’s Farmers Market

Guest post by Kimberly Kenedy On any Saturday morning from the beginning of April until the end of October, a little parking lot in the middle of Midland, Texas springs to life with a bustle of sights, smells, and people. At 8:30 a.m. 501 W. Texas Ave. transforms into the Midland Downtown Farmers’ Market, a … Continued

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The Oswalds: Growing Grapes on the Llano Estacado

Tyler and Jessica Oswald are the owners of Crazy Cluster Vineyard and are local producers who grow grapes near Brownfield, TX. They first began growing grapes with their parents about seven years ago. During that time, they learned valuable information about what varieties of grapes perform well in this region. This past spring, they decided … Continued

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Hugelkultur in the Llano Estacado Region

Hugelkultur is a German word that means “hill culture” or “mound culture”. It is a gardening or farming technique that involves using wood debris (branches, logs, twigs, etc), to create raised garden beds. While it may be a concept that seems new to us, it is a technique that has been used for hundreds of … Continued

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Farmers Markets in the Llano Estacado Region

Area farmers markets will be well underway by July 14th. With the recent moisture we have received, this year promises to hold much bounty for area localvores who want to enjoy produce that is grown and raised locally and sustainably. Photo Credit To help you stay aware of all markets in our area, we have … Continued

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