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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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Local Producer Series: Sarita’s Organic Tortillas

It all happened naturally for Sarita’s Organic Tortillas. What began as a craving for freshly homemade tortillas turned into a local craze in Lubbock, TX. Sarah and Jay Castro, owners of Sarita’s Organic Tortillas are a customer favorite at the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market “We lived in the Mission District in San Francisco…hand-made, fresh tortillas … Continued

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Local Business Series: Scott’s Gourmet Salsa

Are you truly a Texan if you don’t like salsa?  It’s the conversation starter at a BBQ, the beautifully spicy centerpiece at a Super Bowl party, the zesty, rich topping to any solid chip, taco, or burger. Oh…and it’s fresh and healthy. WIN-WIN! Dr. Scott Howard has a successful career as a full-time chiropractor in … Continued

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‘Crazy Enough’ at Crazy Hoe Farms

The saying goes something like this: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” …and ‘crazy enough’ is just the push Amanda Brocato, owner of Crazy Hoe Farms, needed to start up a locally-owned farm in Wolfforth, TX. I had the chance to meet Amanda … Continued

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Food Systems: Regional and Industrial Food

We’re all about making it easier for Llano Estacado dwellers to experience our local food system. That’s why Local Llano exists. We’ve talked a lot about specific ways you can experience our foodshed (CSA, Farmers Market, Gardening), but we haven’t really discussed the big picture. What is a Food System and Why Does it Matter? … Continued

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Finding the Way to Your Foodshed

By Darryl Birkenfeld We just celebrated Labor Day—best known as the final vacation of summer. It is an interesting holiday because it falls squarely in the middle of the food harvest. Corn fields are ripening, cotton bolls begin to crack open and show their snow-white fiber. But I want to refer to that great river … Continued

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