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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: E3 Farm

When he’s not ranking in the top 10 at Texas FFA agronomy competitions, playing baritone in his marching band, attending networking events, or doing homework, Ethan Carter is building a business with his hands in the soil. At the youthful age of 15, Ethan has delved into a full-time project that has exceeded his expectations, … Continued

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Paidom Meats

Alan Birkenfeld, of Nazareth, TX. is truly a stand-alone in the field of food production in the Llano Estacado. With a background in agriculture on the family farm, Alan was prepped for a life on the land. After finishing graduate school in August of 1994, Alan paved his own way, and became a pioneer of … Continued

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Mark Your Calendars, Locavore Season is Here!

Gear up for Saturday mornings! Farmers Market Season is here! With a variety of leafy greens, fresh breads, zesty jellies and more, these markets are sure to meet your heart’s desire. Check out a schedule for markets near you:  Lubbock’s Downtown Farmers Market opened June 3rd and goes through October 28th. Market opens on Saturday mornings … Continued

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Wolf Creek Farms and Ravenhouse Bakery

“I’ve got all of that property out there…wonder what I could do with it?” -Wolf Kuhlemeier, 2008 Fast forward to 2017, when Wolf and Alex Kuhlemeier have proven themselves pioneers as local producers in the Llano Estacado region. As a co-founder and past President of the West Texas Growers and Producers Association, Wolf is a … 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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Eating Local: 4 Reasons to Become a Locavore (pt. 1)

Farmers market season is getting off to a great start here in the Llano Estacado region. We had great amount of rainfall that will no doubt be wonderful for independent farmers throughout the region. As you probably already know, our goal at Local Llano is to allow our region’s inhabitants the opportunity to better “experience … 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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Raising Backyard Chickens: How to Care for your Coop

This is the second post in our two-part series on raising backyard chickens. In the last post, we covered some of the more practical issues of raising chickens, including how to decide which type of coop you should build and planning for food and water for your chickens. In this second part, we will discuss … Continued

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Raising Backyard Chickens: Planning First

When people begin the journey into growing and raising their own food, their first step is to grow a home garden. Many who do want to know more ways they can raise food of their own to replace what they would normally buy in a store. A next step is to raise chickens in your … Continued

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Raising New Mexico Dahl Sheep

We recently shared about raising Dall Sheep in the Llano Estacado region. Following that email, we were fortunate to receive a response from Justin Trammell, who has been raising the New Mexico variety of Dahl sheep on his homestead. Read Justin’s response below: Photo Credit “I decided to raise the New Mexico Dahl sheep because … Continued

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Raising Dall Sheep on the Llano Estacado

When people think about raising livestock in the Llano Estacado region, their first thought is usually of cattle grazing the plains. But they might be surprised to find that raising sheep is also gaining currency on the Staked Plains. One breed in particular that is beginning to make a mark is the Texas Dall. The … 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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