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Juicy Lucy’s Legacy: Mobile Farmers Pantry’s Road to Success

By Hattie Robb, Local Llano Intern (Nazareth, TX) Juicy Lucy’s mobile produce truck gives locally grown food a whole new meaning with its portable farmers market that offers fresh produce year-round. I had the chance to meet with the owner and founder of Juicy Lucy, Lucinda Mann, to discuss how she turned her small garden … Continued

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Eat Locally For Thanksgiving

Fall has truly begun to make itself known this time of year. We hope you all find yourselves safe and warm in the recent chilly temperatures. As you find yourselves indoors this week, it’s a great time to make plans for Thanksgiving dinner that is just around the corner. If you would like fare from … Continued

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Eat Locally, Even in Winter

The transition from Summer to Fall is a beautiful thing. The landscape of the Llano Estacado is particularly vibrant this year, with a wide range of colors portrayed in changing leaves, grassland, and striking sunsets. For a localvore, however, the coming of Fall is a little bittersweet. The changing of the leaves is a visible … Continued

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Growing Fall Crops in the Llano Estacado Region

While Fall may mean the end of summer, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your garden. Here are some crops that do well in our region in the Fall, as well as tips for growing fall crops in the Llano Estacado region. Kale, Swiss chard, and celery will all grow well in the … 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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Lessons From a Home Gardener, Part 2

Today we are continuing our two-part series interviewing local home gardener Zach Schwab. In the first post, Zach shared why first attracted him to home gardening and some of this favorite resources. Like many home gardeners, Zach’s work for his garden begins long before the summer season occurs, usually in early January. In order to … Continued

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The Basics of Food Preservation

As August rolls by, our local farmers markets are reaching their peak seasons for production of delicious fruits and vegetables. Now is a perfect time to preserve as much of this year’s produce, as possible. While freezing fruits and vegetables are a great option for smoothies, some pastries, and soups and casseroles, it’s an option … 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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Growing Food with Hydroponics

“There’s nothing new under the sun,” the old saying goes, and it could not be more true in regards to growing your own food. While many techniques and ideas arise and gain new popularity, few of them are brand new. This is true of hydroponics, the technique of growing plants in water. The practice has … Continued

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A Great Recipe to Preserve Summer Produce

By now, farmers and producers in the Llano Estacado region have begun to see the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. One fruit that does particularly well in this area is squash. But, as any Estacado producer can attest, its abundance can be a bit overwhelming. While there are many recipes to enjoy both yellow … 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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