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A West Texas Farmer’s Guide to Keeping Poultry, Part I

By Justin Trammell (Canyon, TX)   African, American Buff and Toulouse Geese at Tir Bluen Farm   Over the past 6 years, I have kept just about every domestic poultry you can think of including: chickens (both production and heritage breeds), ducks, turkey, geese, and even guinea fowl. My methods of raising them have changed … 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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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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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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Local Producer Series: McPherson Cellars

There’s nothing like sipping on fine wine. For a day out on the town, a relaxing night at home, or a Thursday patio night with local food and music, look no further than Lubbock winery, McPherson Cellars.  Conveniently located in downtown Lubbock, McPherson Cellars is a winery worth a visit! Whether you prefer white or … 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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Local Gastropub: The Crafthouse

Pineapple Upside Down Donut. Mac & Cheese W/ Bacon Crust. The All-American Burger. French Bread Pizza. Dry-Aged Ribeye… Shiner Bock German Chocolate Cake! If your mouth isn’t watering by now, how about a cold mug filled to the brim with your choice of over 18 freshly tapped brews? Welcome to The Crafthouse, Lubbock’s authentically eclectic … 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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Local Producers: Pumpkin Edition

Tis the season of pumpkins!   Every year around Halloween, pumpkins start popping up everywhere. Of course, you can go to an everyman’s grocery store and pick out a pumpkin from the bin, but what’s more satisfying than getting a local pumpkin from a farm you can visit yourself?   Around here, there are a … Continued

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Chaparral Cactus & Succulents

Amarillo has plenty of character when it comes to its charm and right outside the busy streets, there is a charismatic little spot called Chaparral Cactus & Succulents. At Chaparral you can find a specialization of cactus and succulents that will thrive in the south plains.                   … Continued

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