Arkansas Grown & Made {Farm2Home 2016}

When we left off with Part I of this post I was over the moon because I was sampling gluten-free chocolate cake at the Farm2Home 2016 event at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Moutain farm. Farm2Home is an annual event that highlights the importance of buying locally grown foods and locally made products. And during the event, I had an opportunity to meet some of the local farmers who are producing Arkansas grown produce and meats.  As well as some of the local artisans who are creating Arkansas made products.

After eating my gluten-free cake, I tried a health tonic from Ozark Herbal Creations that was made from Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, Hot Peppers, Horseradish, Ginger, Onion, and Garlic. My husband is a big fan of drinking Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar every day and I wanted to buy him a bottle of this herbal tonic. But unfortunately, I didn’t have enough cash on me. So I need to check out their Esty shop to get him a bottle 🙂

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Next, I sampled some chocolate goat’s cheese that was made by White River Creamery.  It was actually really good too. At White River Creamery they make cheese from both goat’s and cow’s milk.

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Then I headed over to see what type of bread Ozark Natural Breads make. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they make sourdough bread.

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Some of you may know that I’m sensitive to gluten so I try to avoid eating it as much as possible. However, a few weeks ago I was watching the documentary Cooked on Netflix by Micheal Pollan. One of the episodes of this documentary is about we use air when cooking.  The “air” episode was about bread and how the Egyptians discovered how to make bread. Specifically, sourdough bread which needs the natural yeast that is present in the air to ferment and make the dough sour. The fermentation process makes it easier for your body to digest the grain. Therefore, some people who are sensitive to gluten can eat sourdough bread without any of the negative consequences.

Since watching the documentary I’d been wanting to try some sourdough bread that has gone through the fermentation process.  So I was super excited when I learned that Orzak Natural Breads makes sourdough bread the old fashioned way. The best part was that Ozark Natural Breads gave out bags with four loaves of bread in them including three different sourdough varieties.

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I ate about half of each of the sourdough loaves and I didn’t feel any of the achiness that I usually feel when I eat gluten. And all of the bread was really good 🙂

The meet and great portion of the event was almost over. So I made one more stop to sample some a cold treat from Loblolly Creamery. I was happy that Loblolly Creamery had a non-dairy option available. Their cucumber sorbet is really tasty and refreshing.

I love it that Loblolly Creamery makes ice cream and sweet treats using local and natural ingredients. They have a really cool ice cream food truck. Along with an old fashioned soda shop located in The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.

After meeting all of these wonderful local farmers and artisans. It made me want to buy even more Arkansas grown and Arkansas made items. Luckily, I was able to find some Arkansas grown peaches and tomatoes at Kroger last week. Sometimes, it can be hard to find locally grown and made items at the grocery store.  However, shopping at local farmers markets and CSAs makes it easy to find local items.  I know always enjoy shopping at my favorite farmers market to see what delicious Arkansas grown vegetables and fruits are available.

What’s your favorite item that is locally grown or locally made?

11 Comments

  • Reply Nerline Germain June 28, 2016 at 1:42 am

    My daughter is allergic to wheat. And you mentioning the gluten-free chocolate cake reminded me of her first real birthday cake. I love locally grown foods.
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  • Reply Dressed2dNines June 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t support local growers as much as I should. I definitely agree that they are the healthier and more cost effective option. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Tamara June 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I totally love sourdough bread. Here’s hoping using air helps.
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  • Reply Mrs. AOK June 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I would love to attend something like this. I haven’t been to a famers market here yet. I need to make that happen ASAP! I use to go all the time in IL & SC.
    I love bread, I’m just not sure it loves me back. 😀
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    • Reply Sonya July 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      I know how you feel, bread (aka gluten) doesn’t really love me back 🙁 That’s why I want to give sourdough a chance. I started my sourdough starter a few days ago and I can’t wait until it’s ready so I can bake some bread.

  • Reply Stacie July 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds like you had fun. I don’t really have a favorite locally grown product, but I love going to our Farmer’s market and trying the foods there.
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    • Reply Sonya July 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      I had a lot of fun 🙂

  • Reply robincharmagne July 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Sounds like you found some good stuff. I don’t look for locally grown but I do love a the Farmer’s Market. Wish one was closer to my house.
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    • Reply Sonya July 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      I did 🙂 It’s hard to shop local when you don’t have a farmer’s market close or a grocery store that sells local items.

  • Reply Louida July 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Sounds like you tried a lot of great stuff Sonya! I don’t have a favorite locally grown product. But I try to visit the Farmer’s Market whenever I can. #ProductReviewParty
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  • Reply LaKita July 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I love sourdough bread as well! So many delicious treats to choose from. The Farmer’s Market has some of the best food finds.
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