Arkansas Made & Grown {Farm2Home 2016}

Arkansas Made

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending Arkansas’ Farm2Home 2016 which was held at P. Allen Smith’s beautiful Moss Moutain Farm.  The purpose of this event was to allow Arkansas farmers and artisans to meet up with local influencers (bloggers) to help get their stories told.  I meet so many wonderful Arkansas farmers and artisans at Farm2Home and I wanted to give you guys a recap of my day. But I’ll also have some feature blog posts to share more about the individual Arkansas farmers and artisans that I had a chance meet on Tuesday.

P. Allen Smith & Moss Mountain Farm

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First off, let me share a little about P. Allen Smith who was gracious enough to host Farm2Home 2016 at his beautiful home at Moss Mountain Farm. P. Allen Smith is a local of Arkansan who is a nationally known author, television host, entrepreneur, and conservationist. You can catch his home and garden television shows on PBS and youtube. He designed his Moss Mountain home and farm with the intentions of making it like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. He also wanted it to be sustainable and a place where others could come and learn. And I have to say he has accomplished all of these things.

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Beautiful House & Landscaping

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One of the first things that you notice when you arrive at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm is just how beautiful his home and the accompanying landscaping are. The home has been beautifully built to look as if it has been there since the 1800’s. There is an assortment of flowers and shrubs surrounding the house that beautifully compliment the house. Plus, there is a giant oak tree that is over 300 years that is right in front of the house. We would gather underneath this beautiful oak tree several times during the day of our visit.  Visiting P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain is a must if you love home tours.

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Arkansas Made & Grown

After an initial welcome to Moss Mountain Farm by P. Allen Smith, the influencers were given a chance to meet and talk with the farmers and artisans. This was a lot of fun because I got a chance to meet a lot of interesting people. One of my first stops was to sample some Arkansas made chocolate made by Rick Boosey of Kyya Chocolate.  I tried a few milk and dark chocolates and they were all delicious. I even bought one of the chocolate bars so I could share it with my family.

Just tried some yummy KYYA chocolates at Farm 2 Home 2016 #ARGrown #ARMade #BuyLocal #Farm2Home #chocolate

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Next up, I sampled Arkansas grown strawberries and blackberries.

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After sampling berries, I scored a very nice gift bag of  some Arkansas made skin care products by Serenity Naturals. The gift bag included some handmade soap, bug spray, and a facial moisturizer.  So far I’ve tried the bug spray once and I’m happy to report that I didn’t get any mosquito bites. I’m excited to continue using the Serenity Naturals bug spray throughout the summer.

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Next, I chatted with Terry Cokes of Farnsworth Foods. Terry makes gourmet foods based off the recipes that she learned from her grandmother. Farnsworth Foods offers a variety of items including English Toffee, Spiced Pecans, and relishes that can be found in specialty shops around Arkansas.

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After sampling several treats, I was ready for something to drink. So I stopped to try out some Arkansas made lemonade and sweet tea from Aretha’s Beverages.  I sampled their Sweet Basil Strawberry Lemonade, Aretha Spice Jar Punch, and Aretha’s Sweet Tea.  I really loved both of the lemonade flavors. So I bought one of each so I could take them home and share them with my family. They loved the lemonades just as much as I did.

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One of the biggest highlights of the day for me was finding out that Ruth from Dogwood Hills Guest Farm was serving gluten-free Chocolate Cake and cornbread!!! I love chocolate cake, but I haven’t had very much of it in the last three years since I’ve gone gluten-free. So I was overjoyed to try Ruth’s chocolate cake and it was delicious.  Ruth and her family actually run a working farm and bed & breakfast. So families can stay on the farm and get the experience of working on the farm while on vacation. I definitely want to go to Dogwood Hills Guest Farm with my family so that we can gather eggs, milk a cow, and get a taste of farm life. Plus, I’m hoping Ruth will have some of the chocolate cake when we visit 🙂

This post is running really long so I’m going to end it here. Then continue my recap of my day at Farm2Home 2016 in another blog post. I was at Moss Moutain all day, so I have a lot more to share 🙂

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24 Comments

  • Reply Tamara June 17, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I’m going to have to have one of everything! The lemonade looks awesome. We have a pretty wonderful farmers market here and I absolutely love to buy local.
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    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      The lemonade was really good. I wish it was sold at the Whole Foods near me because I really want some more 🙂

  • Reply Jenny Marrs June 17, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Perfect recap of the day! It was such an awesome day and there is so much to share- definitely worth two posts:)! It was great meeting you!

    • Reply Sonya June 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Hey, it was nice meeting you too! Let me know how your daughter’s twists turn out 🙂

  • Reply Amila @ Food Corner June 17, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Al these products and samples look awesome.I like the view of the house and garden.It seems you had great time there.
    #ProductReviewParty
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    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Hey Amila, I had a really great time. It was nice meeting so many new people and trying out their products and produce 🙂

  • Reply Stacie June 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I love the old fashioned feel of this farm. I just love handmade soaps and treats. I would have stocked up for sure!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      The farm was such a lovely place. It makes me want to live somewhere on a few acres 🙂

  • Reply Antionette Blake June 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    When I saw that lemonade on your IG page I was sold – so glad that you provide more information about this farm. #ProductReviewParty

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      The lemonade is really good. I just wish it was sold closer to where I live. And the farm is a really great place to visit.

  • Reply Melanie Frost June 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Chocolate buttermilk? OMG that looks amazing. What a beautiful post. The farm is so lovely. #ProductReviewParty

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      The cake was really good and you couldn’t even tell it was gluten-free.

  • Reply Louida June 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I love how the farm looks, I’m starting to get into old fashion style structured homes. What a great day you had girl, you got to try out some great stuff. I want to try some of that lemonade. Yum! #ProductReviewParty

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      I loved the look of this home. It was even more beautiful inside.
      That lemonade was really good 🙂 I just I had bought more of it.

  • Reply Erika Bonaldo June 19, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    You had me at that Chocolate Cake and the Lemonade! lol. #ProductReviewParty #112

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Those were both delicious.

  • Reply LaKita June 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    So many delicious treats!! How can a person choose just one 😉
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      There were so many delicious Arkansas made goodies 🙂

  • Reply Nerline Germain June 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I don’t remember ever seeing such a big lemon. The pictures are beautiful. What a breathtaking place!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Haha…that is a big lemon 🙂

  • Reply Heather June 22, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Love your recap! This event was so eye-opening and fun for me. I really want to take my stepkids back. Sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet, but I’m following all of your great posts now. 🙂
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks, Heather! I had a lot of fun too and learned a lot. I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet too. Hopefully, we will get a chance to meet in the future 🙂

  • Reply Michelle June 24, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I love supporting our local farmers and businesses. Today I visited many local vendors and you learn so much in the love they put into their products. Thanks for sharing today.
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      It’s always nice to get a chance to try local products and get to know the people who are making them. I’m glad you enjoyed your day 🙂

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