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
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.
Beautiful House & Landscaping
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.
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.
Next up, I sampled Arkansas grown strawberries and blackberries.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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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 🙂