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Last Tuesday I was invited, along with my fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers, out to P. Allen Smith’s garden home, Moss Mountain, for the #Farm2Home2015 event. I had never been to Moss Mountain before this so I was super excited to get to tour the farm and learn more about shopping local and supporting my local farmers.
The first thing we did was shop at a market of booths featuring local Arkansas farmers. There were booths with handmade soaps and lotions, cheese, breads, fudge, sauces, ice-cream, meat, jellies, and pretty much anything you can think of. I shopped to my hearts content and came home with some really yummy stuff.
I really loved talking to all of the people at the booths and hearing about their products. I love learning the stories about their products and how they got started and trying all of the goodies I was offered!! And now I’m enjoying all of the yummy stuff I bought!
After shopping we got be a part of a panel discussion featuring some of the same local famers that featured their products at the market. It was called Arkansas Grown and was about learning how we can support our local farmers by not only buying their product but by going to restaurants that feature their products and just really getting the word out.
After the panel discussion we got to tour the Moss Mountain Farm House and it was amazing. Can I please just take up residence on the sleeping porch?
After the tour we got to eat lunch which was supplied by local farmers and it was delicious! I will definitely be buying Arkansas Grown meats and veggies from now on. You can tell a difference in the food, it just tasted so much better!!
We let our food digest while taking a tour of all of the gardens at Moss Mountain. First we got to see the Vegetable Garden and I totally took a selfie because why not?? LOL!
Next we toured the rose garden…
…and finished up by going back to the house through some more gardens.
We wound down from all of our outdoor touring by participating in another panel, this one about Arkansas Made. We learned that a lot of schools in the area are starting to grow their own food and getting local veggies from farmers. Who awesome is that? I think it’s important for kids to know where their food comes from and being a part of the process is even better!!
After the panel discussion we got to tour the Poultry Palace aka Poultryville. P. Allen Smith is part of a genetic poultry program that saves heritage breeds of chickens and geese that would have otherwise died out.
The last thing we did at Moss Mountain was learn about the Arkansas Gleaning Project. Did you know that after farmers have reaped their last harvest of the year the leftover veggies usually get turned ver back into the soil to fertilize for next years crop? Well the Arkansas Gleaning Project will come to the farm and get the leftover veggies and take them to food banks so people can have fresh veggies that maybe normally wouldn’t get them. It’s an amazing project!!
Overall I really loved the time I spent on Moss Mountain hanging out with my fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers and learning more about Arkansas Farm2Home!!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
What a lovely event!! I think local foods are the best and I have to say that the gardens there are absolutely gorgeous.
Jacqui Odell says
Wow! What a beautiful place. It’s great to see where our food is coming from!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That looks like so much fun! I would love to take a tour of that garden and grounds and see all the animals.
Yolanda Williams says
Wow what an awesome time you guys had. The place looks so peaceful and relaxing and everyone seems so happy. It’s always great to have a meal from organic foods.
Sounds like an awesome event. I like visiting farms and I love the fresh fruits and vegetables.
What an amazing home and an amazing local event! i think everyone needed some big beautiful sunhats on while they sit in the yard sipping fresh lemonade :)
On a side note….I have been looking for those metal cups with handles everywhere! LOL
What a beautiful place. The country table setting was so inviting. Sounds like a great event. Anytime outdoors in a country setting sounds like fun to me!
Wow, so many amazing pictures! Everything looks so beautiful, you have a great quality camera as well.
Liz Mays says
What a beautiful property! Learning about the different products and how the farm runs sounds awesome.
Dawn McAlexander says
What a great event this must have been! I try to eat local foods as much as I can. It is really good to help with allergies, and it helps local farmers too. It was a good idea that you went to this!
This looks like such a fun and unique event. We love going to Farmer’s Markets and supporting farm to table movements whenever we can.
Rebecca Swenor says
This sounds like an amazing event indeed and what a gorgeous place Moss Mountain is for sure. I love the sleep porch which is truly unique in my eyes. It is always nice when we can support our locals and small businesses. Thanks for sharing.
Bonnie @ wemake7 says
Awww chickens! What a great experience! I would have loved to gone to this and seen everything.
lisa @bitesforbabies says
This place is stunning! I’m all about healthy eating and organic…this would be a dream for me! Lucky you!
Mistee Dawn says
Oh wow. What a beautiful place! I would love to visit there. I wish I lived someplace like this! Gorgeous!
Uplifting Families says
This sounds like so much fun. I wish we had something like this in our area. I would buy local instead of from Walmart.
Chubskulit Rose says
The poiltryville looks like a fun place to explore. I would love to visit a farm like that.
Pauline C. says
WOW I love this place!!! It is like a dream rolled into reality or reality in a dream it’s perfect!
What a lovely event. My kind top. Looks like a great time. Such a beautiful sight to see too, and that food looks amazing!
Well that does sound like a fun time. I’d love to go to an event where there was a group of bloggers I know. :)
Chrystal | YUM eating says
I am so happy to see the farm to home and farm to table explosion! This is something that my family has been doing for many generations. It’s great to see others appreciate it.
Lisa Bristol says
This looks like a great way to spend the day. I think it is such a great idea to donate the leftover veggies to the local food bank.
Oh my! I absolutely love the garden. I would have popped a allegra and just spent all day out there.
Yes, this is an amazing project. I want to see if they have something like this in my area. If not, it’d be a great thing to get started.
This looks like a really fun time. I love that food! Looks like a great day.
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
This looks like so much fun! That sleeping porch was ah-mazing! I used to have dishes like the ones they served you with. Now, I remember how much I love those plates and wonder where the heck they are!
Lisa Rios says
Sounds like an amazing event & I am sure you had a great time. The entire place looks so beautiful & the pictures are awesome. I love visiting farms and organic foods has been my preference too.
Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies says
This looks like it would be an awesome event to attend! The food looks amazing!
We live smack dab in the middle of farm country, so farmers markets are big around here and we love to go to them.