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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!!