Texas Table Top—Celebrating the foods, places and people of the Lone Star State.

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About Shala Watson

Staff Writer Texas Farm Bureau I was born and raised in the East Texas Pineywoods. I don’t have a traditional agricultural background, but I’m inspired by the hard-working men and women who produce our food and fiber. I’m a small town girl just trying to bring a fresh perspective to ag journalism.

Oasis of fresh produce at farmers markets

By Shala Watson Peppers, juicy tomatoes and homemade jellies. Oh my! Farmers markets are an oasis of fresh and tasty produce. As you wander around the market, you’ll be sure to find some bountiful harvests and farmers, too. It’s a great chance to meet and connect with those who grow our food. Ask questions about [...]

Explore agriculture on the backroads of Texas

By Shala Watson Fresh air. Dirt roads. Old barns and breathtaking views. Texas is full of them! You can escape the asphalt and pavement. Just take a drive down a county road. Along those rural routes, you’ll find the best kept secret in Texas—agriculture. The diverse geography and climate of our state provide a glimpse [...]

Stewards of the land

By Shala Watson Driving along the interstate, you see the occasional field with crops growing. On the back roads, they’re even more common. To some, that’s all it is—a field. But to farmers and ranchers, that soil is so much more. It’s potential. It’s the future of our food, fiber and fuel. That’s why farmers [...]

Technology drives big changes in supermarkets

By Shala Watson Online shopping is nothing new, and we often use it to buy clothes, gadgets and other items. But what about for milk, bread and bananas? Trying to juggle trips to the grocery store with work, errands, kids’ activities and other tasks can be a challenge. We all lead busy lives and are [...]

Celebrating National Ag Day

By Shala Watson No matter where your day leads or how it ends, it all starts with a farmer. And today—on National Ag Day—we take a minute to think about how agriculture is a part of almost everything we eat, wear and use on a daily basis. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.” [...]