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Farm visits help connect the dots

Oct 15, 13 Farm visits help connect the dots

By Julie Vrazel

Milk comes from a cow, a loaf of bread starts in the field and farmers work every day.

Agritourism–the intersection between agriculture and tourism–is a growing trend fueled by you, the consumer, having an interest in learning more about the food you eat. There are agritourism locations across the state–farms and ranches that offer tours, corn mazes, wineries and more–just waiting for visitors.

The allure of the farm remains strong and the fall season offers many opportunities to dive into outdoor activities. Hay rides, picking the perfect pumpkin, fishing and strolling through the fields are just some of the fall attractions of life on a farm. And if that’s not enough, friendly farm animals are ready to greet those who visit.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Oct 11, 13 Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

By Kelly Bogard

Pumpkins, pumpkins, PUMPKINS! They are everywhere, and I don’t know about you, but I love them all–every shape, size and color. The return of pumpkins means fall is here and that the holiday season is inching closer.

I’ve never really thought about it before, but do you know what hard work goes into harvesting those pumpkins? Just as in all other farming activities, time and care must be taken every step of the way before harvest. Then, when the harvest arrives, there is more hard work. Did you know that pumpkins are harvested by hand? Me either, but now that I do, I think they are even cooler.

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It’s pumpkin season!

Oct 08, 13 It’s pumpkin season!

By Jessica Domel

This morning as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of my friends were excited about a spiced pumpkin coffee drink, a pumpkin-scented candle, new pumpkins they had purchased for decorating their homes and the return of the pumpkin patch at a local church or non-profit. I, for one, love visiting the pumpkin patch. There’s always some new type that I’ve never seen before, and I absolutely love watching my friends’ kids walk through the pumpkins to try to find the perfect one for them.

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Back to Basics: Meatloaf

Oct 04, 13 Back to Basics: Meatloaf

By Kelly Bogard

Have you noticed a change in the air? A crisp breeze on a much cooler afternoon?  Me too and I LOVE it!  There are changes happening everywhere, but one thing is still the same.  It is the first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for a new Back to Basics recipe.  This week we are going to tackle one of my childhood favorites–meatloaf.   This is truly comfort food for a cool Fall evening.

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From pasture to plate: Lessons in beef production

Oct 01, 13 From pasture to plate: Lessons in beef production

By Julie Vrazel

If you’re like me, you buy your beef based on taste, price and nutrition. But where did that meat come from?

Growing up on a cow-calf operation and showing cattle across the Lone Star State, I actively participated in all aspects of beef production.

From pasture to plate, I was involved in genetic selection, nutritional management and animal care and handling. This firsthand experience in agriculture taught me quite a bit about the beef on my plate.

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Mini Funnel Cakes

Sep 27, 13 Mini Funnel Cakes

By Kelly Bogard

Guess what? The State Fair of Texas opens today! There are so many memorable things about the state fair running through my head–the midway full of rides and games, Big Tex, the Food and Fiber Pavilion, and what I like to call “food row,” or what others may call the fried food capital of Texas. Now I know that fried food is not the best thing I can tell you to eat, but a little bit could be okay, just this one time.

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