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Local Conversations

Today I have the great pleasure of teaming up with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit to host the 2015 Local Conversations meeting at South on Main in Downtown Little Rock. This event, through the Arkansas Grown program, brings together local farmers, farmers’ market managers, chefs, restauranteurs, and grocery managers from across the state to exchange ideas on how to improve the quality of food reaching consumers.

Guests:
Andrea Leding, Branch Manager at Farm Credit

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Food, family, friends and probably a little too much cheer are on my agenda for the next two weeks. To help navigate the party season I asked a few friends for their best tips on celebrating with plenty of good eats and style.

Capi Peck from Trio’s Restaurant shares some of her favorite party food ideas and a few wise words about food safety during the holidays.

Confetti’s Party Rental’s Kim Maginn gives a few dos and don’ts for hosting a party.

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‘Tis the season to give back and in this week’s podcast of the P. Allen Smith Radio Show you’ll learn how the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (AHRA) is working to reduce food poverty through spaghetti sauce made with homegrown tomatoes.

Chef Scott McGehee, Clanton Farms and AHRA partnered to create Growers’ Gift Spaghetti sauce with proceeds to go support the Arkansas Gleaning Project, a program that makes use of farmers’ fresh produce left in fields after the harvest. More than a million pounds of fruits and vegetables goes to food banks, pantries and other hunger relief agencies.

You can support the Arkansas Gleaning Project by purchasing a jar of their Growers’ Gift spaghetti sauce. It’s available in Little Rock at The Green Corner Store and Eggshells and in Fayetteville at the Visitors and Convention Bureau. Or call the AHRA at 501-399-9999.

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Buying Local

Are you one of the growing number of folks who are curious about making cheese? Listen to this podcast of the P. Allen Smith Radio Show to hear from an Arkansan who has made cheese making his business. I’ll also speak with a district manager from a national supermarket about how they are making locally produced foods available to shoppers like you.

FEATURED:
Kent Walker, Kent Walker Artisan Cheese
Jeremy Baker, District Manager Kroger Hot Springs

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Southern Hospitality

We’re celebrating all things Southern in this podcast of the P. Allen Smith Radio Show. Natchez chef and cookbook author Regina Carboneau and Rebecca Darwin, President of Garden & Gun magazine, join me at a special dinner party to discuss living, dining and growing up in the South.

Order Regina's cookbooks.

NEW VOICES
Steve Asbell (The Rain Forest Garden) asks #Rosechat host and rosarian Chris Van Cleave (The Redneck Rosarian) about growing roses.

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Autumn in Arkansas

Did you know that English speaking countries once referred to autumn as harvest? It wasn’t until the population shift from rural to urban areas that we adopted the French word automne. Whatever you call the season, this is a great time of year to be in Arkansas. In this podcast of the P. Allen Smith Radio Show hear from Marla Crider with Arkansas Parks and Tourism, Dallas Peebles from Peebles Farm and Kimberly Tyson at Romance Carriage Company. All three have some fun ideas for enjoying autumn in Arkansas.

NEW VOICES
Today we’ve got Two Women and a Hoe™ blogger Jan Bills interviewing Mary Beth Shaddix, author of the Cooking Light Pick Fresh cookbook.

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You might not think of Arkansas when you think of wine, but it’s actually one of the oldest and largest wine producers in the Southern region. So what better way to soak up the Natural State, than spending a few days exploring the area wineries? Listen in as we talk with folks from Post Familie VineyardWiederkehr Wine Cellars and Chateau aux Arc.

NEW VOICES
The Garden Lady, C. L. Fornari, interviews Harmony in the Garden blogger Rebecca Sweet.

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You may have noticed that we serve a big helping of food related topics on this show. I do love a good meal especially if it’s made with homegrown or locally sourced ingredients. In this podcast of the P. Allen Smith Radio Show we’re focusing on the farm to restaurant relationship. Listen to my conversation with restaurant owner Jack Sundell (The Root Cafe) and local farmer Tara Stainton (Rattle's Garden) as we discuss how food builds communities.

New Voices
Our Little Acre blogger Kylee Baumle interviews Kathy Purdy, author of Cold Climate Gardening

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In this "New Voices" segment U of A Cooperative Extention horticulture specialist Janet Carson interviews garden author Susan Fox.

When you get the chance, check out Susan’s latest book, Four Seasons of Roses, you’re sure to be inspired.

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This podcast features Chris Van Cleave (@redneckrosarian) a-k-a “The Redneck Rosarian” interviewing the author of the Rain Forest Garden, Steve Asbell (@rainforestgarden).

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