Celebrating the Flavors of Arkansas: Riceland Rice and the Farmers Market
Hundreds of farmers markets and roadside vendors are registered with Arkansas Grown, so odds are great, you’re able to enjoy locally grown produce no matter what part of the state you call home. Cooking and eating locally grown food is beneficial to our environmental and your health. Before I share one of my favorite recipes using local veggies, let’s talk about the benefits of buying locally. It’s important, y’all!
- Did you know that for every dollar you spend locally, three dollars is pumped into your local community? This impact is called the Multiplier Effect.
- Buying local creates more local jobs. Not only do small business owners hire employees, these are the companies buying local advertising, printing, hiring attorneys, etc. In other words, buying local is a long-term investment in community.
- Buying fresh veggies from the local farmer’s market reduces overall environmental impact. Think about it… Oregon apples sold in Arkansas include the cost of transportation, congestion, and pollution. Buying local minimizes and nearly eliminates this. (And I have nothing whatsoever against Oregon apples.)
- Local food is fresher, tastier, and in season.
Going to the Fayetteville Farmers Market is one of the best things about Saturday morning. My husband and I typically go without a plan, buy whatever is fresh and in season, and then create supper using what we bought. And lots of times supper includes fresh vegetables—either roasted or stir-fried—and Riceland rice.
My Farmers Market Risotto can be used with a variety of vegetables. On our most recent trip to the farmers market, we purchased two types of onions, red bell pepper, and asparagus. (For this dish, I roasted the asparagus separately and served it on top of the risotto.)
Arkansas Women Bloggers member Talya Tate Boerner is a delta girl who grew up making mudpies on her family’s cotton farm in Northeast Arkansas. After thirty years in Texas, she has returned to the state she loves, settling in Northwest Arkansas. Talya draws inspiration from nature and appreciates the history behind food, family, places and objects. She blogs at Grace, Grits and Gardening and has been published in Arkansas Review, Front Porch and several on-line publications. Talya believes most any dish can be improved with a side of collard greens. Her debut novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, is available at Barnes & Noble, via Amazon, and at certain indie bookstores.