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Green Giving: Give Food! Part 3

Back from left to right - My homemade peach butter & apple butter. Front - My homemade strawberry jam. All made using Arkansas fruits. Photo by Nao Ueda.

The Green Giving series continues today with more ideas on how to give food instead of “stuff” this holiday season.

I give same things to folks every year for holidays. This year is no different. My holiday gifts consist of:

  • Homemade strawberry jam made with Arkansas strawberries
  • Homemade blackberry jam made with Arkansas blackberries
  • Homemade peach butter made with Arkansas peaches
  • Homemade apple butter made with Arkansas Black apples
  • Local honey or sorghum
  • War Eagle Mill cornmeal (upon request from family members)
  • Homemade candied pecans made with Arkansas pecans

Nothing says “I love you” like homemade goodies. In return, Eddy’s family always gives us fresh shrimp from South Carolina where they live. We enjoy the shrimp throughout the year, throwing them into gumbo, pasta, omlets, and on top of pizzas.

Not much of a cook? Don’t worry. Several Arkansas farmers offer jams, jellies, honey, and sorghum for sale, including:

War Eagle Mill and the House of Webster also offer jams, jellies, and preserves, so check them out!

This concludes the Green Giving series. The world is full of “stuff.” We can all do our part to keep “stuff” out of landfill, support local economy, and see our loved ones happy. Let’s give green this holiday season!

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Green Giving: Local Honey

I buy very minimally to give to people for the holidays. One of the few things that I buy is local honey. I usually give everybody homemade jam and local honey for the holidays. According to my favorite local honey man, Harvey Johnston, honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life. Suffering from allergies? No problem! Eat a little local honey, and you’ll be “immune’ to pollens in the area.

I believe in the health benefits of local honey. What I know is that local honey tastes oh so MARVELOUS!!! Local honey is like local eggs. Once you’ve tasted local honey, you just can’t go back to store bought honey. Compared to local honey, store bought honey tastes, well, bland and mediocre.

So, this holiday season, give a gift of local honey to your special someone!

Monday To-Do: Central AR Beekeepers’ Association Monthly Meeting

Interested in keeping bees? Wanna meet fellow beekeepers? Then, come to Central Arkansas Beekeepers’ Association’s monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 14 at the Levy Church of Christ (5124 Camp Robinson Road) in North Little Rock.

Register for Beginners’ Beekeeping Workshop!

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Register for a beginners’ beekeeping workshop hosted by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The workshop will be held Friday, December 4 at the S. J Parker Extension Auditorium (2300 L. A. “Prexy” Davis Drive) in Pine Bluff. Learn all about the biology, ecology and behavior of honeybees. Opportunities will be offered for questions and answers as well as hands on activities with bee keeping equipment.

Here’s the draft agenda:

  • 8:00-9:00 Registration (coffee)
  • 9:00-10:15 An Introduction to Honey Bees – Jon Zawislak
  • 10:15-10:45 Break
  • 11:15-12:00 How to set up a honey bee hive (video) – Yong Park
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 Demonstration of hives and equipment for beekeeping – Danny Glover
  • 2:00-2:30 Question/Answer
  • 2:30 Workshop Adjourns

You must register by Friday, November 20, so hurry!

For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Glover (870-575-8822 or gloverl@uapb.edu) or Dr. Yong Park (870-575-7245 or parky@uapb.edu).

Monday To-Do: Central AR Beekeepers’ Association Monthly Meeting

Interested in keeping bees? Wanna meet fellow beekeepers? Then, come to Central Arkansas Beekeepers’ Association’s monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 9th at the Levy Church of Christ (5124 Camp Robinson Road) in North Little Rock.

Monday To-Do: Central AR Beekeepers’ Association Monthly Meeting

Interested in keeping bees? Wanna meet fellow beekeepers? Then, come to Central Arkansas Beekeepers’ Association’s monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, October 12th at the Levy Church of Christ (5124 Camp Robinson Road) in North Little Rock.

Monday To-Do: Central AR Beekeepers’ Association Monthly Meeting

Interested in keeping bees? Wanna meet fellow beekeepers? Then, come to Central Arkansas Beekeepers’ Association’s monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 10th at the Levy Church of Christ (5124 Camp Robinson Road) in North Little Rock.