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Getting to the Root of Healthy Teeth By Dr. Alex Sharp, Sharp Family Dentistry   Full disclosure: I’m a dentist by trade.  I work on teeth 40 hours a week, and let me tell you: most people’s diets aren’t doing their teeth any favors.   According to the American Dental Association, as of 2015, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease state in the U.S. It’s no surprise that in a country where processed sugars permeate everything from Coca-Cola to ketchup, the rate of tooth decay has not appreciably diminished.   Think about that.  It’s not like we live in a country devoid of the necessary oral hygiene implements. We brush our teeth, right? The mainstream American diet is the root cause of much of the tooth decay. It’s no secret that our dietary choices greatly affect our well-being.  Everywhere you turn, someone you know is talking about his or her new diet plan....

A Farm Bundle, oh my! [caption id="attachment_2643" align="alignright" width="409"] Your box will always include at least 8 produce items, one goat cheese sampler pack, a flower bouquet and Grass Roots meat (meats vary from what meat share you choose)[/caption] This year, we've introduced a few new deals into the mix: cheese, flowers, a bi-weekly produce share, and now a full farm bundle share. Our fall CSA starts in just one month, what better time to save than now? The Full Farm Bundle gives you a chance to enjoy fresh produce and cheese and local flowers for eight weeks (with two deliveries of Grass Roots meat) for 5% less. How does it work? 1. Select the location of where you'd like to pickup each week. 2. Pick the "Full Farm Bundle Share". 3. Attach any optional add-ons to your order. 4. Choose your payment plan (in full or in 3 installments) & notice your savings of almost $27.00! 5. Leave...

This weeks CSA box contained so many delicious items. Use your peppers, onions and squash (& Grass Roots Farners' Cooperative chicken!!) to create this tasty dish. Let us know how it turns out too! Ingredients 1/3 cup ketchup 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup canned pineapple juice 4 Tbsp olive oil , divided, plus more for brushing grill 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar 4 garlic cloves , minced (4 tsp) 1 Tbsp minced ginger 1/2 tsp sesame oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 3/4 lb boneless , skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 1/4-inch cubes 3 cups (heaping) fresh cubed pineapple (about 3/4 of 3 lb pineapple) 1 1/2 large green peppers , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces 1 large red onion , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces Instructions In a mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Stir in 3/4 tsp pepper...

Most of our farmers will talk to you about the importance of family, but one family stands out above the rest: the Dettelbach Family. Their farm is powered by three generations, working in unison to create not only a sustainable farming system, but a closer family unit. Steve and Ashley Dettelbach's farm is in Wynne, Arkansas. Not only do they grow produce for New South cooperative, but they also raise animals for the Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative. Their farm is a lively mix of row gardens and animal pens. The soft sounds of chicks are caught in the fierce Delta winds and blown across to where the sheep are grazing. The pigs run out to greet Ashley, from where they are pastured in an area that used to grow carrots and kale. They happily root up the tubers, enjoying a snack and turning over the soil. The new row house is...

Josh Hardin always seems to be smiling. Maybe that is why he calls his farm Laughing Stock Farm. He is one of those people who you meet, and you just know they have found their calling. They are certain in who they are and what they are meant to do. John certainly knows. His long-time customers at the Central Arkansas farmer's markets look for his familiar face. It is this love of service that calls Josh to farm: "I have been driven to farm by many people and beliefs. The most prominent moment has really been my connection to customers in the direct market atmosphere. From the first time I sold produce at market with my brother at the age of 14, I have been a market farmer. Since that summer, I have only missed one season of selling our family’s fruits and vegetables directly to the people that enjoy them. I am...

Joe Carr wasn't always an organic veggie farmer. While he has a long history of farming and working hard, he began his career as a cattle man in Northwest Arkansas. Eventually growing produce caught his eye, and he hasn't slowed down since. When I asked Joe recently what drives him to farm, he replied with his tongue-in-cheek style. "What drives me to farm? Usually it is my forty horse Kubota tractor! But seriously farming is part of my heritage something I inherited from my grandparents.I love growing crops and building the soil. I like the independent lifestyle, and I've always enjoyed working hard and being able to enjoy the fruits of my labor. There is much more to be realized than just the monetary benefits." Joe's farm, Joe's Farm Fresh Produce, is one of the founding members of the New South Produce Cooperative. His commitment to sustainable agriculture is evident by the long hours...

On any given morning, you can find Brandon Gordon in his fields. He is a full-time farmer at 5 Acre Farm in Bradford, with two small boys and a love for what he does. I recently asked Brandon what attracted him to a life of farming. "When I first started farming, I would have said something about sustainability and a slower, simpler lifestyle than the typical 9-5 job offers.  While that's still true today, I would say the challenge of farming is what drives me.  No matter how much I learn, I'll never master farming. I can't foresee ever getting bored with it." That love of the challenge is what pushes him to try new things on the farm, like new varieties of vegetables, growing sprouts for the first time this year, putting up new hoop houses, and tilling into new earth. Brandon's love of farming is also infectious. He has two part-time...

Just stepping in the doors, you know you are in the right place. The earthy scents of caramel, the rich aroma of chocolate, and a slightly twangy edge to it all, and you've found Airship Coffee Roasters. Zephan and Mark are both smiling when I enter. They have a surprise waiting for me. These enthusiastic owners have set up a surprise coffee cupping, just for me. They have laid out four very diverse coffees, from all over the world, with different processing methods. They are patient and thorough in their explanations with me, as I dive into a world of exotic smells and flavors. Mark shows me how they rank a coffee: flavor/aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, uniformity, balance, sweetness, clean cup, and overall. We smelled first the whole beans for each coffee. Then Zephan ground each, and we smelled again. Yes, the scents had changed. After that came the hot water. We...