DALHART, TX (KFDA) - Dallam and Hartley counties' AgriLife extension are doing their part to help bridge the gap on how food makes the path to the plate.
In conjunction with their 4-H Youth Development banquet, they decided to host a new crop-tasting event featuring local producers that have grown food in the area for years.
"We reached out to our local producers of beef, pork, potatoes, corn and dairy and cheese and asked them if they would be willing to donate products that are made right here in Dallam and Hartley counties, and of course, they willingly agreed," said county extension agent for 4H Youth Development, Bailee Wright. "So then our 4-H-ers took those donated products whether they be vegetables or dairy or beef and they made dishes out of them and then we prepared them and served them at the tasting event."
One of those producers is Bezner Cattle and Grain.
They've been farming and producing corn in Dallam county for more than 40 years.
"We just grow sweet corn as a hobby for our own use and for neighbors we grow field corn for silage, for high moisture corn and for dry corn," said the owner, Jody Bezner.
Each producer also shared some information about how their food is grown and it's nutritional value.
Moore Family Farms has produced a variety of crops in Dalhart since the early 1920's and watermelons are the newest addition to their harvest.
"We want to make sure that they know whenever they are purchasing watermelons they are purchasing something that is grown and picked by hand," said Jordan Moore. "We want to make sure that they know the facts of the fruit they are consuming. Watermelon's 92 percent water. We talk a little bit about how watermelons are grown and the fact that you actually have to have bees to pollinate the crops in order for them to actually grow so we want to make sure that they have a little information about that."
Wright said knowing about how food is produced is essential to living a healthy life.
"I think sometimes the average consumer hasn't made that connection between agriculture and health," she said. "So I think it's pertinent more now than ever when we're focused on healthy lifestyles to make that connection between agriculture and food and health."