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It’s time for this year's Meat Fight, coming up Sunday, November 12 at Community Beer Company. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10AM! Get them here: Just check out the amazing chef "fighters" and be amazed!!!VIP entry: 6pm / GA entry: 7pm --- 21 AND UP ONLY Here's to meats, beers and finding a cure for MS!!#meatfight #meatfight2023 #funlanthropy #seriousfun #foodcompetition #charityevent #cureforMS #barbecueandbeer#nonprofitfundraising #dfwfoodies #edibledfw FestEvents Group ... See MoreSee Less
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The yummiest Sunday brunch board, wines, and mimosas are just a short drive and so very worth it!! You’ll love the food, ambiance, and hospitality at Deschain Cellars, Winery & Lounge in Gainesville…open Sundays from 11:30am-5pm. Tell them we made you go!!! 🥰😎😋 North Texas Wine Country #eatdrinkshoplocal #edibledfw #drinknorthtexas #brunchboard #forestwinery ... See MoreSee Less
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How did we miss #NationalCoffeeDay? We were certainly drinking plenty of it, lol!!You could continue celebrating like we are and check out this “Cultured Coffee” story from winter 2021 by Eric Swayne! Experience a coffee-crawl through 3 awesome local shops, and download a list of 17 coffee destinations and roasters with a local flair:🤠☕️💖#eatdrinklocal #dfwcoffee #edibledfw #supportlocal #localbuzz Pax & Beneficia Coffee Black Coffee Golden Boy Coffee Co. ... See MoreSee Less
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Get ready for a Meat Fight on November 12th!! This always fun, annual BBQ competition actually started in a backyard in Lake Highlands, and has evolved into a meaty chef-competition with a very worthy cause.This year's event features 20 local chefs who will make you eat as they compete for trophies for best brisket, best sausage, etc. -- and you'll also eat samples in the Sweet Fight competition! Oh and there's a casserole competition, and beer from Community Beer Co. Yes, just saying that you'll be very full of meaty, sweetie, and beery goodness. The festivities include more than simply gorging yourself. You'll enjoy a meat-themed midway with games, and the BEST PART: this fun-lanthropy event benefits people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Tickets go on sale October 3rd at 10am. See link below to snag yours!! 21 AND UP ONLY.Meat Fight is back! November 12th, we will smoke meats and happyscream together as we fight for a cure for MS.If you’ve never been to a Meat Fight, you can expect a ton of killer barbecue, all the beers, a midway with meat-themed games, an auction with barbecue-celebrity-packed items and the most fun you’ve ever had at a charity event.100% of ticket price goes directly to helping someone living with MS. We hope you’ll join us!Bookmark the link now, and don’t be late. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 3rd at 10 a.m. (and in the past, they’ve gone fast: ... See MoreSee Less
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Always appreciate being invited to the annual GO TEXAN Pavilion Preview Night at the State Fair of Texas! Lots of #localgoodness and saw plenty of friends, both old and new. When you’re at the State Fair, be sure you spend time at the GO TEXAN Pavilion and pick up lots of new local products!!!Texas Department of Agriculture #supportlocal #StateFairofTX #edibledfw #gotexan ... See MoreSee Less
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KID’S CORNER: OK, Let’s Grow Okra!

photo by Carole Topalian

By Ellen Robinson and Eric Vanderbeck, REAL School Gardens

What’s that? Okra.

What’s okra? Haven’t you ever tried okra…Fried okra or okra gumbo?

Oh yeah! My grandma cooks Oprah. She makes Oprah gumbo.

—Conversation with a 1st grader in her garden at Sallye Moore Elementary in Grand Prairie.

Where we live, it’s not easy growing food during the hottest weeks of summer… unless you’re growing okra. Okra is a tropical plant, meaning it loves to live where it’s hot and sunny. That makes it a great vegetable to grow here in North Texas, because if there is one thing we have plenty of during our summer months, it’s heat and sunshine. Many people only recognize this tasty Southern vegetable when it’s breaded and deep fried, but there are other healthier options that are absolutely delicious.

Purchase okra seeds at your local garden store and decide where you’re going to grow them. Although okra will probably be happiest planted directly into the ground, with a large enough container (no smaller than five gallons), it can be grown in a pot outdoors. If growing in a container, look for seeds that say the plant is a “dwarf ” variety, which means the plants won’t get very tall.


Choose an area that gets sun most of the day. Plant 2-3 seeds in one hole (just in case they don’t all sprout), about 1/2 inch deep. Measure about 12 – 18 inches away from the first hole and plant another 2-3 seeds. Repeat this for as many okra plants as you want to grow.

Gently water the area you planted with plenty of water. Continue to water every 1-2 days until you see the seedlings (baby plants) begin to emerge in about a week.

After plants are at least 2 inches tall, pull out or cut all but the strongest, healthiest-looking plant in each spot. This helps each plant to grow without having to compete for space, water and nutrients in the soil.

Once plants are up and growing, continue to water every 2-3 days, depending on how quickly water evaporates from the soil. (Not sure? Use your built-in moisture checker. Stick your finger in the soil. If it’s dry past your first knuckle, go ahead and give your plant a drink).

Okra will be ready to harvest (pick and eat) in about 50 – 60 days. First you’ll see beautiful yellow-white flowers, which will need to be pollinated by your hard-working insect friends, and then a small, green finger-looking pod will begin to form where the flower once was. When those green pods are 2 – 4 inches long, they’re ready to be picked, eaten and enjoyed!

Note: If growing okra in a container, follow all of the above, except only grow one plant per pot, and pay extra attention to watering since containers can dry out quickly.


Okra and cotton are cousins! They both come from the “Mallow” plant family. Okra comes in red! Certain varieties of this typically green plant actually produce deep, burgundy red pods. Okra seeds can be roasted, ground and brewed just like coffee.

Hard, woody okra pods have been used to make rope and paper. Although we consider okra to be a vegetable, the pods we eat are actually the fruit of the plant and contain the seeds for making more okra plants.

Okra was brought over to the United States from African countries over 200 years ago. Okra is tastiest when the pods are young—about 2-4 inches long. After that, they become woody and terrible to eat.





REAL School Gardens partners with high-poverty elementary schools to create learning gardens that boost academic achievement, promote healthy lifestyles, cultivate pro-social skills and behaviors, and foster environmental stewardship. The organization currently supports gardens at 74 elementary schools across five urban school districts in North Texas.

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