Farm Girl Chic

The Whitton Farm hand painted van

I'm here in northeast Arkansas getting ready for the 1st Annual Whitton Farms Feastival on July 12th, featuring food prepared by renowned local chefs, awesome art & crafts from local artists and artisans, live music and even a pie eating contest. I'll be there too, with my jewelry and Matt's Handmade On Peconic Bay paper goods, as the only non-local artisan, an honor indeed! Norwood and Jill are doing their best to entice me to join them in their entrepreneurial fun here about 45 miles northwest of Memphis, TN.

Whitton Farms basil in the greenhouse

Whitton Flowers & Produce is a farm committed to producing organically grown, quality, locally grown, fresh food and flowers. Their motto is "If you know your farmer, you know your food. They grow an incredible variety of heirloom vegetables, cut flowers, native plants, medicinal & culinary herbs on ten acres of retired pasture land in the heart of Whitton, Arkansas. Whitton Farms was also named Farmer Of The Year 2008 & 2009 by Edible Memphis.

Jill Forrester cutting her famous flowers

It's been a pleasure getting to know Jill and Keith Forrester, owners of Whitton Farms, and spending some time with them on their farm as they prepared for the Memphis Farmers Market. For Jill and Keith, farming is a way of life that has no equal. Besides priding themselves on the use of organic and sustainable farming methods, the Forresters, and their eclectic farmstead, have tons of farm chic style!

All photos are courtesy of Arkansas artist and photographer Norwood Creech. Special thanks to Norwood and her husband Tri for generously hosting me here in Lepanto, Arkansas, and "learning" a New York girl about the rural style of the Mississippi River Delta!

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