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Arkansas-Made Summer Essentials

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Great lists of Arkansas-made products are not just for gift guides, foodies, outdoorsmen or stocking stuffers. We need to make it through swim parties and backyard family fun and so many Arkansas-based companies can help us survive summer!

Check out these Arkansas-made summer essentials.

Summer Survival

  • Bakers Blessings | Jacksonville – 10-foot long paracord keychains make an easy access survival tool for the outdoorsman
  • Good Acres Live | Huntsville – “consciously crafted,” small batch body products including soft, solid body deodorant and nature sprays
  • Jarratt Taco Plate | Prairie Grove – a Northwest Arkansas man worked with an Arkansas polytech company to develop the taco plate he wished he had in college. 1 million plates later, his pitch to Walmart made all the difference
  • Blue Cottage Candle Company | Cabot – Mason jar, hand-poured soy wax candles with the easy, breezy scents of summer
  • The Herb Square | Malvern – bug away camping soap and dandelion salves to soothe sunburns and muscle pain

Photo used with permission from PK Grills.

Summer Essentials

  • PK Grills | Little Rock – hand-poured aluminum grill and smoker combo with a unique 4-way venting system that might be the last grill you ever need to purchase.
  • Royal Oaks Charcoal | Huntsville – the largest producer of natural lump charcoal and charcoal briquets for grilling in the U.S.
  • Russco III | Mammoth Spring – home and garden specialists offering bird feeders and hand-tuned wind chimes
  • Bristow Custom Metals | De Queen – custom metal cut fire pits and grills
  • Blue Moon Disc Co. | Little Rock – steel agricultural plow blades made into a traditional Discada outdoor cooking disk perfect for camping, tailgating or backyard grilling

Summer Apparel

Photo used with permission from Heritage Woodwork.

Outdoor Furniture

Photo used with permission from Truth Sauce, Inc.

Tasty Treats

  • Mr. Davis Bread and Butter Pickles | Blytheville -perfect addition to a backyard burger, including what he calls the “Hottest pickles in the world…get ready!”
  • Truth Sauce | Little Rock – this father-son duo brings the heat with a sauce perfect for ribs, brats and steaks.
  • Ruthie Mountain Smoked Pepper | Mount Olive – dried and packaged at the Arkansas Food Innovation Center with no salt, additives or preservatives. Perfect addition to popcorn, grill meats, stews or dressings.
  • Poulos Apiary | Tontitown – Northwest Arkansas bee operation making whipped honey and bourbon pecans to warm and pour over ice cream
  • Pink House Alchemy | Fayetteville – hibiscus rose syrup for sweet tea and make your own old-fashioned soda, ice cream float or summer cocktail with sarsaparilla
  • Lake in the Willows Apiary | Scott – local honey for marinades, dressings and summer sauces

Whatever you do this summer – Keep Cool. Take adventures. Make memories.

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!

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