Something Simple for Strawberry Month

It’s National Strawberry Month, so pick up a bunch of these delicious berries grown by an Arkansas farmer and make a time-tested (and amazingly simple) summer treat the whole family can enjoy. First, drench a piece of angel food or pound cake in cold heavy whipping cream, allowing it to soak in fully. Then cover […]

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The Bee Man, and his not-so-secret life

by Keith Sutton, Arkansas Farm Bureau Should you have the opportunity to meet James Rhein of Mountain Home, two things are certain: you’ll laugh, and you’ll learn lots of interesting things about honeybees. This jovial 75-year-old Baxter County beekeeper is constantly joking with the people around him. But when James is not keeping you in […]

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Farmer Q&A: Dairy Farmer Matt Simon

Five Questions for Dairy Farmer Matt Simon Matt Simon, 43, is a dairy farmer. He farms with his father, Mike and his brothers Frederic, 47, and Jason, 42, at Simon Brothers Dairy just outside of Conway in Faulkner County. Q: What’s the most satisfying aspect of being a dairy farmer? A: The most satisfying thing […]

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Farmer Q&A: Brett Ausley Talks Wagyu

Brett Ausley is a young cattleman producing and marketing Wagyu beef on his family ranch in Hot Spring County. He got into Wagyu about five years ago and he’s selling it directly to consumers through social media and to local restaurants. We visited Ausley’s ranch for a conversation about his business. Here is our conversation: […]

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Farmer Q&A: Cattle Rancher and Poultry Farmer Allen Stewart

We recently sat down for a short Q & A with Allen Stewart, former Arkansas Farm Bureau board member and cattle and poultry farmer, on his ranch near Mena in Polk County. Stewart served 14 years on the ArFB board and continues to serve as president of Polk County Farm Bureau. Now 76-years-old, he reflects […]

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A Delta Chef’s Special: Roast Quail with Beurre Blanc

Chef Jamie McAfee, executive chef and manager of the Pine Bluff Country Club, was just 14 when he started cooking hamburgers, corn dogs and other foods by the pool at the Delta Country Club in McGehee. His father, the long-time chef at Delta Country Club had encouraged him and it led to what McAfee calls […]

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George’s “Cannot Tell a Lie” Cherry Pie

    Our first president set the standard, teaching us the value of telling the truth when he admitted he’d chopped down the cherry tree when confronted about it by his father. An example we should all still live by today.       Ingredients Two 15-oz. cans of Oregon Specialty Fruit dark sweet cherries […]

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A Grape Legacy

For our Taste Arkansas column in the winter 2018 edition of Front Porch magazine, we paid a visit to a unique Arkansas institution in Altus, Post Winery. Joseph Post took some time to show us around the beautiful grounds and discuss his family business, its history and the more. Here are some select excerpts from […]

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Buttermilk Pie for the Holidays

Are you looking for a quick and easy holiday dessert recipe? We may have found exactly what you’re looking for, thanks to our recent travels around the state. When we visited Wilson, Ark., we spent a lot of time at the Wilson Cafe, where co-owner and pastry chef Shari’ Haley took the time to share […]

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Featured Farmer Recipe: Muscadine Cake

        by Gregg Patterson, Arkansas Farm Bureau A friend once told me “pie may be the All-American dessert, but cake is pure lust.” Taste Charlotte Wilchman’s Muscadine Cake, and you’ll certainly be caught up in “an overwhelming desire or craving” to experience it again… and again… and again. It’s that good. Charlotte […]

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