Laboring for Fruit: Update on Arkansas “Specialty Crops”

Arkansas has roughly 650 farms and 15,000 acres of cropland devoted to vegetable production and 1,100 farms producing more than $180 million worth of fruits, such as peaches, strawberries, blackberries and more. These fruits and vegetables fall into the category of “specialty crops.” The category of “specialty crops” is a catch-all term for a variety […]

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Dairy Delicious: Dairy Contest Winning Recipes

Luke Baker of Siloam Springs (Benton Co.) and Zarah Dean of Ozark (Franklin Co.)  were winners at the 60th annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest held May 31 at the state fairgrounds in Little Rock. Baker,15, son of James and Sondra Baker, took first place in the Main Dish competition with his “Cheesy Chicken Guacchi Explosion.” […]

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Fall Farm to Table Recipes

It may not feel like fall just yet, but it’s time for our fall issue of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Front Porch magazine (which you can see here). This fall’s issue focuses the bountiful harvest of Arkansas farmers that helps fill our holiday tables or football tailgate plates at this time of year. Whether it’s turkey, […]

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My Brother’s Salsa

“Make it delicious and they will come.” – Helen Lampkin When Helen Lampkin was a young wife in central Arkansas, she made the decision to be a homemaker.  She did this at a time when many women were leaving the house to pursue a career. “I got a lot of grief from other women about […]

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NWA vs Hunger

Taste Arkansas connects Arkansans interested in food; from farmers and ranchers to chefs to moms looking for recipes to feed their families. But, did you know that one in five Arkansans suffer from hunger? One in four kids in Arkansas suffer from hunger and Arkansas leads the country in terms of senior citizen hunger.  Well, Bret […]

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Moms on the Farm Tour

It’s not that I’m a city girl, but the farms I grew up around were like distant planets to me. I knew they were there, but didn’t know much else about them. So when Janeal Yancey asked if any of the Arkansas Women Bloggers wanted to attend the Moms on the Farm tour, I jumped at the […]

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Five common misconceptions about your holiday bird

It is no secret that my parents raise turkeys for Butterball LLC. Last year I even shared a behind-the-scenes look at turkey farms in this very magazine. As an insider, my friends that don’t have access to the farming lifestyle ask me tons of questions. I am happy to share a little bit about our family farm and what I’ve learned about agriculture. I thought this year, in honor of Thanksgiving, I should share five misconceptions that I am asked about on a regular basis.

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Bean2Blog

The Arkansas Soybean Board in partnership with P. Allen Smith hosted Bean2Blog at Moss Mountain Farm. At the event, several women bloggers from across the state gathered to spend the day getting acquainted with the miracle bean.

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AETN to broadcast “Seed Swap” doc

Saw this come across the Times’ Eat Arkansas blog, and I thought it would interest this audience. Congrats to the filmmakers for securing an air date! Has anyone here ever participated in a seed swap? I’m curious. They seem to be really fun, community-building affairs … the type of thing we don’t see enough of […]

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Pecan-smoked Trout

Smoking with pecan shells makes for a milder, but still tasty, smoky flavor. Its subtleness goes well with the mild flavor of fish. Soak the pecan shells in water 4 to 12 hours before using. The first recipe below is for smoking trout and is adapted from Steve Wright’s excellent book “Ozark Trout Tales.”

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