Laboring for Fruit: Arkansas “Specialty Crops” – UPDATED

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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2016 East Central District Farm Family of the Year – Chris & Nesha Smith

In this day and time, you don’t see many first generation farmers as it’s a hard business to get into, but Chris and Nesha Smith have defeated the odds. They purchased their farm in 2004 and have worked diligently to build their cattle herd and instill in their 10-year-old daughter their same passion for agriculture. […]

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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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Chocolate Zucchini Bread (With Chocolate Chunks!)

When a friend gave me some zucchini from her garden a few summers ago, it stayed on my kitchen counter for most of the week. I occasionally glanced over at it, wondering what to do with this vegetable for a family (myself included) who doesn’t like squash. For my family who likes dark chocolate (myself […]

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Watermelon Granita

Cave City? Hope? Your own backyard? No matter what kind of watermelon or where they are grown in Arkansas, one thing is for certain: landing that perfectly sweet specimen is a rite of passage for summer. Sweet, juicy, sticky and always best served cold, watermelon brings people together. It take a group to eat one! […]

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Throwback Thursday {Arkansas Grown Blueberries}

Looking for some recipes to capture all the goodness of fresh Arkansas blueberries? Here are some amazing ones to get you going in that delicious direction. Blueberry Waffles    Blueberry Cream Cheese Panini  Honey Blueberry Pecan Rice Pudding Blueberry-Lemon Soufflé Pudding Cake {slow cooker}   Best Ever Blueberry Scones 

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Kickin’ Pork Spareribs

With summer cookouts and parties are in full swing, Arkansans start looking for recipes for the grill or smoker. And with Arkansas producing more than 1.8 million hogs annually, pork is the perfect centerpiece for a meal. If you want a recipe to tempt your taste buds and feed your need for pork, this is […]

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Throwback Thursday {Cool, Healthy Summer Recipes}

Just because the days are hot doesn’t mean that healthy eating has to be as well. Check out these cool, yet healthy, summer recipes. Light Chicken Salad Avocado Hummus Gluten-Free Summer Veggie Pasta Salad Avocado Tuna Salad

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