Last Second Side Ideas: Smothered Country Green Beans

SMOTHERED COUNTRY GREEN BEANS By Gregg Patterson   I know. I know. Several generations of y’all have come to love that canned green bean/cream of mushroom soup casserole sprinkled with crunchy fried onions. It’s darn near a holiday meal must-have. I’ll admit. It’s good. However, there is something so much better… fresh country fried green […]

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Last-Second Side Ideas: Bacon & Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

BACON & SKILLET-FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS by Gregg Patterson We already know that every kid hates Brussels sprouts. I was no different. So let’s call it an acquired taste, like asparagus or better yet, beer. All I know is I love bacon and skillet-fried Brussels sprouts. Here’s my version of this colorful and tasty side dish […]

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Farmer Q&A: The Wootens

Q & A Conversation with Poultry Farmers O’Neil & Casey Wooten  O’Neil Wooten is a poultry farmer growing broiler chickens for Foster Farms on his Strong, Arkansas farm in Union County. O’Neil’s son Casey and daughter Wendi Laster live on the farm with their families and have their own broiler contracts with Foster Farms. Between […]

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An Apple a Day… Takes the Cake?

We’ve all heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” If not 100 percent accurate, it definitely indicates just how healthy apples really are. Apples are portable, low in calories, inexpensive and make for a great no-mess snack. It’s best to eat an apple with its skin. The skin provides insoluble […]

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Recipe: Chocolate Rice Pie

Rhonda Hull of Little Rock won first place in all three categories (Main Dish, Salad and Dessert) in Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Rice Cooking Competition at the 2018 Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Her winning dessert dish was a Chocolate Rice Pie that was as beautiful as it was delicious. Made with a filling that […]

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Harvesting and Processing Muscadine Grapes

Six generations of the Post family have been making juice and wine in Arkansas for more than 100 years. You can learn more about them here. Earlier this month, Post Winery in Altus completed its muscadine harvest and processing of the grapes to make juice and wine. Watch the videos to see and hear how […]

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Farm Family Recipe: Mamaw’s Squash Dressing

by Maddison Stewart, Arkansas Farm Bureau Every family has that one recipe. You know, the one that makes you think of your family. The one that makes you happy when you’re cooking it and then makes you very happy when you eat it. The Sims family of Conway County, Western District Farm Family of the […]

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Growing Sweet Potatoes Part 2

Shawn Peebles of Woodruff is one of a select group of sweet potato growers in Arkansas and the only grower of organic sweet potato growers in the state. He and other sweet potato farmers are busy harvesting their crop in time to get them to grocery stores for the holiday meal season. In this second […]

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Growing Sweet Potatoes Part 1

Fall is officially here, but, in typical Arkansas fashion, it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. Nevertheless, Thanksgiving will be here in no time, and that means it’s also “sweet potato season.” Growers like Shawn Peebles of Woodruff are busy pulling their crop from the ground in time to get them to groceries and on […]

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Lock, Stock & Barrel: The Ralstons, Part 2

Tim and Robin Ralston saw an opportunity in milling and packaging their own rice, but that opportunity was a huge risk. It still is, but they are feeling good about their decision. Tim says they mill everything they grow. “But when you stack it up against some of the big corporate mills, it’s really very, […]

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