What is Community Supported Agriculture?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs are one way for you to support the farmers in your community by buying seasonal produce directly from the farmer. Often it’s more affordable for the consumer and more profitable for the farmer because you’re cutting out expenses such as store costs and packaging. CSA is basically a […]

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13 Things You Didn’t Know Were Made From Sweet Potatoes

February 22 is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, and we wanted to recognize the fact that Arkansas is one of the country’s top producers of these healthy, delicious vegetables. Records from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture show that farmers in eight counties grew sweet potatoes on 5,000 acres in 2017, a crop valued at […]

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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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Going Organic: A Q&A with Shawn Peebles

Shawn Peebles is an all-organic farmer. He runs Peebles Organic out of Augusta and everything he grows on the 1,500 acres he farms follows the strict organic guidelines necessary to be certified as “organic produce.” He’s been at it for 15 years, growing edamame, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes and processor pumpkins. Organic farming is […]

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Peach Pop Perfection

We may have found one of the tastiest summer treats you can make at home … Peach Pops! Grab your favorite kitchen helper (and some Arkansas peaches) and watch as Woodruff County Cooperative Extension Staff Chair Leigh Ann Bullington shows how easy it is to make these delicious and healthy snacks.  Now try making […]

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More Cheese Please?

Is it time to rethink any doubts you may have about the healthfulness of eating “full fat” dairy? Maybe so, according to some recent research. A recent article by Hallie Levine for AARP on superfoods touts the health benefits associated with consuming full-fat dairy products. Levine’s article states: “People who ate the most high-fat dairy […]

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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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Colorful Carrots

Rediscover the Colorful Possibilities of Carrots By Rebecca Catlett, Produce Chain Manager for the Americas, Nunhems Roses are red. Violets are blue. And carrots are orange. Right? Not exactly. It turns out the sweet, flavorful carrots we’ve nearly always known as orange come in a variety of brilliant (and equally delicious) colors, including purple, red, […]

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Millet Makes a Splash as Gluten-free Golden Grain

Millet, a small-kernel, golden cereal grain widely consumed in Africa and Asia, is growing in popularity among Americans. A growing number of farmers, especially those in Western states, are planting the quick-to-mature, drought-resistant crop, which is grown and harvested much like rice. Millet, currently eaten by one-third of the world’s population, is said to be […]

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Heart-Healthy Pistachios

Heart-Healthy Pistachios Thrill Foodies, Chefs, and Consumers Pistachios are a naturally heart-healthy super snack that chefs and consumers are going nuts over. Traditionally used in rice dishes, stuffing, ice cream and pastries, the current trend points to pistachios as a key ingredient in salads and main dishes. The most recent nationally published study conducted by […]

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