James Meeks is a fifth-generation farmer in Ashley County. He and his business partner and childhood friend, Wendell Moffatt, another multi-generational farmer, decided 22 years ago they “needed to get bigger and sell” produce or “get out of the tomato business entirely.” That’s when the duo started Triple M Farms. Triple M grows tomatoes, pepper, […]
James Meeks is a fifth-generation farmer who has become known across Arkansas and the mid-south for his tomato, watermelon and “u-pick” produce operation near Hamburg in Ashley County. He and his business partner have overcome regulatory and workforce challenges and built their Triple M Farms into a key tomato provider for Walmart, Subway restaurants and […]
August is National Peach Month. We visited peach grower Mark Morgan at his farm Peach Pickin’ Paradise, and he told us about his popular ag-tourism u-pick orchard.
National Peach Cobbler day is April 13, so what better way to celebrate peach cobbler day than have a peach farmer make a peach cobbler?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]