Trio’s Strawberry Shortcake

Trio’s Restaurant, Little Rock | Yields 4-6 Shortcakes Shortcake Ingredients:4 cups flour1 1/2 pounds cold unsalted butter1/2 cup ice water Directions:Preheat oven to 300° F. Place flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cut the cold butter into pieces and add in several at a time, alternating with the cold … Read more

Urban Farming

When you think “urban,” what comes to mind? It’s probably not green spaces, poultry, lush gardens, or heaping baskets of fresh produce. Yet that’s exactly what the urban farming movement is—urban spaces in which crops, usually produce, are grown. Little Rock Urban Farming, owned and managed by Chris Hiryak, is just one of thousands of … Read more

Beekeeping in Arkansas

While bees are not the only pollinators around, they are an extremely important one, with some estimates indicating that over a third of all agricultural products grow due to the work done by the little yellow-and-black insects. For the average person, though, bees are simply a stinging critter to be avoided, squashed and feared. In … Read more

Organic Food & Farming

Shawn Peebles of Peebles Organic Farms in Augusta has been farming his entire life, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that he made the switch from conventional to organic farming. When asked what motivated him to make the change, he laughed, admitting, “I was broke!” After graduating high school, Peebles joined his father’s … Read more

Sunflower in Arkansas

It’s like sunshine caught in a bottle, and its nutty taste bursts in the mouth. It’s non GMO, drought tolerant and cold-pressed, chocked full of Vitamin E and healthy fats. Sunflower oil has been the oil of choice in Europe for centuries. James Wayne has grown sunflowers for the last three years on a few … Read more

When & What Herbs To Plant in Arkansas

Diane Brownlee and Jerry Smith recently acquired a 100-acre farm, and the future farm-steaders are eager to explore their cultivation options, including the approximately 150 herbs that can be found in Arkansas gardens. The Little Rock residents are ready to get started, so they turned to expert herbalist and gardener Debbie Tripp of Royal for … Read more

Farm To Table

Supporting local farmers and creating fresh, interesting and healthy dishes are what makes Chef Matthew Cooper’s menu at The Preacher’s Son in Bentonville stand out in a city of notable restaurants. One thing diners may not notice as they are engrossed in the heavenly atmosphere of the historic, renovated former church is that the menu … Read more