Chef Brooks and Jay Fulbright picking edible flowers.

Chef Talk: Greens and Flowers Galore

We are back from our short break in new shows this season with three new ones to share. Over the next few weeks, you will see some new faces and learn more about what is going on in the food story of Arkansas. I have been traveling around this great state meeting so many great people, I have been so overwhelmed with all of the outpouring of acceptance for what we have done with this program. The entire “Cook with Brooks” team is very proud and look forward to season 2.

First, let me tell you a little bit about our next show. A few months ago, I was lucky enough to take a trip out to Arkansas Natural Produce. I was so overwhelmed with all this guy was growing, I called my crew right afterwards and said, ‘We have got to do a show on this farm.’ After a couple attempts because of the weather, we finally got the chance to find out how Jay Fulbright and family have been growing food for the last 20 years. Even though we didn’t get his wife on camera, she is a big part of this operation and he couldn’t do it without her.

Jay Fulbright on the Tractor

This is high quality, chef-approved fresh produce in Hot Springs County. All the crops are grown using organic practices. He grows all kinds of amazing greens like gourmet spring mix, microgreens, edible flowers, fresh herbs and peppers in one of the largest greenhouse operations in Arkansas. I wanted to find fennel and some tasty and colorful greens.


I loved the hunt through all of these greenhouses and we found the perfect ingredients to travel back to the kitchen for my Fennel and Aragula Chicken Salad. There was so much to pick from, but it’s all worth it to get my hands dirty picking my own. Love my trips out to the farm.  Can’t wait to get out to some more this summer.

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UP NEXT: We take you to Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food in Bentonville, Arkansas. Because Chef Brooks teaches there, he give you an experience in the classroom that you won’t forget. Stayed tuned for more details on next weeks show on Facebook. Please keep up with us by following us on there and Instagram. We are always on there letting you know what we are up to. Just had an amazing response to a post about the Pink Tomato Festival. We had 153 shares and almost 30,000 views and we didn’t even boost the post. Sounds like Bradley County is excited about us wanting to come down there and do a show. Can’t wait to get out and experience the rest of Arkansas.

 

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