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Chef Talk: Berry Delicious Family Recipe

Chef Talk: Berry Delicious Family Recipe

Well, we are a little behind on posting after a little vacation, but back to summarize our thoughts on the last episode and the end of Season 1.

Randy Arnold at Arnold Family Farm

The Arnold Family Farm was so fun to visit. Of course we went out looking for strawberries, but we also learned about their general store and also their chicken egg operation. The chickens is how it all started for Randy at this location and he has never looked back. As his father, Fred told us, that is all Randy ever wanted to do even if he didn’t suggest that life for him.

Hard at work

Randy logging information in the chicken house after we gathered a few eggs for show.

Randy gets up earlier that I can imagine everyday and takes care of business. You would truly have to love what you are doing, to do that every morning. But he does without complaint. His parents have supported him all along the way because he is such a good son. Fred even claims he never had to spank him, but once. It was always after a visit to the grandparents that would make Randy act up, which I can totally relate with my kid.

While out picking, we got to learn about what they have been doing to educate kids about farming and where their food comes from. What started as a half-day field trip for a few Crawford County kindergarten students six years ago, has become an outdoor classroom experience for more than 1,000 children and parents. Check out this video the Farm Bureau had put together a few weeks before we were there. So happy they grabbed some great footage from.  Thank you again for providing that footage!

After going through the process of growing strawberries and then picking these strawberries, I went back to the kitchen to make a homemade pie, crust and all. This is a Brooks family secret I’m sharing with you. Our recipe for pie crust is so good, man, it’s going to make this strawberry pie just plain delicious.

Because of the additional general store footage and farm, we had to cut a lot from this episode. We didn’t even get to show you how to make the Whip Cream topping. We shot it of course, so we will create a little video to show you how to finish of this delicious, refreshing dish as soon as we can. Look for it here and on Social Media.

Whip Cream Recipe

WHAT’S NEXT: We are in the process of working out details for Season 2, so don’t have anymore info to share about future episodes. What we do know is that it has been fun and there are a lot of stories out there to tell. More stories that episodes, but we will do our best to get out there and capture what is happening as well as give you ideas on what to do with that produce. Until then, support your local farmers markets and let know what you are doing with the Arkansas Grown Produce.

Thanks again for your support and keep watching each week!

More than just pumpkins

More than just pumpkins

We hope you enjoyed this episode of Cook with Brooks on ‘Country Pumpkins’.  As we covered in Episode 5, McGarrah’s Pumpkin Patch has a lot of pumpkins and sunflowers to enjoy in October. Well, fall is a few seasons away, but their is a lot more to do at this family owned farm during the rest of the year. They continue to provide a place where families can go to enjoy nature, spend quality time together, and provide a lot more fresh produce starting around Mother’s Day. That is when you can get some of their delicious berries. Keep reading to see all their produce and where to get it.

Their produce also includes:

  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Okra
  • Eggplant
  • Jalapeños
  • Bell peppers
  • Banana peppers
  • Anaheim peppers
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Butternut squash

You can find most of their produce at the local farmers markets, including Downtown Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista, Pea Ridge, and Fayetteville Farmer’s Markets. You may also see their produce in your local grocery stores.

Just like with the pumpkins, if you want to get out to the farm and get some berries, you can come out with the family and do the “U-Pick” or “We Pick” option from May through July.

Strawberries are usually at their locations near Mother’s Day. Strawberry season typically lasts 3 to 4 weeks, but all of this depends on rain, sunshine and temperature. Please check their website and Facebook page for updates on when berries are available or listen to our automated message at (479)276-3559.

Additional berry patch locations:

Our Pea Ridge strawberry patch address:
14804 Miser Rd, Pea Ridge, AR 72751.

Our Lowell strawberry patch address:
214-352 S. Bloomington Blvd. Lowell, AR 72745

Our Raspberry and Blackberry Patch address:
12001 Ervin McGarrah Road. Lowell, AR 72745

Additional resources:

UP NEXT we are “Going a Different Whey”. We take a trip to the farm to learn about White River Creamery in Elkins, Arkansas. This family worked together after moving from the Los Angeles area to start a dairy farm and a new way of life. Together, they are now making some of the best cheese in Northwest Arkansas. Brooks goes back to the kitchen to create a chicken slider recipe using their Triple Pepper Halloumi Cheese and other local ingredients.

White River Creamery