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Author Archive | Kim Pierce

Edible Politics: A Conversation with the Candidates

Learn About Our Texas Ag Contenders

In November, Democrat Kim Olson will challenge Republican incumbent Sid Miller in the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. It’s an office that uniquely affects areas of interest to Edible Dallas & Fort Worth readers: clean, locally and sustainably grown fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy, as well as Texas wines, artisan foods and farmers markets.…

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One Family, Two Farms

Photography by Teresa Rafidi


Kylie and Chris Demases with Allie (the pooch) and Ozzie at Pecan Creek Strawberry Farm in Pilot Point.


Pam (left) and George Demases at Demases Farm in Boyd, with cousin Tammy Demases McCown.

When lightning struck the Demases Farm one stormy afternoon in June 2014, it ignited a fire that ravaged the home of Robert and Pam Demases.…

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Lookin’ At You, Kid

One foot in the garden, one in the kitchen, chef Andrea Shackelford is a talent on the rise.

Photography by Melinda Ortley

With her cherubic face and generous smile, her dark hair pulled back in double sumo-wrestler knots, Andrea Shackelford isn’t the first person you’d pick out of a lineup as an up-and-coming chef.…

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The Buzz on Local Farmers Markets

Spring ushers in the busiest season for North Texas farmers, a rolling harvest that starts with onions, greens, radishes, strawberries and more before arcing through berries, tomatoes, peaches and melons—all the ripe, delicious flavors that spoil us for locally farm-grown fruits and vegetables.…

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Chefs Go Country—With Triplets


George and Katie Brown with (from left) Oliver, William and Clementine.

Photography by Melinda Ortley

“GEORGE” shouts the sign—a multi-colored, all-caps, plastic affair overlooking George and Katie Brown’s dining area, where five distressed- metal bistro chairs hug a spare, round table.…

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When Harry Met Judi

Photography by Teresa Rafidi


Judi Glasgow and Harry Butaud are living their dream at JuHa Ranch near Barry, where she drives the ATV and Harry travels by horse to manage their herds of cattle and sheep.

Brown braids. Domed cowboy hat.…

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Tasty Crackers


Photography by Desiree Espada

½ cup canola oil
¼ cup C&J Farms seasoning blend of choice
10 ounces oyster, saltine minis or other small crackers

Put oil and seasoning blend in a 1-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Mix to blend. Add the crackers, seal and mix well until all are coated

More About C&J Farms

  • C&J Farms sells at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market and many of the Four Seasons markets in the Dallas area.
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Hooked on Aquaponics


Goldfish start the aquaponics growing cycle at Profound Microfarms.

Photography by Teresa Rafidi

When Jeff Bednar first got interested in aquaponics in 2013, he and his three- and five-year-old daughters “built a countertop system with six goldfish and nine strawberry plants, which is how I got them interested.”

The real estate investor was looking for a sustainable way to grow food for his family.…

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A Farm for All Seasonings


All in the family at C&J: Group of six (clockwise from left): Connie Gibson with Jonah,
Matthew, Michelle, Isabelle and Noah Tyler. Right: Jim Gibson and Seth Tyler.

Photography by Desiree Espada

I’m not a big fan of seasoning blends. I’d rather mix and match herbs such as dried oregano and sage or fresh thyme and basil, often with a grating of lemon or orange zest, to create my own flavor profile for a particular dish.…

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The Master Growers of B and G’s Garden

STORY BY KIM PIERCE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERESA RAFIDI

If you’re a master gardener who loves growing fruits and vegetables, who connects powerfully to the land, how do you up your game?

Try full-on farming.

“I started out with a disc and a little tractor,” says Ben Walker, the “B” in B and G’s Garden.…

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