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Author Archive | Kim Pierce

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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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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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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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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Full Quiver’s New Milkmen

Photography by Desiree Espada

“Every one of these boys grew up
taking care of baby calves, from
when they were 5 or 6 years old.”
— Mike Sams

When Mike and Debbie Sams started making farmstead cheese at Full Quiver Farms from their dairy cow herd in 2002, they had no clue they were on the leading edge of North Texas’ locavore/farm-to-table movement.…

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Farming for Chefs (and other visionaries)

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Cartermere’s English breed Hampshire sheep have adapted to North Texas’ climate

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Hearty Naked Neck Poulet Rouge are so named for featherless necks

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The Carter family (from left): Nelson, Sandy, Landon, Lincoln with Liliana in front
Photos by Woodsy Wonders Photography

Cartermere isn’t a household name on the farmers market circuit, in part because the relatively young Celina farm started out with the goal of supplying chefs.…

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Shopping Italian? There’s only one Jimmy’s

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Brothers Mike (left) and Paul DiCarlo took over their father’s East Dallas
grocery and turned it into Dallas’ go-to Italian spot—with a side of local finds.

Photography by Teresa Rafidi

With its red, white and green awnings on a vintage brick storefront, Jimmy’s Food Store in East Dallas looks like it fell out of Little Italy.…

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LIQUID ASSETS: THE HOTTEST PLACE TO GROW WINE GRAPES?

Surprise—it’s Texas

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Brenda Canada, a High Plains Winegrowers Association board member,
walks with her grandsons through the Canada Family Vineyard in Plains.
Photo by Christina Feddersen.

The 2015 Texas grape harvest was one for the record books—the first time the state has ever produced a surplus.…

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Land Matters

With its vast open spaces and culture of possibility, Texas cries out to young farmers. The state has a way of getting under your skin, not to mention your fingernails. But somewhere between inspiration and perspiration, you’ve got to take the practical step: find some dirt you can dig in.…

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