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Author Archive | Kim Pierce

Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

For food lovers, nothing is so dear as a good cookbook. Even in the digital age, the look and feel of real paper pages hold deep and lasting pleasures no printout or laptop can match. A good cookbook also bears witness to how much it is loved in the form of accumulated stains and spots—something you’d never want on your laptop anyway.…

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From the Battlefield, Tea for Peace

Photography: Teresa Rafidi

“My introduction to tea,” says Brandon Friedman (left), “was sitting around eating kebabs with tough guys wearing bandoliers and AK-47 rounds.” Friedman and business partner TK Kamauf (right) served together in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
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How Charlie Shines a Light on Fort Worth

Photography: Teresa Rafidi

Charlie Blaylock answers the door in his signature wide-brim hat, gray-tinged brown hair pulled back in a ponytail. Moose, his mutt, barks briefly at the intruder before Charlie good-naturedly shushes him. (My ankles are safe.) Before long, we’re walking the beds of Shine’s Farmstand, which are in transition from summer to fall-winter on my visit.…

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A Fresh Take on Teen Spirit

  1. aFifteen-year-old Dawson Mehalko brings singular focus to his Trenton farming plot



Wearing black rubber boots against the sticky gumbo mud, Dawson Mehalko is the farmer-gardener in charge of Jubilant Fields Farms—outside Trenton north of McKinney—from its neatly planted rows of baby lettuces and broccolini to its trellised tomatoes winding high inside the 1,000-square-foot greenhouse.…

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Welcome changes for Texas Cottage Food Law and More

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Starting today, changes to the Texas Cottage Food Law dramatically expand what Texans can make and sell from their home kitchens—as well as where they can sell them. And the good news doesn’t stop there. Thanks to other legislation, Texans can now take home a six-pack from their favorite craft brewery, and they’re free to grow industrial hemp and buy and sell hemp-derived CBD oil.…

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Our Quest for Community

Community synergy is difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. It’s the spark that lit and sustains Chefs for Farmers, an annual gathering started in 2010 whose mission is to bring together “chefs, artisans and culinary influencers to celebrate supporting local and regional farmers.” Synergy is behind McKinney’s organic emergence as a locavore hot spot, and synergy helped Coppell elevate its humble Old Town Coppell farmers market to the centerpiece of a warm, people-friendly development.…

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How We Drink

Photo: Matthew Rainwater
Photo: Robert Strickland

Nowhere has North Texas seen more dramatic change than in the way we drink. Craft beer alone has undergone nothing short of a revolution. A decade ago, Franconia Brewing Co. in McKinney and Rahr and Sons Brewing in Fort Worth were early, fledgling North Texas brewers.…

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Strawberry Fields


Ella Morgan at Pecan Creek Strawberry Farm. Photo: Teresa Rafidi.

Strawberries are a hot new item on North Texas farms. A decade ago, you just didn’t see them in our area, save for a single pick-your-own in Arlington. Then about six years ago, Bobby Bever and his family’s Highway 19 Berries and Produce in Athens started growing them—first for farmers markets (Good Local and McKinney), now for a pick-your-own at the farm, too.…

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How We Eat

The Brown family at their Lucas farm. Photo: Melinda Ortley.

Today, the quest for “clean” food, grown as naturally as possible, is leading more consumers to seek out local farmers and ranchers. This goes beyond the desire for fresh flavors, which has driven the locavore movement since its inception.…

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How We Grow

Megan Neubauer, Pure Land Farm. Photo: Desiree Espada
Patrick Wright, Bonton Farms. Photo: Robert Strickland

North Texans love to get their hands in the dirt and grow wonderful edible things. What gardener has not been seduced by the flavor of a vine-ripe tomato or a peach eaten out of hand, still warm from the sun?…

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