Free-Range Dairies At a Crossroads

February 20, 2019

Four Florida dairy farmers are on a quest to expand consumers’ choices—and ensure their survival for future generations Okeechobee dairy farmer Chad Rucks drives his John Deere Gator into an open field not far from his milking barn. He is quickly surrounded by happy Holsteins eager to greet him and check out his rig. Cows at C&M Rucks Dairy freely roam grass-covered pastures 365 days a year. When not in the barn being milked or fed, they graze in fields or cool off in specially created ponds. This is how Chad’s parents, Cliff and Margaret, ran the operation. It is the way generations …

Forging a Different Education

February 28, 2019

Retired industrial arts teacher reaches youngsters through blacksmithing As John Lacefield pulls a glowing piece of hot metal from the forge, …

Photographing Friends

February 20, 2019

The last time I saw Rick, he was in his chilled, dark bedroom. He couldn’t take heat or light after …

U-Pick Farms Fresh as Can Be

February 20, 2019

Plump, juicy red strawberries are ripe for the picking at more than a dozen commercial strawberry farms across central Florida. For …

It’s Time for Brunch

Apple and Cheddar Tart 1 cup sharp cheese, grated 1 cup whole milk ½ cup heavy cream 1 egg, plus one egg yolk 1 refrigerated pie shell 3 medium apples Pinch of salt Heat oven to 350 F. Place …

Guilt-Free Treats

Creamy Banana Sorbet 2 bananas, frozen and chopped 1 teaspoon lime juice 2 tablespoons coconut cream (the thick part of canned coconut milk) 1 tablespoon maple syrup Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth …

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