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A Blooming Business

Flower farms have been blooming all over Oklahoma. And, much like the delightful products they grow, they come in a rainbow of varieties: Some allow for customers to visit and pick flowers themselves, while others sell pre-picked and selected bouquets to clients or for special events. And while this may sound like a simple, pleasant afternoon in the garden,...

A Seed that Blossomed

There are over a million restaurants in the United States. Each year, the James Beard Foundation chooses the 20 best to compete for its Outstanding Restaurant Award.  This past year, Lisa Becklund and Linda Ford’s restaurant Living Kitchen – il seme’s sister restaurant – was among those chosen. But long before Living Kitchen set the gold standard for farm-to-table dining...

A Hankering for Hickory

Pecans have been part of the fabric of Oklahoma since the state’s beginning ... and even before. The official Oklahoma state meal includes pecan pie as dessert, after all. But well before anyone was making pecans into pie, this species of hickory was nourishing the Indigenous people of the area and growing wild in this – their native habitat. “Pecans...

Travels to a Hidden Kitchen

In the morning, Carla Grogg drives south on Mingo Road in Tulsa. She turns east at a taco shop, passes two small strip malls, a golf shop and a school built like a fortress, and turns left through a gate. Past it, she is in the hidden world of a miniature farm, a tiny fruit orchard, a buzzing apiary and,...

An Unusual Ambassador

    Nestled in northeastern Oklahoma, an unforgettable, almost magical farm cultivates and cares for some of nature’s most beautiful creatures – butterflies. The Euchee Butterfly Farm just outside Bixby does more than care for these captivating insects; it makes an ecological and economic impact on the state. “As a butterfly farm, our main goal is to raise healthy, disease-free butterflies that can...