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10 Simple Strategies to Avoid “GMO Foods” May 8, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau While I’m completely at peace with “GMO foods” (genetically modified organisms), you may not be. So, I’m going to give you 10 simple strategies for avoiding GMO foods, what I prefer to call biotech foods.   Actually, it’s easier than you might think. In fact, if you can’t remember [...]

Got “Chocolate” Milk? April 29, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Recently, I sat down to breakfast with my good friends the O’Ds (O’Donnell). Scoping out the scene alternating between menu choices and people seated around the restaurant, I noticed a young couple close by. The girl was leaning (heavily leaning) against the guy prompting me to think okay no [...]

Christmas Traditions on the Farm: Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve December 3, 2012

Editor’s Note: Running my series again, Christmas Traditions on the Farm …   By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Ever since I can remember, Mom made oyster stew on Christmas Eve. As adults, we still ask Mom to do her oyster stew if we’re coming over on Christmas Eve. We usually will have a bowl [...]

Get Out Your Favorite Recipes, it’s the Holidays! November 28, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau and Julie’s Fresh Air  It’s the holidays. Get out your favorite recipes! One of the best places to go for really home-grown recipes is Fill Your Plate. Fill Your Plate is Arizona Farm Bureau’s online directory of direct-market Arizona farmers and ranchers. You can search by agriculture product category, [...]

Arizona’s Beef Market: It’s Bold! September 10, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Every September for the past several years I’ve asked the Arizona Cattle Growers and the Arizona Beef Council to give us a market update on one of our state’s largest agriculture commodities: Beef. This year the word is bold! If you read the article, Arizona Farming and Ranching: Bold [...]

Grandma’s Apple Pie August 10, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau and Julie’s Fresh Air Editor’s Note: Grandma Howard’s Apple Pie has become sort of famous. Local Media celebrity Jan D’Atri baked it and featured it on one of her “In the Kitchen with Jan” segments on KFYI 550AM. It’s also featured on Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate. So, [...]

Are You Eating Your Veggies? June 18, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau It’s a good question: “Are you eating your veggies?” Enough of them? Nutritionists say the average American is not eating enough vegetables. But, we can change that. It’s a matter of paying attention to our daily diet and the things we like to eat. Working for Arizona Farm Bureau [...]

In America, I Eat … Therefore I Am! May 14, 2012

 By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau At a friend’s home recently, guests from all walks of life and backgrounds gathered for feasting and fellowship.  While Debbie was dishing up yummy pulled pork for guests and directing them to the condiments and drinks one guest was handed a plate while she proclaimed to all who could [...]

“Lettuce” Make a Great Salad! October 10, 2011

By Arizona Farm Bureau’s Editorial Team Yuma, Arizona is gearing up for the winter “leafy greens” growing season! This modest community in southern Arizona becomes widely known as the nation’s winter salad bowl from around November to early March. That means that 90% of the nation’s vegetables for salads are grown right in Yuma during [...]

Fill Your Plate’s the Place to Go for Summer Veggie Recipes! July 27, 2011

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau I shared with you earlier my top list of summer vegetables. Well this morning, Sharla Mortimer of Mortimer Family Farms will be grilling up some fresh vegetables live on ABC 15′s Sonoran Living Live. So if you’re near your television set, tune in at 11:00am and get some tips [...]

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