a story of Southern agriculture

About

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by Beef & Sweet Tea.

This is a blog about a 5th generation beef cattle farm in the Southern United States.  It’s written by a local Southern woman who married a good looking Midwestern cowboy about as soon as his boots hit the state line to take over his family’s farm.

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He had the education to do the job – neither of us had any practical experience – `twas rough –  but as women will do, this one threw herself wholeheartedly into learning something new.

It’s taken about a decade to feel fluent enough in beef agriculture to write for you, but here I am 10 years and innumerable cow pies later. 

You’ll find a Thursdays series about agriculture industry topics and farm knowledge.  Fridays are a highlight of the week on the farm and our everyday life so that you can get to know your farmer better, if you like.

{UPDATE:  as of July 2015 the Friday Favorites are chronicled as farm favorites any day of the week on Instagram @beefandsweettea and in the right side header of the home page (it’s a live Instagram feed – click an image and enjoy the caption and comments!:)}

Any other posts throughout the week are for fun, for photography, etc.  I like a balance of structure and spontaneity and hope that weekly deadlines and weekly fun will make this blog a very enjoyable place for us to meet up.

Best,
Emily Grace
(a.k.a. BoB and similar derivatives like Bobbie SueJaneRaeJean.  It comes from Belle of Beef – a silly moniker for days when I’m covered in poop and sweat or just feel plain sassy)


 

FOR STARTERS:

Here are my thoughts on beginning this blog.

Here is why chapstick is more important than consumers initially think.

In summary, turnips.  Turnips, turnips, turnips.

My coworker is a canine.

Go ahead.  Tell somebody where they can park it.

Relationships.Don’t.Matter.

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24 Responses to “About”

  1. Franco Guerri

    Love it! I once earned the nick-name Cowboy Bob. See my comment under the beautiful Relationships post. Born in Rome (Italy not Georgia), then moved to Los Angeles, I was quite a transformation. I pray you come to embrace your farm life with all its challenges.

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  2. maryangelis

    Hello, Mrs. Grace,

    The post about neighbors is lovely: hard-won insights spun from thick & thin!
    “Beef & Sweet Tea” caught my eye because of the book “Expecting Adam.” In one chapter Martha Beck writes about a frightening medical experience that she weathered all alone with the help of a lot of faith; in the morning all she wanted was beef and sweet tea, and that was how she pulled her health back together.

    Thank you for the blog!
    Mary

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    • Emily Grace

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for stopping by! You are so welcome, and the pleasure is truly mine.

      I will have to check out “Expecting Adam.” There’s some personal symbolism for me in what you just shared and reading the entire novel could be a bit of Divine literary parallel that I just adore experiencing! One such novel, “The Magic of Ordinary Days” by Ann Howard Creel, is such a novel for me. Thank you for sharing how Beef and Sweet Tea caught your eye. Whether I connect with it deeply or not, I’m pleased to meet you AND I do believe that this blog is a “pulling back together” blessing for me.

      Best,
      Emily Grace

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  3. maryangelis

    Hello Mrs. Emily!

    As a little girl in Queens New York I dreamed of moving to a farm with horses and all of it. Between you and me, at least one of us made it!

    The memoir “Expecting Adam” had an ironic and somewhat dark sense of humor which was at times spread on a little heavy, and the author was just in the process of leaving her Christian background. But having said that, I thought it held some beautiful luminous incidents that still make me cry. Its theme is that during the times when life is hardest and we are just hanging on by the nails, THAT may be when Grace is truly present, and we are being cradled in very wise kind hands for better than we know. I’ve never given birth or been a mom, but still her book really resonated with me. It would mean a lot more to someone who actually has kids.

    Anyway! Back to read the rest of your blog and to follow along. Thank you so much, busy lady, for the kind reply. Remarkable from someone who probably gets up at 3:00 a.m.!

    Blessings,
    Mary

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    • Emily Grace

      Hi Mary,
      Thanks for more details on “Expecting Adam”. My local library does not have it, so I am going to put in my Amazon list! Yea!

      For the record, I don’t get up at 3am – that would be the dairyman’s wife. ;o) A beef cattleman keeps much better hours.

      Best,
      eg

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    • Emily Grace

      Mary, I wanted to let you know that I just ordered a copy of “Expecting Adam” – my library did not have it, but since you mentioned it in May, I have been curious about reading it. Thank you for sharing the title and summary of the book. My blog is on “autopilot” for August for just such a reason as this – a chance to read a bit more than usual!

      Best,
      Emily Grace

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      • maryangelis

        Dear Emily Grace, greetings and thank you for the kind comments! And it is understandable about your blog vacation — in your part of the country I would be out there eating peaches and corn. Here is hoping that you do like “Expecting Adam” as I did — her sense of humor is pretty wacky, but the book and her persistence in getting through hard times and looking for the meaning of It All really melted my heart. Wishing you a delightful end of summer, those fleeting days when we have harvest and flowers and yet the air has that fresh poignant hint of sunset to it… Take care, Mary

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    • Emily Grace

      Your photography blog is just lovely, Laura! I look forward to following along as well, and I hope to make this a very fair trade for your London cityscape.

      Thanks for coming by,
      Emily Grace

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  4. farmhousejournals

    So glad you stumbled across my blog because it lead me to this great site. Loving what I have read so far! Awesome job!

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  5. FlaHam

    Emily, I came to you originially from Kanzen, and have enjoyed our exchange and your writing so I decieded to follow for a bit. Teaching t his old dogs may not be to difficult, but no matter I will be reading along. Take care, Bill

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