Cover of Fresh Pickings magazine feature two horse ride

Fall edition of Fresh Pickings delivers ag awareness to consumers statewide

October 20, 2022 | Lydia Zerby

More than 140,000 food and health-minded Iowans discovered the latest issue of Fresh Pickings magazine in their mailboxes, email inboxes and on social media this week.

The Iowa Food & Family Project’s seasonal print publication makes modern agriculture accessible, interesting and relevant to consumers statewide through personable editorial and stunning photography.

The latest issue showcases how soybeans are a great source of protein and oil, while also creating surprising and sustainable solutions for everything from roads to roofs. Plus, readers will fall in love with the Community Orchard, savor and celebrate three versatile tenderloin recipes and meet the Ebersole family – who are first-generation cattle ranchers. Plus, readers will be inspired to take a road trip to Iowa’s oldest restaurant and visit charming and iconic Ben Franklin stores.

Erica Lain, who grows soybeans and corn and raises beef cattle with her husband Kenton, begins her year-long “Fresh Picked” magazine series and discusses the many ways agriculture is grounded in sustainability. 

About the Food and Family Project

Fresh Pickings magazine, published quarterly, is available at no cost at Iowa-based Earl May Nursery & Garden Centers and distributed at Iowa FFP events (while supplies last) as well as by partners and select organizations featured in the issue. Readers can also view the publication online and request a mailed subscription at

Funded in part by the soybean, pork, corn, beef, dairy, egg and turkey checkoffs as well as non-checkoff resources.