Boy eating pulled pork sandwich in Iowa

(Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / Joclyn Bushman)

Fresh Pickings magazine shows the benefits of soy foods

October 4, 2023 | Lydia Zerby

More than 147,000 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 soy foods provide significant health benefits to people of all ages, takes readers to a northwest Iowa community and through Iowa’s oldest state park, and showcases Iowa proteins through skillet meal recipes. Plus, readers will meet a farm family focused on the conservation of their land and go behind the scenes with Iowa’s unofficial beloved barbecue promoter. We also visit The Filling Station in Ames, where fourth-generation family owners are continuing the tradition of superior customer service.   

Kerri Bell, a fourth-generation farmer raising corn, soybeans, cover crops and alfalfa, as well as Hereford cattle in southeast Iowa, pens her first article for the Fresh Picked column. Learn why agriculture and advocacy are important to her family and how Kerri balances farm life with her role as a second-grade teacher. 

Fresh Pickings magazine, published quarterly, is available at no cost at Iowa-based Earl May 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.