It’s my birthday! And I can’t help but think that the February issue of Little Rock Soirée was compiled as a special gift for me. With articles about hot chocolate, bars of chocolate, and sustainable farming, the writers definitely had me in mind.
Loblolly Creamery (page 17): For my birthday celebration, I dragged Jake along to what I called an “ice cream crawl” (it’s like a pub crawl, but with ice cream instead of beer). And no ice cream crawl would be complete without Loblolly Creamery.
One of five locations highlighted in the "Warm Hearts" article, what you may not know about Loblolly is that they make way more than just ice cream. Their team of scoopers, churners, and chefs craft cookies, cakes, pies, macaroons, and (what you don’t want to miss this season) hot chocolate.
It was an honor to put my copy editing services to use in spreading the word about this local business. And while hot chocolate is a very important staple in our diets, what the article does not address is the company’s priority to supporting local farmers and choosing organic ingredients to “make a delicious difference” in the world.
Izard Chocolate (page 18): With Loblolly’s brick-and-mortar store nestled inside the Green Corner Store, take a look around and pick up a bar of Izard Chocolate. The Sweet Talk article explores the ethics behind producing and buying ethical chocolate, and as the first chocolate making company in Little Rock, Izard knows how important it is for companies to be transparent with their customers.
My favorite bar is the Dark Chocolate Almond, and I have been dying to try the Icelandic Sea Salt Caramels.
Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative (page 22): If you’re anything like me, you want “food from producers who farm with nature, not against it, and operate with transparency while raising healthy, happy animals.” The Growing Hope article tells the story of a cooperative of farmers that do just that.
Owned and operated by Arkansas farmers, the Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative focuses on sustainable agriculture and natural approaches to meet the demands for fresher, more natural foods.
This is a story you don’t want to miss.
Thank you for reading and for all the birthday wishes :)
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.