Official Texas Pie Fest returns to Tate Farms in Rockwall this Saturday, June 18

Official Texas Pie Fest returns to Tate Farms in Rockwall this Saturday, June 18

Pie vendors from all over Texas selling pie, pie baking contest, pie eating contest, pie walk, pie throwing, pie fight and more  ROCKWALL, TX (June 14, 2022) Bonafide Betties Pie Co, voted Best Pies in Texas by USA Today in 2018, and Tate Farms, one of Rockwall County’s oldest working family farms join together to present […]

‘Smirl Girl’ celebrates 90th birthday at historic chapel

‘Smirl Girl’ celebrates 90th birthday at historic chapel

ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX (June 13, 2022) Lifelong Heath resident Clarice Smirl Isbell turned 90 on June 2. She celebrated with friends and family at the historic Smirl Chapel, which now sits on Tate Farms, one of the last family owned ranches in Rockwall County. Clarice grew up in those four walls, attending church weekly. When asked […]

Cooking with Ease: How-To Mini Cheesecake Party

Cooking with Ease: How-To Mini Cheesecake Party

ROCKWALL, TX – February 9, 2022 — It’s that time of year again. The time when we start to think about how we can show the special people in our lives just how much we love them. I know we are just coming off of Christmas, but Valentine’s is a little different. Whether it’s a […]

Introducing Rockwall Farmers Co-op

Introducing Rockwall Farmers Co-op

ROCKWALL, TX – February 8, 2022 — Tate Farms, one of Rockwall’s last working family farms, has just launched the Rockwall Farmers Co-Op. As food shortages continue to grow, local producers now have the opportunity to step in and provide where they may not have had the chance in the past. Since farmers markets are […]

Cooking with Ease: Gail Spann’s Ginger Meatball Recipe

Cooking with Ease: Gail Spann’s Ginger Meatball Recipe

ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 8, 2021 — A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stepping into someone else’s kitchen and watching them cook alongside friends. My husband, Evan, is on the Board of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation. Every year the foundation hosts a Brunch with Minerals tour and fundraiser with board member, […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Homemade Hamburger Helper

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Homemade Hamburger Helper

ROCKWALL, TX (August 22, 2021) If you’ve read this column in the past, you probably know I love meals and memories – meals that we’ve attached to positive memories in our life. Meals we’ve shared with loved ones while recapping our day or having important life conversations. As families head back to the classroom, memories […]

Cooking With Ease: Texas Pie Fest

Cooking With Ease: Texas Pie Fest

ROCKWALL, TX (June 23, 2021) Something very special happened a few weeks ago here in Rockwall County. The Texas House of Representatives recognized June 12, 2021 as the official Texas Pie Fest Day. Brittany Hardin of Bonafide Betties Pie Co. and I, Melissa Tate of Tate Farms, started Texas Pie Fest in 2019. That first year, […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easy Chocolate Pudding for Mother’s Day

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easy Chocolate Pudding for Mother’s Day

ROCKWALL, TX (May 5, 2021) As Mother’s Day approaches, I always think of my mom’s favorite things. What can I get her? What can I make her? How can I show her that I have been paying attention to what she likes all these years? As children, no matter how old we are, our natural […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easter Banana Pudding Cups

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easter Banana Pudding Cups

ROCKWALL, TX – April 1, 2021 – It feels like Easter 2020 was a lifetime ago and yet, we have only lived one year in that amount of time. I remember last year we were all still filled with immense uncertainty. Churches scrambling to find ways to reach their congregation without meeting in person, shelves […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Love Letter Hand Pies

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Love Letter Hand Pies

ROCKWALL, TX – February 5, 2021 — Love letters are a lost art. Email began to replace written word, quickly followed by the text message – some even giving the sender an immediate “read” so they know the recipient has seen the note. Can you imagine the vulnerability one had to have in sending a […]

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