Who We Are
Delta Blues Rice is grown, artisan-milled and packaged in small batches on the Arant family’s multi-generational farm that has been operating for nearly a century. The rich, Mississippi Delta soil, has given birth to agriculture and the Blues, feeding both the body and the soul of the country. Since its launch, the versatile pantry must-haves rooted in Southern culinary tradition have picked up awards from notable national players like Southern Living and Garden & Gun.
What We Do
Delta Blues Rice is truly a farm-to-table operation. The family oversees and carries out each step that brings the crop to your table—planting, harvesting, milling and packaging. On Arant Acres, they use only the highest quality seed and mill their harvest to order in small batches to ensure the freshest rice is provided every time. Because only one variety of rice is used, the flavor is rich, consistent and far superior to the typical brands found at the grocery store.
How We Began
The legacy of farming for the Arants of Ruleville, Mississippi, began in 1924 with Newton W. Carver when living off the land in the Delta was extremely difficult. With little mechanical equipment, mules and hardworking farmers had to drain swampland and clear forests to make the area suitable for farming. The hard work was well worth their efforts as the land yielded rich soil perfect for row crops.
The second generation of farming began when Hugh M. Arant, Sr., married Kathryn Carver, Newton’s daughter, in December 1949. Hugh, Sr., began growing mostly cotton on 300 acres Kathryn inherited from her father. Over the years, the farm grew substantially, and they began growing wheat, rice, soybeans and even catfish. The tradition continued with brothers Hugh Jr. and David Sr., and before too long, a fourth-generation farmer joined the ranks. David Jr. returned home after working as a civil engineer in Jackson, Mississippi, to carry on the family’s legacy.
For decades, the Arants milled their bounty themselves to share with friends and family who requested more year after year, which sparked an idea. With a need for high-quality, affordable, homegrown rice in the market, the Arants decided to launch Delta Blues Rice. The award-winning products are now milled and packaged on Arant Acres using modern equipment that Newton W. Carver would have had to see to believe. Delta Blues Rice can now be found in stores and restaurants across the country.