Front Porch - Sept./Oct. 2013
P. Allen Smith - All about Apples, Farm Bureau Matters, Food for Thought, Taste Arkansas - The Arkansas Black Apple, Garden Home Design - Decorating with apples, Do It Yourself - Build a shooting bench, In The Kitchen - Fresh Apple Cake, Building Wealth - Smart way to do business.
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Front Porch I arf b .com Front Porch Farm Bureau September - October 2013 C o v e r I Matters by Randy Veach President, Arkansas Farm Bureau “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 in fact, went to countless homes and Timothy 4:7 farm shops to increase understanding of how these farmer funded check-off While I have the privilege and honor On the Cover — An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, it certainly can’t hurt. A medium-size apple with the skin on (95 calories) provides 17 percent of your daily fiber needs, is a good source of vitamin C and is wonderfully flavorful. Send comments to: email@example.com 6 3 4 All aboutApples P. Allen Smith Farm Bureau Matters Randy Veach Food for Thought Ewell Welch 14 Taste Arkansas Tara Johnson 16 Garden Home Design 21 24 26 P. Allen Smith Do It Yourself Monte Burch In the Kitchen P. Allen Smith Building Wealth Will Hileman of carrying the title of president of the idea to create the Arkansas Foundation Arkansas Farm Bureau, the person who has for Agriculture, which brought together the most meaningful impact on the day- various entities to promote the Arkansas to-day success of the organization is the farmer and rancher to the general public. executive vice president. And more recently, it was Ewell’s vision Ewell Welch, a close, personal friend Leadership Council, a training program seek when dealing with difficult issues, is that enhances the leadership skills of Farm retiring from that role on Nov. 1, ending Bureau members. This doesn’t take into 36 years of service to the organization. consideration the countless other issues For the past 11 years, Ewell has served as that his wisdom helped guide Arkansas executive vice president, where his humble Farm Bureau and other organizations to leadership and wisdom have aided each of success. us who enjoy the benefits of Farm Bureau membership. and conversation. My wife Deanna and next page. With his usual understated I look forward to doing things we have style, Ewell’s column is not about him, put off doing for a long time, specifically but rather the principled and meaningful spending more time with our children and purpose of Farm Bureau, its leaders and grandchildren. “I am excited for the future of Arkansas while working for such a well-grounded Farm Bureau, because I know its mission organization. The willingness to always and purpose will carry on and continue to put others above himself is the sign of a have a positive impact on our state.” Raised in rural Yell County, the son of a vo-ag teacher and FFA advisor, Ewell is a man of incredible integrity – among the Because of Ewell’s work and leadership, this organization has talented and effective employees, motivated leaders and a stable financial future. I want to extend a sincere thank you most principled I’ve ever been around. to Ewell Welch and a hearty bon voyage He’s a man of his word. While his words to him and his wife Deanna. Ewell has, are few, when Ewell speaks his words are indeed, fought the good fight, finished meaningful. the race and kept the faith alive for a Before moving into executive management, Ewell worked in Farm Created by Publishing Concepts, Inc. For Advertising info contact David Brown • 1-800-561-4686 firstname.lastname@example.org made after a lot of prayer, reflection in his “Food for Thought” column on the made Ewell such an effective leader. pcipublishing.com In announcing his plans to employees, Ewell wrote this: “This decision was He writes about his pending retirement true servant leader and, to me, that’s what Rhonda Whitley at email@example.com Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Farm Bureau Center P.O. Box 31 • Little Rock, AR 72203-0031 Fax: (501) 228-1557 Please provide membership number. that led to the creation of the President’s of mine and someone whose opinion I employees, and the privilege he’s felt For address changes, contact: programs could be successful. It was his Bureau’s commodities division. While meaningful and successful Arkansas Farm Bureau. God bless you and your families. God there, he helped revamp several of the bless the farmers and ranchers of Arkansas. commodity promotion programs. Ewell, And God bless Arkansas Farm Bureau. Front Porch I arf b .com b 3 Front Porch Arkansas Farm Bureau © 2013 Official membership publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Front Porch is mailed to more than 200,000 member-families. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Included in membership dues. Arkansas Farm Bureau Officers: President Randy Veach Manila Vice President Rich Hillman Carlisle Secretary/Treasurer Tom Jones Pottsville Executive Vice President Ewell Welch Little Rock Directors: Richard Armstrong, Ozark Troy Buck, Alpine Jon Carroll, Moro Joe Christian, Jonesboro Terry Dabbs, Stuttgart Mike Freeze, England Bruce Jackson, Lockesburg Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Mike Sullivan, Burdette Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View Food for Thought I Ex Officio Sherry Felts, Joiner Brent Lassiter, Newport Janice Marsh, McCrory Brian Walker, Horatio Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Writers: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory by Ewell Welch Executive Vice President, Arkansas Farm Bureau I struggle to find the right words for availability of quality health care in this my final Food for Thought column. our rural communities, the statewide My retirement from Arkansas Farm trauma network, and (still) a quality Bureau, after 36 years, is official Nov. transportation infrastructure, in 1. I wish good fortune on this great addition to the obvious work in the organization and its members, Rodney areas of state and national agriculture Baker, who will be the next executive policy. vice president, and the many volunteer leaders who provide Arkansas Farm Bureau with its collective soul. As I reflect on Arkansas Farm Our work has been meaningful. And it won’t stop. With an exploding world population and the resources to grow crops and Bureau and what it means, I’m struck raise animals for food production near with the noble purpose and mission capacity, our work to ensure a safe of the organization: to advocate on and wholesome food supply will be behalf of the men and women of challenged. While some with confusing agriculture. and misguided intentions attempt In many ways, that purpose is more to paint modern farmers and their meaningful now than in 1935 when production methods in an unflattering Arkansas Farm Bureau was founded. light, the farmers and ranchers of our We now have less than 2 percent of state, and this nation, are out working Americans engaged in production to end world hunger. Let me be clear, agriculture, compared to upward our farmers and ranchers aren’t the of 25 percent of the population in problem, they’re the solution — and 1935. Because of the limited numbers one of the great American success stories involved in farming, if we don’t of the last century — with history and have an advocacy organization like modern science on their side. 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Long live Arkansas Farm Bureau. b Front Porch I arf b .com 5 Allabout Apples 6 Front Porch I a r fb.co m W When you’ve tasted a really good apple, it’s easy to understand why Eve in the northwest region of the state. was tempted by this fruit. My favorite Arkansas was experiencing what was varieties are crisp, sweet and juicy. To termed “southern apple mania.” me the texture is as important as the flavor. The apple harvest ushers in fall, monoculture began producing poor and heritage apples are garnering more apple harvests. Ben Davis, the backbone and more attention these days. I’m glad, apple variety of the Arkansas industry, because there’s such a wide range of was no longer recommended for flavors from which to choose. planting. Demand for southern apples Diversity is a good thing Most often when you go to the lessened, and farmers began to diversify. However, the Arkansas Black apple, with its dark-purple, thick skin, is a survivor of those days (see page 14). grocery store these days, you see Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, maybe Braeburns, Fujis, of course by P. Allen Smith But an industry that was largely a Granny Smith, and that’s about it. The Buncombe connection While the Arkansas Black may However, in the 19th century and have been the best-known apple in even before, there were hundreds of Arkansas, the Buncombe was the best apple varieties from which to choose, known in my family. I don’t know if each having its own delicious, unique you’re like me in this regard, but when flavor. With all the new interest in I have a childhood memory or think these heritage apples, you no longer back to something that really made me have to grow the apple trees to enjoy happy, I want to repeat it. I guess it the vintage varieties. Rome Beauty, just comes with maturing. McIntosh and Jonathan are some of my My aunt and uncle had an old favorites. Thomas Jefferson loved his apple tree by their dairy barn. It was apples. Esopus Spitzenburg and Cox’s a Buncombe apple, which comes from Orange Pippin were among his favorites. the 19th century. My aunt would pick those apples every fall, peel them and dry them, and throughout winter A little history she’d make the most delicious fried Arkansas was once known for its pies. As a matter of fact, she still does. apple production. In the early 19th She took bud wood off of that very century, settlers were moving west and Buncombe tree and grafted some apple planting their favorite apple varieties. trees for me for the heritage apple By the middle of the century, northwest orchard at my farm. Arkansas orchards were booming. So by selecting heritage varieties for Surviving the ravages of the Civil the Garden Home Retreat, I can enjoy War and with the rapid growth of the some of those flavors of the past, railroads, by the late 1800s, the market and at the same time, preserve the for apples grew steadily. important bud wood or genetics of the By the early 1900s, Arkansas orchards were producing millions of trees for future generations. In addition to my aunt’s bushels of apples each season. Benton Buncombes, we chose 10 varieties of and Washington counties alone had heritage fruit trees rarely found in a combined total of two million orchards today. Diversity is a good apple trees, and the commercial apple thing. Front Porch I arf b .com 7 JAMESON Architects PA and Switch Photo Fall’s tempting abundance industry became the largest employer Apple varieties planted at the Moss Mountain Farm orchard: Hortus Ltd. Ashmead’s Kernel Calville Blanc Arkansas Black Cox’s Orange Pippin Honeycrisp Hewe’s Virginia Crab Esopus Spitzenburg Magnum Bonum Transcendent Crab 8 F ront P orch I arf b .com You’ll see I’ve also mixed in time. Three is even better. Taste is should periodically test your soil to a few crabapples with the fruit- important when choosing varieties determine the need for any other bearing varieties. We’ve all heard but so are disease resistance and chill nutrients. of crabapples, but exactly what are hours. Don’t forget this. they? The main difference between Apples (and crabapples) benefit Depending on your space, you can from a later winter pruning. I tackle these two is the size of the fruit. choose rootstocks that will produce this job just as the leaf buds are Crabapples produce a tiny fruit full size, semi-dwarf or dwarf trees beginning to swell. I don’t take in fall, but it’s the profusion of and strains that are spur type or non- out any major limbs. I just try to springtime blooms that makes them spur type. Spur types and semi-dwarf clean it up, removing broken, dead so desirable. or dwarf rootstocks are usually better or unwanted branches and twigs, Planting apples in your backyard for a home garden. They’re smaller and open up the canopy, so all the is easier than you think. They love trees and easier to harvest, prune and branches can get more sun and air sun, especially in the morning to spray. They also tend to bear fruit at circulation. Now, I don’t let anything dry the dew, and good soil with an earlier age. go to waste. All of the twigs I cut off good drainage. With just a few While a tree is young, fertilize are bundled together for use when considerations, you can have your yearly with a complete organic grilling. I love to cook chicken over own mini apple orchard. fertilizer following package directions fruit wood. The flavor is excellent. Apples require pollen from and keeping the fertilizer at least The other task I do in late winter/ another variety to set fruit, so you’ll 6 inches away from the trunk. early spring is applying dormant need space to plant at least two After a few years, the trees will oil. This suffocates any insects and varieties that bloom at the same only need a nitrogen fertilizer. You keeps fungal problems at bay. Foundation Problems? Call us Today for a FREE Estimate! RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL Locally Owned and Operated SLAB REPAIR PIER & BEAM • • • • • • • • • • DuraSteel Piers Pilings Mud Pumping Raising & Leveling Brick Repairs Sills Replaced Joist Replaced Rotten Floors Replaced Raising & Leveling Termite Damage Repair HOME SERVICES INC. Piers to Stable Clay Pressed Pilings to Refusal Call 870-798-3807 • Toll-Free 1-877-256-7900 • www.homeservicesarkansas.com HOME SERVICES, INC. SAVES YOU MONEY! Front Porch I arf b .com 9 Jane Colclasure Old world Espalier is a tree-growing technique developed in Europe in the mid 1600s. The tree is trained to grow in a flat plane against a wall or trellis. Itâ€™s an efficient way to grow apple trees in limited garden space like this tree in the Moss Mt. Farm garden. 10 Front Porch I arf b .com Space saving espaliers I’ve always had a thing for the espaliered (pronounced is-pal- effect of causing the plants to Enter the honeybee, one of the most produce more fruit. important pollinators of apples trees. The reasons for growing espaliered Honeybees tend to visit flowers yerd) trees at George Washington’s trees are still viable today. They’re in the morning, so activities like Mount Vernon. So I made sure to excellent space savers perfect for spraying or mowing should be put incorporate some into the landscape small gardens, offer easier access for off until later in the day, allowing plan of my farm garden. What I gardeners with limited mobility and them to do their job and give you appreciate about them is they’re because they’re less susceptible to a good apple crop. It’s best not to beautiful and useful. Espalier training breaking branches, these trees have spray any pesticides on your lawn or in the classic European styles can be an incredible life span. You can find in your garden that could possibly traced back to techniques developed espaliered apple trees around 150 harm honeybees until late afternoon in the mid 1600s by Father Legendre years old that still produce fruit! or evening when the bees are least of Hanonville, France. The problem he faced was the last frost of the season would kill the fruit buds. He likely to be out foraging. Honeybees and apple trees I get ready for the harvest as summer days shorten and the apples also noted the trees planted nearest Because apple flowers are not begin ripening. The pruned twigs get the monastery walls always suffered self-fruitful — requiring pollen from used in the kitchen for cooking, and, less bud kill. So he planted more another apple or crabapple variety — of course, the glorious apples are trees near walls. He eventually ran they also need a means of transport eaten fresh and also dried just like into a space problem, so to remedy to get the pollen from one flower to Aunt Genny does. Although I don’t this he started shearing the trees, the next. With ample pollen, you’ll know if I can ever manage to make which he discovered had the positive have more fruit of a higher quality. fried pies like she does. b Apples originating in Arkansas Ada Red Arkansas Black Arkansaw (Arkansas Red) Ashton Beach (Lady Pippin) Coffelt (Wandering Spy) Collins Elkhorn Arkansas best Arkansas led the nation in commercial apple production in the early Etris 1900s. Benton County was the leading apple-producing county in the country in Evans 1901 with 2.5 million bushels. Florence Givens (Arkansas Baptist) Mock (Adirondack) Stevenson Pippin (McAfee) Hastings Red Oliver Red (senator) Summer Champion Tull Highfill Rutherford Wilson June Howards Sweet (London Sweet) Shannon King David Springdale Front Porch I arf b .com Courtesy of Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers, Ark. 11 For Advertising Information Your membership is growing tomorrow. Front Porch Magazine #1 Largest Bi-Monthly audited circulation in Arkansas *Statewide 700,000 plus readership *Interesting-Timely-Pertinent TASTE ArkAnsAs.com *Invest your advertising dollars securely & wisely *Circulation Audited by Verified Audit Circulation Call or e-mail David Brown 1.800.561.4686 email@example.com from farm to table Our Taste Arkansas food blog connects those interested in food production with the farmers & ranchers who provide an abundance of Arkansas agricultural products. 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Then, in 1835 and 1836, nurseries were established at Canehill in Washington and the Depression of the 1930s reduced County and at Bentonville in Benton the viability of Arkansas’ commercial County to meet the need for a budding orchards. The state’s apple industry never commercial apple industry. Farmers sold recovered. However, the Arkansas Black excess apples from the expansion of their apple survives to this day, and we’re kitchen orchards to freighters who hauled better off because of it. apples in open wagons. Of all the numerous southern varieties The Arkansas Black is a round, medium-sized apple. The flesh is yellow, of apples, Arkansas is best known for fine grained, crisp and juicy. The skin the Arkansas Black apple. Early sources is dark red to black, and the fruit ripens indicate a farmer named Mr. Brathwaite in October or November. Many enjoy developed the Arkansas Black apple eating Arkansas Blacks fresh, but it’s in 1870 in his orchard northwest of also a favorite for pies and cobblers. Bentonville. There weren’t many large Before widespread refrigeration, many orchards of Arkansas Black apples. Arkansans dried apples for future use; However, in the late 1800s, the Arkansas crushed for juice, cider or vinegar; or Black apple made up 10 to 15 percent of canned as apple butter. Farmers still the state’s apple production. At that time, grow Arkansas Blacks. In fact, the farmers exhibited apple varieties at local, Arkansas Black makes up about 3 to 5 national and international exhibitions. In percent of Arkansas’ total apple crop. 1900, the Arkansas Black apple won first Various apple-producing regions grow prize at an exhibition in Paris, France. Arkansas Black apples throughout the By 1920, an infestation of codling moths in apples required spraying, which U.S., including California, Washington, Oregon and Ohio. made growing apples more expensive. Then, the required washing of apples to Tara Johnson is a contributor to remove spray residue further increased Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Taste Arkansas growing expenses. Drought conditions blog. For recipes, videos and farmer profiles, across several years stressed orchard trees, visit tastearkansas.com today. 14 Front Porch I b arf b .com 1. When buying apples, look for fruit with a shiny skin. Dull skin indicates a lack of crispness. 2. Apples ripen up to 10 times faster at room temperature than refrigerated. 3. Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep the slices from turning brown. 4. A pound of apples, cored and sliced, measures about 4 ½ cups. 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Welch Executive Vice President NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF FARM BUREAU MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF ARKANSAS, INC. Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the members of Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc. will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in the Governor Fulton Room at the Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a Board of Directors for the ensuing year and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Tom Jones Secretary Front Porch I arf b .com 15 Garden Home Design Decorating with apples Fun, easy and beautiful indoor decoration Y Hortus Ltd. by P. Allen Smith You donâ€™t have to break the bank to create a spectacular decoration for fall. It can be as close as the produce department of the grocery store or Apple of my eye Be creative and use apples to decorate areas of your home (top). Apples can also be the subject of a decorative fall theme for mealtime entertaining with friends (below). the farmers market. And if apples and orchards are your thing, there are many Coring out the center to hold a used recipe books. In the front parlor, ways to add just the right touch. Just tiny bouquet of flowers is a fun and I often use a large apothecary jar filled remember to stick with a central idea whimsical way to use this diverse fruit. with apples as a focal point on my and color palette. Paired with a lattice ceramic basket library table. The simplest way to begin is to use bookend for some of my most-often- Apple totems tablescape With so many varieties of apples available in the fall, using a medley of them in a fun way can enliven Hortus Ltd. the apple as a vase or flower container. of apples, it becomes a decorative an autumn tablescape. Itâ€™s easy with a mixture of colorful varieties like Granny Smith, Red Rome and Pink Lady with some acorns and maize. Here, I used the golds, rusts, burnt reds and browns typical of autumn colors for the placemats and tableware. To make the apple stacks, I use a metal skewer to poke a hole through the apple and wooden skewers to hold the stacks together. Wooden bowls hold the apple arrangements with a bit of corn husk and some acorns sprinkled in. The different colors of the apples offer varied colors to compliment the scape. Finish it off with small votive candles to add a soft glow. Then add dried broom corn for more of the autumn harvest feel. 16 Front Porch I arf b .com b POULTRY W10 ORKSHOP 2 SAT21 SEPT ST AM TO PM AT MOSS 6 MOUNTAIN FARM IN ROLAND, ARKANSAS ticket price $90 per person What you’ll learn What it’s about Fresh eggs, free fertilizer and friendly companions – three good reasons to raise chickens in your backyard. Come out to P. Allen Smith’s “Backyard Poultry Day” to learn from the experts about how to get a flock started. 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Fasten the stretchers to the front and back table legs using exterior glue and self-starting exterior screws. Check each leg assembly with a carpenter’s square, Ready, aim, fire A stable platform, like this easy-to-build shooting bench is essential to making sure your rifle is sighted in accurately. and make sure they’re assembled square. Cut the short top side stretchers to length. Stand the leg assemblies up on one side, propping them in place. Fasten one in the same manner. Sand all rough edges. That’s all it takes. Now you’ve got the Scan QR code below to download schematic drawing of this shooting bench, short top side stretcher in place over the leg stable base needed to properly sight-in your or get it at http://www.arfb.com/docs/ assemblies and to the ends of the front and rifle. Good luck this season. shootingbench.pdf. b rear top stretchers. Cut the long bottom stretchers to length. Cut the front short legs to length. 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