Front Porch - Spring 2014
Farm Bureau Matters - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; Thinking Out Loud - Farm Bureau Savings Plus; 2014 Texas League All-Star Game; Great Grub - Enjoying some of Arkansas’ interesting eateries; Taste Arkansas - From farm to table; Garden Home Design - Me & my farm - P. Allen Smith; Land & People - Scott County Farm Bureau; Health & Safety - Tick-ing time bomb -Bite victims suffer from strange meat allergy; In the Kitchen - Mom’s magic - An updated version of a childhood favorite; Building Wealth - Financial spring cleaning
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Amber Bynum Miss Arkansas 2006 Kristen Glover Miss Arkansas 2011 Lacy Glover Miss Arkansas 2004 • Safe affordable food • 27% of Arkansas jobs • 75% of wildlife habitat growingarkansas.org 2 Front Porch I arf b .com Front Porch Spring 2014 Farm Bureau On the Cover — Los Angeles Angels sensation Mike Trout graces our cover in a photo from his allstar playing days with the Arkansas Travelers. Dickey-Stephens Park will host this year’s Texas League AllStar Game on June 24, giving fans a chance to see future big league stars. Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Travelers Send comments to: email@example.com I Matters by Randy Veach President, Arkansas Farm Bureau I was fortunate to be among 20 or so 4 in cottonseed, grain sorghum and turkeys – and were surprised to learn agriculture has the largest economic impact in the state, generating $17 billion and one in every six jobs. We specifically encouraged the EU to reevaluate its regulations and begin the process of opening markets to more U.S. agricultural goods. We already have significant trading relationships with EU countries — conducting $2 billion a day in business — roughly one-third of all global activity. However, the EU hasn’t been an especially cooperative trading partner when it comes to agricultural products. In the past, the EU has used food recalls as a reason to defensively block U.S. food products. The countries of the EU also put severe restrictions on genetically enhanced crops. The EU has allowed emotion, not science, to drive some of its trade decisions. That position must be addressed in any free-trade discussion. My hope is we’ve turned a corner with EU leaders. The presence of two UK officials in Little Rock to discuss the proposed freetrade agreement was encouraging. After visiting with them, I believe they want a trading relationship built on mutual trust and respect for the food-safety protocols already in place. We will be seeking support for TTIP from our congressional delegation and will work to ensure agricultural trade is paramount in the discussion as it moves through the negotiation and legislative process. Arkansas’ economic relationship with the EU is already strong. A successful conclusion of TTIP would contribute significantly to the state’s future economic growth. God bless you and your families. God bless our farmers and ranchers. And God bless Arkansas Farm Bureau. state business, legislative and economic development leaders to meet recently with two officials from the United Kingdom. They were in Arkansas to promote the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The officials – British Consulate General Andrew Millar and Mark Kent, first secretary for the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. – are negotiators for the European Union (EU) and were guests of Arkansas World Trade Center President Dan Hendrix and officials from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Chances are you’ve never heard of TTIP. It’s a proposed free-trade agreement between the United States and the EU. You’ll hear more about it as negotiations intensify and it comes up for a vote in Congress later this year. TTIP would eliminate industrial, agricultural and service tariffs. If agreed upon, it would be the largest bilateral trade agreement ever. As part of the visit, the officials expressed support for trade promotion authority. This would allow the president of the United States to negotiate trade agreements independent of Congressional involvement. Congress ultimately votes on the agreement but with no amendments or filibusters. This is a policy Farm Bureau previously supported and continues to do so, because it allows trade decisions to be made without getting caught in a political tug-of-war. Much of our conversation that day focused on agriculture, our state’s largest industry. While the two foreign officials were aware of our state’s heft in the poultry industry, they were less familiar with the broader reach of agriculture in our state – 6 2014 All-Star Game Ken Moore Keith Sutton 14 Great Grub 3 4 Farm Bureau Matters Randy Veach Thinking Out Loud Rodney Baker Stephanie Buckley P. Allen Smith Land & People Gregg Patterson Health & Safety Keith Sutton In the Kitchen Heather Disarro Building Wealth Allyson Hamlin 24 Taste Arkansas 28 32 34 36 26 Garden Home Design Rhonda Whitley at firstname.lastname@example.org Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Farm Bureau Center P.O. Box 31 Little Rock, AR 72203-0031 Fax: (501) 228-1557 Please provide membership number. 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This is a great new member benefit and gives you, as Farm Bureau members, a reason to engage with us on a daily basis, as well as recoup in discount savings the cost of your membership. It’s a win-win for everyone. Arkansas Farm Bureau supports membership with political actions, insurance programs and other benefits. Now, this coming discount program also recognizes the need to provide daily, tangible value to you as a valued Arkansas Farm Bureau member. Statistics show the majority of consumers look for deals before making a purchase. Now, you’ll benefit that way by having access to local and national deals you’ll use regularly. We continue to evaluate our member programs and services, so you can get the best from your Farm Bureau membership. Start looking for the Savings Plus logo soon on arfb. com. All you’ll need to do is click on it to register for the Savings Plus program and begin enjoying the everyday savings. It’s another good reason to have an Arkansas Farm Bureau family membership. membership matters. It allows us to use the strength of our more than 192,000 family memberships to advocate on behalf of your interests and the interests of agriculture – the farmers and ranchers – who grow the food for our tables, the fiber for our clothing, the wood for our housing and even some of the new cleaner burning alternative energy sources. Your membership matters to you, because it provides access to numerous products and services that help protect and enhance the things and people closest to you. We’re always looking for new and convenient ways to make your Arkansas Farm Bureau membership more valuable in your day-to-day life. Our present programs provide savings on more care products, as well as in-home So I’m excited to announce that we’ll soon launch a discount program app you can load on your smartphone or access from your home computer that will provide our members with thousands of money saving opportunities in hometowns and local communities throughout the state. It’s called FB Savings Plus. It’s a partnership between Arkansas Farm Bureau and Access b 4 arf b .com JUMp MUsIC Bing Futch INto tHE Sarah Morgan Rick Thum Judy Klinkhammer et connected to the living tradition of music with our dulcimer workshops. Whether you are a player, or a listener, you’ll ﬁnd a connection at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. April 24-26 • Dulcimer Jamboree Workshops, jams and special concerts featuring some of the best instructors for both mountain and hammered dulcimers, including Aubrey Atwater, Tina Bergman, Bing Futch, Judy Klinkhammer, Sarah Morgan and Rick Thum. July 24-26 • Mountain Dulcimer Workshop Three-day intensive class open to players of all skill levels. July 31-August 2 • Hammered Dulcimer Workshop Three days of instruction to improve your technique and add to your repertoire. Scan with mobile QR Reader for more info. M O U N T A I N V I E W, A R K A N S A S Registration: 870-269-3851 • Cabins at Dry Creek reservations: 800-269-3871 OzarkFolkCenter.com Front Porch I arf b .com 5 The 2014 r a St l l A Texas League Front Porch I 6 a r fb.co m 9 e m a G r miss it. The last time the All-Star game was played in Pulaski County was in 2006 at Ray Winder Field, the year banks of the Arkansas River. before the Travelers moved to their new home on the The game has been a showcase for future Major T Tuesday, June 24, Dickey-Stephens Park, home of League Baseball (MLB) players and All-Stars. Scanning the box score from the 2006 All-Star game at Ray Winder you see names such as Troy Tulowitski, an AllStar with the Colorado Rockies, Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants, Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays, Kurt Suzuki of the Minnesota Twins and Chris Ianetta of the Los Angeles Angels. The winning pitcher was Ubaldo Jimenez, who came up through the Rockies organization and is now with the Baltimore Orioles. the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock, will host the Texas League All-Star game, and youâ€™ll not want to A showcase of future big league talent by Ken Moore Photos courtesy of Arkansas Travelers Front Porch I arf b .com 7 Fan favorites Catcher Hank Conger (left) and outfielder Peter Bourjos (bottom) each enjoyed the camaraderie developed with fans at Dickey-Stephens Park during their All-Star stays with the Travelers in 2009. Conger is now playing for the Los Angeles Angels while Bourjos plays centerfield for the St. Louis Cardinals. better than most players, an ability to just get on base consistently. The knowledge of just how to play the game seems to come to him. When he was here he was 19 years old. Even at that time he had a greater idea of what he was doing and his sense of the game than any 19-year-old I think I will ever see.” Trout fondly remembers his short stay with the Travs. “I really enjoyed my time in Little Rock and was The Travelers became the AA affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels in 2001, and a number of major league players have spent time in Little Rock. Fans who followed the team in recent years remember the names Eric Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Mike Napoli, Hank Conger, Garrett Richards, Mark Trumbo, Peter Bourjos, Jean Segura, Randal Grichuk and, most notably, Mike Trout. Fans then may not have known just how special a player Trout would become. He played in the All-Star game for the Travs in 2011 and then would go on to be named the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player runner-up for the Angels in 2012 and 2013. “Mike Trout was in a category all his own,” said Phil Elson, the radio voice of the Travelers the past 13 years. “No question, he’s the best player I’ve ever seen up close. I grew up in Pittsburgh watching Barry Bonds turn into a star, and I would put Trout on that level.” Trout played a little less than one full season for the Travs, having been called up by the Angels in September while the Travs were playing in the Texas League championship series. “What sets Trout apart is he’s not just a 5-tool player, he’s got a 6th tool, like a 6th sense. The 5 tools are understood to be able to hit for average, power, run, throw and have good speed,” Elson said. The 6th sense is essentially the ability to understand the strike zone amazed at the passion of the fans. I loved the city and the atmosphere the fans provided every night.” Future Angels’ teammates of Trout’s who played for the Travs included Bourjos and Conger. A common theme for the players about their time playing in central Arkansas was the passion and loyalty of the fans. “The fans really understand the game and want to get to know the players,” Bourjos said during a phone call from the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training facility. After being called up and playing parts of four seasons for the Angels, he was traded to the Cardinals in the offseason. “It was great to play in the Texas League All-Star game alongside future big leaguers like my teammate Mark Trumbo. I remember hitting against Matt Latos who is with the (Cincinnati) Reds and thinking this guy is good,” Bourjos said. “I really encourage even the casual baseball fan to come out and attend the (AllStar) game. You’ll have opportunities to meet and get autographs from players you may be watching on ESPN the very next season.” Conger is a catcher for the Angels now and played with Bourjos in 2009. “I vividly remember certain fans who were at the park day after day,” Conger said. “In the minors it’s more relaxed before the games, and it was great getting to know some of the loyal fans who got to the park early 8 F r o nt P o rch I arf b .com All-Star savvy Pitcher Garrett Richards (above) was another Travs All-Star in 2011. Shortstop Jean Segura was a Texas League All-Star for the Travs in 2012 then shot to the top as a National League All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers last year. and chatted with us while we were warming up. Some of them continue to follow me on Twitter, and that’s really cool.” Dickey-Stephens Park has become known as a “pitcher-friendly” park where it’s difficult to hit home runs. That should make it interesting to see how many are hit out during the home-run derby prior to the game. One of Conger’s All-Star game memories was watching his good friend Trumbo (now with the Arizona Diamondbacks) win the home-run derby in 2009. Fans who followed the Travelers last season will remember outfielder Randal Grichuk who represented the team in the All-Star game hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Arvest Park in Springdale. Grichuk was part of the deal that sent Bourjos to St. Louis and is now a member of the Cardinals’ system. He echoed the comments that playing in central Arkansas was special. “For many of our fans, coming to the park was not just a social event,” Grichuk said. “Many of them are season ticket holders and made it to the park several times a week. They followed us faithfully and made it a point to get to know us. “Even though I’m in the Cardinals’ organization now, some of them are still keeping up with me on social media, and that’s pretty cool.” Garrett Richards, a right-handed pitcher with the Angels, was an All-Star for the Travs in 2011. “I always felt at home playing in Little Rock,” he said. “The talent throughout the league was tremendous, and it was always a challenge taking the mound in the Texas League.” Elson has been with the team long enough to appreciate the history of baseball here and the support the two river cities have given the Travelers through the years. Save the Date The Texas League All-Star Game, June 24, is sponsored by the Farm Bureau Insurance companies and is truly a family friendly event. The Travelers are going all-out to “pack the park.” “We are honored to have the opportunity to host the 78th Annual Texas League All-Star Game for the first time here at Dickey-Stephens Park,” said Drew Williams, director of tickets and corporate sales for the Travelers. “This game gives us the chance to showcase the community, our beautiful park and some of the top talent in all of Minor League Baseball. Featuring live entertainment, player autographs, a pregame home-run derby, great baseball and a postgame fireworks show. This event has all your favorite promotions all wrapped into one day.” Front Porch I arf b .com 9 Congratulations, Arkansas Travelers and Dickey-Stephens Park for being selected as hosts for the 2014 Texas League All-Star Game. All-Star Service Since 1947. Bill Dickey | All-Star. Arkansan. “I honestly believe it’s unrivaled by any other place in the league,” Elson said. “You have a franchise that has been using the same name since its inception. Not many teams can say that. Six major league Hall of Famers played here, including Bill Dickey of the Yankees, who the park is named after. That’s more than some big league teams can boast. “But what matters to the players is that there are people in the seats, the ballpark’s nice, the clubhouse is good,” Elson said. “No doubt the players appreciate the atmosphere the fans provide. That’s one thing that will make baseball stand out in a city is that special atmosphere in the park night after night. Fans here have had character, whether it was ‘HookSlide’ Bradshaw doing his thing entertaining fans in the third base bleachers at Ray Winder Field or our bleacher fans at Dickey-Stephens. “Get tickets to the All-Star game. Make plans to arrive early to take in all that the team has planned,” Elson said. “It will be a fun time for the kids and whole family. You won’t want to miss it.” And enjoy seeing some future MLB stars. b Step by step Randall Grichuk hit 22 home runs for the Travs last year and made the Texas League All-Star team. The talented outfielder was drafted ahead of Angels superstar and former Travelers’ All-Star Mike Trout. Grichuk is steadily climbing the ladder to the big leagues and is just a phone call away. He’s playing for the Cardinals AAA Memphis Redbirds. YOUR TRIP BEGINS HERE Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville #VisitArkansas A mountain oasis awaits you and your friends in The Natural State. Browse the boutiques and take in the sights, from acclaimed art galleries to breathtaking botanical gardens. For a girlfriends’ getaway, there’s no better place than Arkansas. ORDER YOUR FREE VACATION PLANNING KIT AT ARKANSAS.COM OR CALL 1-800-NATURAL. 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So why haven’t Arkansans developed a special cuisine Having traveled thousands of miles around Arkansas we can call our own? and eaten with folks in nearly every county, I think I have an answer. For Arkansans, variety is spice. We like foods of all kinds. And while untold numbers of great cooks — professional and non-professional — live here, they’ve never gotten our citizens to focus on one style of cooking long enough to develop an Arkansawyer cuisine. That’s not a bad thing, however. If you like eating as much as me, the resulting hodgepodge of delectable eats one can find while traveling the Natural State provides a never-ending source of tastebud-titillating pleasure. From great Southern-style cooking to superb foreign cuisine and everything in between, Arkansas has it. Look hard enough and you’ll discover many specialty dishes created by Arkansas chefs and served nowhere else in the So how do you find all this great grub? Start with the following guide to some of the best bites in the Natural State. And while traveling from here to there sampling tasty tidbits at these wonderful restaurants, watch for other cafés, drive-ins, diners, coffee shops, grills, cafeterias, sandwich shops, dairy bars, food trucks, bistros, saloons and greasy spoons where good food awaits the hungry traveler. No matter where you go in Arkansas, another memorable meal is somewhere just around the corner. Conway County Cuisine What to order: The menu is extensive for a country establishment seating 32. Breakfast selections include regular morning fare, plus the Bucket List’s own hungry-man pileups like the Sloppy Sherryl (hash browns, biscuits, eggs and choice of ham, bacon, breakfast sausage, Italian sausage or bologna stacked and smothered with gravy) and the 55-Gallon Lid Pancake. (It’s really as big as the top of a 55-gallon drum. If you can eat it in an hour, it’s free.) Lunch selections are more extensive with a variety of home-style plate lunches and sides. Favorites include many items piled high with delicious local ingredients, like the monstrous Reuben with homemade kraut and the Salty Sam, a hoagie loaded with locally made Italian sausage, three cheeses and grilled onions. It won’t be easy, but leave room for dessert, too. The Fried Filookie is highly recommended. It’s a battered, fried chocolatechip cookie cake with a molten chocolate center, smothered in ice cream, caramel and chocolate syrup. (5308 Highway 9, 501-893-9840) One huge sandwich A happy Bucket List customer tries unsuccessfully to polish off one of the restaurant’s enormous double bacon cheeseburgers. Bucket List Café Center Ridge Pay attention to the address because this holein-the-wall north of I-40 at Morrilton has no sign to indicate the metal building is a restaurant. Apparently it doesn’t need one as locals pack the place for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. The reason is simple. The friendly folks at the Bucket List serve huge portions of delicious food at reasonable prices, including specialties found nowhere else. Front Porch I arf b .com 15 Jonesboro’s Gem Godsey’s Grill Jonesboro The sign outside this downtown establishment says “Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizza, Steaks.” But there’s more to Godsey’s than meets the eye. The atmosphere is great for a business meeting or casual get-together. The bar has a great beer selection, and every item on the eight-page food menu is made in-house daily from fresh ingredients, including 21 types of burgers, 15 salads, an endless variety of wood-fired pizzas, juicy grilled-to-order steaks and much more. What to order: Godsey’s serves so many original dishes you could eat here every week for a year and not begin to try them all. Customer favorites include specials like Eggs Benedict with Spam and Duck Sliders (smoked Down-home goodness Stuttgart’s County Gossip restaurant has earned a reputation for preparing delicious soups, sandwiches and salads, like this piled high pimento cheese with mac-and-tomato soup. marinated duck breast with spicy slaw and pickles on fresh slider buns), plus regular menu items like the Cowboy Special sandwich (smoked bologna topped with tomato, bacon, fried egg and mayo served on Texas toast); the Piggy Pie barbecue pizza; the Fried Green Tomato BLT; and delicious bison steaks and burgers. Come hungry and start Rice and Duck Capital Favorite your meal with some of the best hot dips and homemade potato chips on the planet, including their one-of-akind Hog Wild Dip with smoked pulled pork, bacon, cream cheese and spices. (226 S. Main St., 870-336-1988, godseysgrill.com) Country Gossip Stuttgart Billing itself as the “One Stop Country Shop,” this quaint Main Street establishment sells country décor, furnishings and gifts in addition to great soups, sandwiches, salads and more. Four generations have worked in the 18-year-old business, a favorite of Grand Prairie regulars and out-of-town duck hunters. What to order: A friend who knows my penchant for a great pimento cheese sandwich recommended I drop in the Country Gossip and try theirs. “It’s the best,” she said. And she was right. I’d guess half a pound of the creamy, homemade spread was piled between two slices of toast with mayo and lettuce. It was almost as good as Mom used to make. With a bowl of mac-and-tomato soup on the side and a big cornbread muffin, it was too much to eat in one sitting. In addition to an extensive selection of sandwiches and salads, specials are posted daily, including scrumptious made-from-scratch soups like cheesy potato and chicken noodle, along with legendary Country Gossip entrées like chicken spaghetti and pinto beans with ham and cornbread. For a real treat that’s surprisingly hard to come by in the nation’s leading rice-producing state, find out when the Dessert of the Day will be their perfectly baked, cinnamon-and-sugar-crusted rice pudding. It doesn’t get any better. (100 S. Main, 870-673-6115) Wild pig The appetizer menu at Godsey’s Grill is extensive and includes such specialties such as Hog Wild Dip and homemade potato chips. 16 Front Porch I arf b .com One of a kind The Hoot’s Burger at Hoot’s BBQ in McGehee features a fried egg and caramelized onions on top. Delta Delight Burger topped with caramelized onions, bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg! On your way out, pick up a freshly made cake, pie, cookies or other goodies from the bakery. You’ll be so full you won’t have room to eat it there. (2008 Highway 64 N, 870-222-1234) Hoot’s BBQ McGehee Hoot’s was a finalist for Arkansas Delta Byways’ 2014 Hospitality Award for its efforts to help promote tourism in eastern Arkansas. That’s a big honor for an eatery that just opened in May 2012, but that’s the kind of place this is. Folks come from miles around to enjoy the great food and stay for the fun atmosphere, friendly service, live music and great Arkansasstyle hospitality at this combination restaurant, bakery and bar. What to order: Delicious Southern-style barbecue made Hoot’s a local favorite from the day it opened: yummy brisket, smoked chicken, falling-off-the-bone ribs and barbecue sandwiches drenched in Hoot’s special sauces. The menu includes a wide variety of other delectable dishes as well, including chicken-fried steak, loaded baked potatoes, fried catfish, a blue-ribbon BBQ salad loaded with pork or brisket, and out-of-this-world burgers. My favorite: the one-of-a-kind Hoot’s Front Porch I arf b .com 17 77 Years and Counting Sims’ Bar-B-Que Little Rock Brothers George and Allen Sims, and their wives Estella and Amelia, founded Sims’ Bar-B-Que way back in 1937. George and Stella established a cafe in the little Arkansas community of Hardscrabble (Howard County), while Allen and Amelia opened a restaurant in uptown Little Rock. The siblings created a unique barbecue sauce to go with the tender meat they prepared with special seasonings and decided early on the meat should not be cooked too quickly. Superior barbecue required long, slow cooking to maximize the unique flavor. The sauce, seasonings and cooking technique are the special ingredients that have Blue ribbon sandwich Poppy’s Cuban contains grilled pork topped with lots of melted cheese. made Sims’ Bar-B-Que an Arkansas favorite for 77 years. Three locations are now available in Little Rock. What to order: You can close your eyes, poke your finger at a Sim’s menu and rest assured that anything Small Town Treasure under your pointer will make you a very happy eater. The super-tender ribs, smoked-just-right chicken and boneless pork and beef are incredibly delicious, even without sauce. But it’s the sauce that makes them really special: a thin, Carolina-style, vinegar-mustard-and-brownsugar concoction good enough to sop up with nothing more than a few slices of white bread, which are handily provided on the side of many of the barbecue plates. There’s plenty more to like about Sims,’ too. Greens and cornbread count as one side. Beer comes in 12-, 22- and 40-ounce bottles. They have a killer smoked bologna sandwich, a great barbecue salad and darn-good burgers, too. And the sweet potato pie is some of the best in the South. If there’s better food in Little Rock, I’ve missed out. Sims is number one in my book. (2415 Broadway, 7601 Geyer Springs, 1307 John Barrow Road, simsbarbeque-ar.com) Poppy’s Lepanto I stumbled upon this small-town treasure a couple of years ago, and I’ve been glad I did ever since. Several times I’ve driven out of my way to get another taste of their great home-style specialties, and I’ve never left disappointed. The restaurant logo says it all: “Make your mouth happy! Eat at Poppy’s.” What to order: Finding a good Cuban sandwich in small-town Arkansas is about as likely as finding good fried catfish in New York City. When I first visited Poppy’s, however, that first caught my eye on the menu above the counter. Ordering one was a good decision. The usual Cuban bread was replaced with a fresh sandwich roll, but the toothsome sandwich was piled high with hot pork, melted cheese, pickles and mustard — a winner on all counts. There are plenty of other delicious items on the menu, including top-notch burgers and scrumptious appetizers like their fiery Cry Baby chicken wings. What makes Poppy’s unique, though, is the amazing variety of hot plate lunches served Sunday through Friday, everything from chicken and dressing, pineapple grilled pork chops and stuffed peppers to cheesy enchiladas, steak kebabs and beef stroganoff. Try to save room for their homemade desserts, too, including specialties like Hummingbird Cake, Triple Berry Pie and Butterfinger Cake. (301 Greenwood Ave., 870-475-3826) Rib lovers’ delight An order of Sims’ tender, smoked-just-right pork ribs doused in the restaurant’s famous Carolina-style sauce. 18 Front Porch I arf b .com t a e r g More grub Some more of our favorites around the state: Babycake’s Bakery, Mountain Home: Cooked-when-you-order-them fried pies made with locally grown in-season fruit, plus cupcakes, cookies, éclairs, brownies and more. (facebook.com/ babycakesfriedpies) Fish Nest, Glenwood: The farm-raised fried catfish and fixin’s are outstanding, but it’s the hushpuppies we crave. Best on the planet. (hookedonfishnest.com) Gina’s Place, Jonesboro: Give us their “Garbage” — eggs, sausage, hash browns, cheese, onions, green pepper and tomato, all grilled together for a knockout breakfast. (eatatanns.com) Hammontree’s, Fayetteville: Great sandwiches, including our fav, the Jack to the Future grilled cheese with Monterey jack, Colby jack, pepper jack and tomato bruschetta on sourdough. 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I’ve grown food for served a few years on the Arkansas Farmers’ Market Board. So I‘ve gained a little wisdom (and a lot of farmer friends) and want to share six tips to enhance your farmers marketing experience. 1. Know your farmer. Know 3. Go big: If it’s in season, buy as much as you can. You’ll enjoy the best flavors and best prices when you buy a lot of whatever is at its harvest peak. How to use it all up? Try new recipes with favorite vegetables or learn the lost art of preserving food. 4. Try something new each week. A benefit of farmer’s markets is the increased ability to stay within your comfort zone if you so choose. But if you’re lucky enough to visit a farmers market with a selection of unusual produce, try a new food each visit? At best, you’ll discover a new love. At worst, you’ll know better next time. 5. BYOB – Bring your own 2. The early bird gets the worm … and best tomatoes. The season’s first blueberries and finest tomatoes disappear the first hour the market is open. If you want bag and maybe a cooler. That reusable canvas tote is good for the earth but also helps the farmers by not cutting into their profit margins. If your market sells eggs, cheese or meat, Celebrate your market and your local farmers. Buy fresh, buy local and buy in season. 6. Volunteer at the market. Volunteering at the market not only gives you a better understanding of the workings of a farmers market and farm-to-market relationships, you also enjoy an opportunity to spend time outside volunteering for a good cause. It helps reduce the substantial workload faced by the market manager. A good market manager makes a market. Help them do their job. They usually are doing it for free. It helps make your local market stronger, and you might earn some free fruit, vegetables or other goodies. And my favorite. something in particular, wake up early. 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As a general guideline, all of these will need to be planted after the last frost. Because there are numerous plants that thrive during the summer, I recommend assessing your space, your local growing conditions and what you and your family enjoy eating. You can plan a garden from there. You can find growing tips at your local nursery, on seed packets and on websites, including PAllenSmith.com. season almost year-round. Not only numerous other benefits by growing Spring There are numerous cool-season vegetables you can plant either while there’s still frost on the ground or as soon as spring arrives. Radishes, spinach, broccoli, turnips, carrots and cabbage all can be planted before the last frost of the year. Other options, including beets, arugula, lettuce and onions, can go into the ground as soon as the soil is workable after the last frost. Be sure to check the seed packet or plant tag on transplants for exact planting times. You’ll see these spring delicacies showing up in your garden in time for an Easter Sunday feast. tending it. The time outdoors is not only good for the physique; it can also help relieve stress. Studies show can improve one’s perspective and may even help to ward off dementia due to the planning and creativity these benefits while saving money. Fresh produce from your garden will lower what you spend at the grocery. comes from growing and providing Fall Many of the same cool-season vegetables you planted in the spring can have a second growing Front Porch I arf b .com period in the fall — meaning you can get a double dose of your favorites. Plants such as broccoli and rutabaga need to go in the ground 10-12 weeks before the first frost. However, other fall vegetables, including cabbage, cauliflower and mustard greens, only need to be planted six to eight weeks before the first frost. Brussel sprouts are especially they thrive in cooler weather and actually taste best when they are allowed to mature in it. You’ll want to set these out early, because they take about 90 days to mature. Speaking of maturity, no matter what time of year, I recommend planting a variety in your garden. Because different plants have different maturity periods, this provides a continuous food supply throughout the season. What about winter, you ask? I suggest eating your stockpiled vegetables during the cold winter months when the ground is frozen. With the proper preparation, you can freeze your spring, summer and fall harvest to enjoy during this dormant period. To freeze vegetables, you’ll want to blanch them and then place in freezer-safe bags. You also can use a vacuum sealer if you prefer. Fresh blueberries are easy to freeze. Hortus Ltd. Whatever you bag the vegetables in, be sure to label with the name and date. Again, I recommend searching online or in one of your trusted garden or cooking resource books for blanching times. For vegetables such as squash and eggplant, go ahead and make it easy on yourself by chopping them into thin slices, and then freezing. They’ll be ready to use in a casserole or to sauté when they thaw. Fresh herbs also can be frozen. When the herbs at my farm are at their peak, I like to pick them, chop the leaves and place 1 teaspoon into an ice tray compartment. I fill the tray with water, and when the ice cubes are frozen, pop them out and put in a freezer-safe plastic bag for storage. When needed, simply add the cubes to your soup or sauce recipe. Having these frozen vegetables and herbs close at hand means enjoying the flavors of your garden any time. great for fall gardens, because b Put Arkansas food on your table Eating in season doesn’t mean personally growing everything in our gardens. It’s also a great opportunity to support local farmers. Arkansas Grown, a program run by the Arkansas Agriculture Department, brings food from the farmer to the market and to your table by connecting local producers with buyers. Because food tastes best when picked in season at its peak, and because buying locally means it takes less time for food to go from the garden to your table, it makes sense to support Arkansas farms. What’s more, it feels good to buy from our neighbors and support our local farmer or own a restaurant or grocery store, register at www.ArkansasGrown.org or call (501) 683-4851. economy. Want to get involved? If you’re a Summer bounty Local produce is easy to get at farmers markets. Jane Colclasure Front Porch I arf b .com 27 Land&People V People who care by Gregg Patterson Volatile spring weather is heavy thunderstorms May 30 killed five people, severely damaged property and washed away livestock on numerous farms in the county. The dead included county sheriff Cody also died. “We were all in shock,” President Dan Wright. In the morning light, Wright and members moved about as best Such a tragic story might National Geographic magazine, touched down outside of 28 Scott County Farm Bureau common in Arkansas, and farmers and ranchers expect it. So it was in Scott County, last year, after caused flash flooding that night and into the early morning of May 31 along the Fourche La Fave River and its feeder creeks. The flooding Good Samaritans Scott Co. Farm Bureau members (Front row l to r): Regina Oliver, Laurie Richardson, vice president Mike Richardson, Belinda Wright and Roger Thompson. (Back row): Linda Parish, Jack Parish, Todd Johnston, Dan Yandell, Buck Mathews, Mike Carson and president Dan Wright. to one of the biggest and most destructive tornadoes ever. Scott County, Arkansas quickly faded from the American consciousness but not that of its county Farm Bureau board members. “We went and talked to the folks to see what was needed. The damage was incredible, and there was a lot of livestock lost, too,” Wright said. In all, Wright says 25 farmers were affected. Unfortunately, it would later be learned that only five qualified for federal disaster money. “It’s amazing how many people fall through the cracks when it comes to getting the help they need following a disaster,” Wright said. He says the waters may have receded, and farmers and ranchers did what was necessary to rebuild their livelihoods again, but those families were still hurting, many having spent all they had just to hang on. “There were a lot of people who didn’t qualify for disaster money but still needed help,” Wright said. So Scott County Farm Bureau developed the Y-City Ag Disaster Relief Fund to help needy farm and ranch families affected by the flood in the county. Dan says he made a phone call to Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach and asked for the state board’s help. Ironically, at the time, the state Farm Bureau office was working on a letter encouraging its membership to help those affected by the tornado in Oklahoma. President Veach says Ewell Welch, then executive vice president of Farm Bureau, told him “We’ve got people here in Arkansas who need our help right now.” The two went to the state board with Scott County’s request for help. That help came with a $5,000 donation and almost $5,000 more raised at the Officers & Leaders conference. In all, Dan says $16,351.25 was raised, the final $1.25 from a local youngster who gave the last of his weekly allowance “to help the farmers.” Dan says the feedback from those helped by the fund has been heartfelt and thankful. For Dan Wright, the strength of Farm Bureau is obvious. “It doesn’t take that many people to make a difference,” he said. “It just takes people who care.” Carpenter and Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Wildlife Officer Joel Campora, both swept away while trying to rescue two women trapped in a house. The women said Scott County Farm Bureau other Farm Bureau county board they could assessing the damage. stay on the national news for at least a couple of days as search teams looked for those missing. However, on the evening of May 31, a 2½-mile-wide tornado, later dubbed “The Monster Storm” by Oklahoma City. The national news media, and with it the nation’s attention, shifted west across the Arkansas state line into Oklahoma b Front Porch I arf b .com Keith Sutton ROSES EVERY THURS & FRI MAY - JUNE $90 per person TOUR Experience the romance and exquisite grace of hundreds of old-fashioned roses at the Garden Home Retreat at Moss Mountain Farm. 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Three to six hours after eating red meat, the alpha-gal sufferer experiences symptoms such as asthma, sneezing, nausea, hives and headaches. Due to the delayed response, the symptoms may not seem to be associated with diet. “It’s very atypical as food allergies go,” Fineman said. “Most food allergies occur very quickly. It’s also Nasty gal A bite from a Lone Star tick is believed to be the primary cause of the alpha-gal allergy, a mysterious illness that makes the sufferer allergic to red meat. Permethrin products are effective against ticks. 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As in most things this magical trait went unnoticed as I was growing up, can see it truly took something so well. but as I raise my own children I more than pixie dust to feed us I grew up in west Texas, cotton fields surrounding our little neighborhood and always a slight tinge of brown in the wind. I was always aware of the way agriculture affected us even as the daughter of a college professor and a middle-school science teacher. These days I look back at the first 23 years of my life and recall evenings filled with fried chicken, rice (in lieu of potatoes) and gravy, and some kind of greens. The following morning we would always have leftover rice in my mom’s version of breakfast rice pudding. It was pretty exciting to have a mom who would let us eat dessert for breakfast. In celebration of the abundance of rice (and subsequently the abundance of rice pudding) we ate growing up, I wanted to take some of my favorite flavors and turn breakfast into something sort of magical – just like mom did. 34 An updated version of a childhood favorite The rice thing to do Leftover rice is the basis of this simple but hearty breakfast treat. 3. While the rice is cooking, whisk together the honey and the eggs until completely combined. 4. When the rice is cooked, carefully pour about ⅓ of the the egg and honey mixture, stirring constantly, to temper the egg mixture. You will want to make sure you are stirring while pouring to keep from scrambling the eggs. 5. Pour the tempered egg mixture back into the pot with the remaining rice and cook for another 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick. 6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, blueberries and pecans. 7. Serve hot. Serves 4 to 6. rice mixture into the bowl with Honey Blueberry Pecan Rice Pudding Ingredients • • • • • • • • • 5 cups milk of choice ⅔ cup long-grain white rice ½ teaspoon salt temperature ½ cup honey 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ⅓ cup fresh blueberries ⅓ cup chopped toasted pecans 2 whole eggs, at room Directions 1. In a heavy saucepan combine the milk, rice and salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. 2. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 25 minutes, stirring often to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Heather Disarro is a food-centric lifestyle blogger who lives in central Arkansas with her family. 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