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 Farm Bureau Spring 2014 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 state business, legislative and economic – and were surprised to learn agriculture has development leaders to meet recently with the largest economic impact in the state, two officials from the United Kingdom. generating $17 billion and one in every six They were in Arkansas to promote the jobs. Transatlantic Trade and Investment 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 6 2014 All-Star Game Ken Moore 14 Great Grub We specifically encouraged the EU Partnership (TTIP). to reevaluate its regulations and begin The officials – British Consulate General the process of opening markets to more Andrew Millar and Mark Kent, first secretary U.S. agricultural goods. We already have for the British Embassy in Washington, significant trading relationships with EU D.C. – are negotiators for the European countries — conducting $2 billion a day in Union (EU) and were guests of Arkansas business — roughly one-third of all global World Trade Center President Dan Hendrix activity. However, the EU hasn’t been an and officials from the Arkansas Economic especially cooperative trading partner when Development Commission. it comes to agricultural products. Chances are you’ve never heard of In the past, the EU has used food recalls TTIP. It’s a proposed free-trade agreement as a reason to defensively block U.S. food between the United States and the EU. products. The countries of the EU also put Keith Sutton You’ll hear more about it as negotiations severe restrictions on genetically enhanced 3 intensify and it comes up for a vote in crops. The EU has allowed emotion, not Congress later this year. TTIP would science, to drive some of its trade decisions. Farm Bureau Matters Randy Veach Thinking Out Loud Rodney Baker eliminate industrial, agricultural and service That position must be addressed in any tariffs. If agreed upon, it would be the free-trade discussion. Stephanie Buckley largest bilateral trade agreement ever. 28 32 34 36 P. Allen Smith Land & People Gregg Patterson Health & Safety Keith Sutton In the Kitchen Heather Disarro Building Wealth Allyson Hamlin 4 24 Taste Arkansas 26 Garden Home Design For address changes, contact: 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. pcipublishing.com Created by Publishing Concepts, Inc. For Advertising info contact David Brown • 1-800-561-4686 firstname.lastname@example.org My hope is we’ve turned a corner with As part of the visit, the officials EU leaders. The presence of two UK officials expressed support for trade promotion in Little Rock to discuss the proposed free- authority. This would allow the president trade agreement was encouraging. After of the United States to negotiate trade visiting with them, I believe they want a agreements independent of Congressional trading relationship built on mutual trust involvement. Congress ultimately votes on and respect for the food-safety protocols the agreement but with no amendments already in place. or filibusters. This is a policy Farm Bureau We will be seeking support for TTIP previously supported and continues to do from our congressional delegation and so, because it allows trade decisions to be will work to ensure agricultural trade is made without getting caught in a political paramount in the discussion as it moves tug-of-war. through the negotiation and legislative Much of our conversation that day process. Arkansas’ economic relationship focused on agriculture, our state’s largest with the EU is already strong. A successful industry. While the two foreign officials conclusion of TTIP would contribute were aware of our state’s heft in the poultry significantly to the state’s future economic industry, they were less familiar with the growth. broader reach of agriculture in our state – God bless you and your families. 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All you’ll need to do is click saving opportunities in hometowns on it to register for the Savings Plus and local communities throughout program and begin enjoying the the state. It’s called FB Savings everyday savings. It’s another good Plus. It’s a partnership between reason to have an Arkansas Farm Arkansas Farm Bureau and Access Bureau family membership. Front Porch I arf b .com b JUMp INto tHE MUsIC Bing Futch Sarah Morgan Rick Thum 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. Judy Klinkhammer 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 r a St l l A The 2014 Texas League 6 Front Porch I a r fb.co m T Tuesday, June 24, Dickey-Stephens Park, home of League Baseball (MLB) players and All-Stars. Scanning the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock, will host the box score from the 2006 All-Star game at Ray the Texas League All-Star game, and youâ€™ll not want to Winder you see names such as Troy Tulowitski, an All- miss it. Star with the Colorado Rockies, Hunter Pence of the 9 e m a G r The last time the All-Star game was played in Pulaski San Francisco Giants, Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay County was in 2006 at Ray Winder Field, the year Rays, Kurt Suzuki of the Minnesota Twins and Chris before the Travelers moved to their new home on the Ianetta of the Los Angeles Angels. The winning pitcher banks of the Arkansas River. was Ubaldo Jimenez, who came up through the Rockies The game has been a showcase for future Major organization and is now with the Baltimore Orioles. 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 amazed at the passion of the fans. I affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels in loved the city and the atmosphere 2001, and a number of major league the fans provided every night.” players have spent time in Little Rock. Future Angels’ teammates of Fans who followed the team in recent Trout’s who played for the Travs years remember the names Eric Aybar, Howie Kendrick, included Bourjos and Conger. A common theme for the Mike Napoli, Hank Conger, Garrett Richards, Mark players about their time playing in central Arkansas was Trumbo, Peter Bourjos, Jean Segura, Randal Grichuk and, the passion and loyalty of the fans. most notably, Mike Trout. “The fans really understand the game and want to Fans then may not have known just how special a get to know the players,” Bourjos said during a phone player Trout would become. He played in the All-Star call from the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training facility. game for the Travs in 2011 and then would go on to be After being called up and playing parts of four seasons named the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and for the Angels, he was traded to the Cardinals in the Most Valuable Player runner-up for the Angels in 2012 offseason. and 2013. “It was great to play in the Texas League All-Star “Mike Trout was in a category all his own,” said Phil game alongside future big leaguers like my teammate Elson, the radio voice of the Travelers the past 13 years. Mark Trumbo. I remember hitting against Matt Latos “No question, he’s the best player I’ve ever seen up close. who is with the (Cincinnati) Reds and thinking this I grew up in Pittsburgh watching Barry Bonds turn into a guy is good,” Bourjos said. “I really encourage even the star, and I would put Trout on that level.” casual baseball fan to come out and attend the (All- Trout played a little less than one full season for the Star) game. You’ll have opportunities to meet and get Travs, having been called up by the Angels in September autographs from players you may be watching on ESPN while the Travs were playing in the Texas League the very next season.” championship series. Conger is a catcher for the Angels now and played “What sets Trout apart is he’s not just a 5-tool player, with Bourjos in 2009. he’s got a 6th tool, like a 6th sense. The 5 tools are “I vividly remember certain fans who were at the understood to be able to hit for average, power, run, park day after day,” Conger said. “In the minors it’s throw and have good speed,” Elson said. The 6th sense more relaxed before the games, and it was great getting is essentially the ability to understand the strike zone 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.” just a social event,” Grichuk said. “Many of them are Dickey-Stephens Park has become known as a season ticket holders and made it to the park several “pitcher-friendly” park where it’s difficult to hit home times a week. They followed us faithfully and made it a runs. That should make it interesting to see how many are point to get to know us. 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 “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.” Diamondbacks) win the home-run derby in 2009. Fans who followed the Travelers last season will Garrett Richards, a right-handed pitcher with the Angels, was an All-Star for the Travs in 2011. remember outfielder Randal Grichuk who represented “I always felt at home playing in Little Rock,” he the team in the All-Star game hosted by the Northwest said. “The talent throughout the league was tremendous, Arkansas Naturals at Arvest Park in Springdale. and it was always a challenge taking the mound in the Grichuk was part of the deal that sent Bourjos to St. Texas League.” Louis and is now a member of the Cardinals’ system. He echoed the comments that playing in central Arkansas was special. 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 “For many of our fans, coming to the park was not 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 #VisitArkansas Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville 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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B U R G Enjoying some of Arkansasâ€™ interesting eateries Photos and article by Keith Sutton Simply Marvelous Mrs. May serves an order of Simsâ€™ famous ribs. 14 Front Porch I arf b .com I I used to wonder why Arkansas doesn’t have its own trademark cuisine. We often associate Louisiana with its scrumptious Cajun-Creole cookery. Folks in the Keystone State are known for their German-style Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Texans have Tex-Mex, Floridians have Floribbean, and our friends in South Carolina and Georgia make us lick our lips with the seafood, grits and rice dishes distinctive of their Lowcountry cooking. So why haven’t Arkansans developed a special cuisine we can call our own? Having traveled thousands of miles around Arkansas 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 world. One huge sandwich A happy Bucket List customer tries unsuccessfully to polish off one of the restaurant’s enormous double bacon cheeseburgers. So how do you find all this great grub? Start with the following guide to some of the best bites in the What to order: The menu is extensive for Natural State. And while traveling from here to there a country establishment seating 32. Breakfast sampling tasty tidbits at these wonderful restaurants, selections include regular morning fare, plus the watch for other cafés, drive-ins, diners, coffee shops, Bucket List’s own hungry-man pileups like the grills, cafeterias, sandwich shops, dairy bars, food trucks, Sloppy Sherryl (hash browns, biscuits, eggs and bistros, saloons and greasy spoons where good food choice of ham, bacon, breakfast sausage, Italian awaits the hungry traveler. No matter where you go in sausage or bologna stacked and smothered with Arkansas, another memorable meal is somewhere just gravy) and the 55-Gallon Lid Pancake. (It’s really as around the corner. big as the top of a 55-gallon drum. If you can eat it in an hour, it’s free.) Lunch selections are more Conway County Cuisine extensive with a variety of home-style plate lunches Bucket List Café and sides. Favorites include many items piled high Center Ridge Pay attention to the address because this hole- with delicious local ingredients, like the monstrous in-the-wall north of I-40 at Morrilton has no sign a hoagie loaded with locally made Italian sausage, to indicate the metal building is a restaurant. three cheeses and grilled onions. It won’t be easy, Apparently it doesn’t need one as locals pack the but leave room for dessert, too. The Fried Filookie is place for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. The highly recommended. It’s a battered, fried chocolate- reason is simple. The friendly folks at the Bucket List chip cookie cake with a molten chocolate center, serve huge portions of delicious food at reasonable smothered in ice cream, caramel and chocolate syrup. prices, including specialties found nowhere else. (5308 Highway 9, 501-893-9840) Reuben with homemade kraut and the Salty Sam, 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 marinated duck breast with spicy slaw and pickles on fresh 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. 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 Country Gossip potato chips on the planet, including their one-of-a- Stuttgart Billing itself as the “One Stop Country Shop,” kind Hog Wild Dip with smoked pulled pork, bacon, this quaint Main Street establishment sells country godseysgrill.com) cream cheese and spices. (226 S. Main St., 870-336-1988, 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, Wild pig The appetizer menu at Godsey’s Grill is extensive and includes such specialties such as Hog Wild Dip and homemade potato chips. cinnamon-and-sugar-crusted rice pudding. It doesn’t get any better. (100 S. Main, 870-673-6115) 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 Hoot’s BBQ cheese and a fried egg! On your way out, pick up a freshly McGehee Hoot’s was a finalist for Arkansas Delta Byways’ 2014 made cake, pie, cookies or other goodies from the bakery. Hospitality Award for its efforts to help promote tourism (2008 Highway 64 N, 870-222-1234) You’ll be so full you won’t have room to eat it there. 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 made Sims’ Bar-B-Que an Arkansas favorite for 77 years. Blue ribbon sandwich Poppy’s Cuban contains grilled pork topped with lots of melted cheese. 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. Poppy’s The super-tender ribs, smoked-just-right chicken and Lepanto I stumbled upon this small-town treasure a couple boneless pork and beef are incredibly delicious, even of years ago, and I’ve been glad I did ever since. special: a thin, Carolina-style, vinegar-mustard-and-brown- Several times I’ve driven out of my way to get another sugar concoction good enough to sop up with nothing taste of their great home-style specialties, and I’ve more than a few slices of white bread, which are handily never left disappointed. The restaurant logo says it all: provided on the side of many of the barbecue plates. “Make your mouth happy! Eat at Poppy’s.” There’s plenty more to like about Sims,’ too. Greens and without sauce. But it’s the sauce that makes them really What to order: Finding a good Cuban sandwich cornbread count as one side. Beer comes in 12-, 22- and in small-town Arkansas is about as likely as finding 40-ounce bottles. They have a killer smoked bologna good fried catfish in New York City. When I first sandwich, a great barbecue salad and darn-good burgers, visited Poppy’s, however, that first caught my eye on too. And the sweet the menu above the counter. Ordering one was a good potato pie is some of decision. The usual Cuban bread was replaced with a the best in the South. fresh sandwich roll, but the toothsome sandwich was If there’s better food piled high with hot pork, melted cheese, pickles and in Little Rock, I’ve mustard — a winner on all counts. missed out. Sims is There are plenty of other delicious items on the number one in my menu, including top-notch burgers and scrumptious book. (2415 Broadway, appetizers like their fiery Cry Baby chicken wings. 7601 Geyer Springs, What makes Poppy’s unique, though, is the amazing 1307 John Barrow Road, variety of hot plate lunches served Sunday through simsbarbeque-ar.com) Friday, everything from chicken and dressing, pineapple grilled pork chops and stuffed peppers to cheesy enchiladas, steak kebabs and beef stroganoff. Rib lovers’ delight An order of Sims’ tender, smoked-just-right pork ribs doused in the restaurant’s famous Carolina-style sauce. 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) 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. 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I’ve grown food for Keith Sutton farmers markets, run them and even 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 Fresh and fun A trip to the farmers market is fun and gives you the opportunity to eat the freshest, best-tasting foods. six tips to enhance your farmers marketing experience. something in particular, wake up bring a cooler. The only thing worse early. Drink your coffee on the way. than passing up a dozen beautiful 1. Know your farmer. Know your food. Spend a few minutes eggs, because you’re not prepared, is 3. Go big: If it’s in season, buy chatting at your local farmers market. as much as you can. You’ll enjoy the It takes tremendous dedication to best flavors and best prices when you both science and art (not to mention buy a lot of whatever is at its harvest dirty feet and nails) to turn out peak. How to use it all up? Try new beautiful produce on a small farm. recipes with favorite vegetables or And the time spent inquiring about learn the lost art of preserving food. the results of that dedication yields to bring them home anyway and they ruin. And my favorite. 6. Volunteer at the market. Volunteering at the market not only gives you a better 4. Try something new each understanding of the workings of a enthusiasm. You get to look the week. A benefit of farmer’s markets farmers market and farm-to-market farmer in the eye and ask anything is the increased ability to stay within relationships, you also enjoy an about how the food was grown. That your comfort zone if you so choose. opportunity to spend time outside doesn’t happen in a supermarket. Do But if you’re lucky enough to visit volunteering for a good cause. It it! Ask away: about a food you don’t a farmers market with a selection of helps reduce the substantial workload recognize, how to cook it and whether unusual produce, try a new food each faced by the market manager. A good it’s coming in or out of season. Find visit? At best, you’ll discover a new market manager makes a market. Help out what the farmer expects to bring love. At worst, you’ll know better next them do their job. They usually are to market next week, so you can plan time. doing it for free. It helps make your useful information and infectious ahead. local market stronger, and you might 5. BYOB – Bring your own 2. The early bird gets the bag and maybe a cooler. That earn some free fruit, vegetables or other goodies. worm … and best tomatoes. reusable canvas tote is good for the The season’s first blueberries and earth but also helps the farmers by not finest tomatoes disappear the first cutting into their profit margins. If local farmers. 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One of my favorite things about That’s good news enough to get Summer Before you even harvest your living on my farm is I can eat in a garden of your own growing. That season almost year-round. Not only only leaves one question: what to spring garden, you already need to is the food good for me, I enjoy grow each season? Luckily, there be thinking about summer plantings numerous other benefits by growing are a variety of cool- and warm- in order to eat in season year-round. a garden. season vegetables easy to grow and The most popular of all growing delicious tasting when harvested seasons, summer promises the harvesting vegetables offers more at their peak. Here are a few of my bounty of traditional garden delights exercise than you might think. favorites. such as tomatoes, okra, corn, For instance, planting and Depending on the size and requirements of your garden, you could spend several hours per day eggplant and squash. As a general Spring guideline, all of these will need There are numerous cool-season to be planted after the last frost. tending it. The time outdoors is not vegetables you can plant either while Because there are numerous plants only good for the physique; it can there’s still frost on the ground or that thrive during the summer, I also help relieve stress. Studies show as soon as spring arrives. Radishes, recommend assessing your space, planting and working in a garden spinach, broccoli, turnips, carrots your local growing conditions and can improve one’s perspective and and cabbage all can be planted what you and your family enjoy may even help to ward off dementia before the last frost of the year. eating. You can plan a garden due to the planning and creativity Other options, including beets, from there. You can find growing that come into play. arugula, lettuce and onions, can go tips at your local nursery, on seed What’s more, you can enjoy into the ground as soon as the soil is packets and on websites, including these benefits while saving money. workable after the last frost. Be sure PAllenSmith.com. Fresh produce from your garden will to check the seed packet or plant lower what you spend at the grocery. tag on transplants for exact planting And there’s a sense of pride that times. You’ll see these spring comes from growing and providing delicacies showing up in your garden vegetables you planted in the your food. in time for an Easter Sunday feast. spring can have a second growing 26 Front Porch I arf b .com Fall Many of the same cool-season Whatever you bag the vegetables can get a double dose of your in, be sure to label with the name favorites. Plants such as broccoli and date. Again, I recommend and rutabaga need to go in the searching online or in one of your ground 10-12 weeks before the trusted garden or cooking resource first frost. However, other fall books for blanching times. For vegetables, including cabbage, vegetables such as squash and cauliflower and mustard greens, eggplant, go ahead and make it only need to be planted six to easy on yourself by chopping eight weeks before the first frost. them into thin slices, and then Brussel sprouts are especially freezing. They’ll be ready to use in great for fall gardens, because a casserole or to sauté when they Hortus Ltd. period in the fall — meaning you 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, Fresh blueberries are easy to freeze. because they take about 90 days to mature. 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 vegetables during the cold winter place 1 teaspoon into an ice tray months when the ground is frozen. compartment. I fill the tray with what time of year, I recommend With the proper preparation, you water, and when the ice cubes are planting a variety in your garden. can freeze your spring, summer and frozen, pop them out and put in a Because different plants have fall harvest to enjoy during this freezer-safe plastic bag for storage. different maturity periods, this dormant period. When needed, simply add the cubes Speaking of maturity, no matter provides a continuous food supply throughout the season. What about winter, you ask? I suggest eating your stockpiled To freeze vegetables, you’ll want to your soup or sauce recipe. Having to blanch them and then place these frozen vegetables and herbs in freezer-safe bags. You also can close at hand means enjoying the use a vacuum sealer if you prefer. flavors of your garden any time. Put Arkansas food on your table Eating in season doesn’t mean personally b Summer bounty Local produce is easy to get at farmers markets. 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 economy. Want to get involved? If you’re a farmer or own a restaurant or grocery store, register at www.ArkansasGrown.org or call (501) 683-4851. Jane Colclasure buy from our neighbors and support our local Front Porch I arf b .com 27 Land&People Scott County Farm Bureau V People who care Keith Sutton by Gregg Patterson Volatile spring weather is common in Arkansas, and farmers and ranchers expect it. So it was in Scott County, last year, after heavy thunderstorms May 30 caused flash flooding that night and into the early morning of May 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. 31 along the Fourche La Fave River to one of the biggest and most and its feeder creeks. The flooding destructive tornadoes ever. Scott killed five people, severely County, Arkansas quickly faded to Arkansas Farm Bureau President damaged property and washed from the American consciousness Randy Veach and asked for the away livestock on numerous but not that of its county Farm state board’s help. Ironically, at farms in the county. The dead Bureau board members. the time, the state Farm Bureau included county sheriff Cody “We went and talked to the by the flood in the county. Dan says he made a phone call office was working on a letter Carpenter and Arkansas Game & folks to see what was needed. encouraging its membership to Fish Commission Wildlife Officer The damage was incredible, and help those affected by the tornado Joel Campora, both swept away there was a lot of livestock lost, in Oklahoma. while trying to rescue two women too,” Wright said. In all, Wright trapped in a house. The women says 25 farmers were affected. Welch, then executive vice also died. Unfortunately, it would later be president of Farm Bureau, told learned that only five qualified for him “We’ve got people here in federal disaster money. Arkansas who need our help right “We were all in shock,” said Scott County Farm Bureau President Dan Wright. In the “It’s amazing how many people President Veach says Ewell now.” The two went to the state morning light, Wright and fall through the cracks when it board with Scott County’s request other Farm Bureau county board comes to getting the help they for help. That help came with members moved about as best need following a disaster,” Wright a $5,000 donation and almost they could assessing the damage. said. He says the waters may have $5,000 more raised at the Officers Such a tragic story might receded, and farmers and ranchers & Leaders conference. In all, Dan stay on the national news for at did what was necessary to rebuild says $16,351.25 was raised, the least a couple of days as search their livelihoods again, but those final $1.25 from a local youngster teams looked for those missing. families were still hurting, many who gave the last of his weekly However, on the evening of May having spent all they had just to allowance “to help the farmers.” 31, a 2½-mile-wide tornado, later hang on. dubbed “The Monster Storm” by Dan says the feedback from “There were a lot of people those helped by the fund has been National Geographic magazine, who didn’t qualify for disaster touched down outside of money but still needed help,” Oklahoma City. The national news Wright said. So Scott County Farm Farm Bureau is obvious. “It doesn’t media, and with it the nation’s Bureau developed the Y-City Ag take that many people to make a attention, shifted west across the Disaster Relief Fund to help needy difference,” he said. “It just takes Arkansas state line into Oklahoma farm and ranch families affected people who care.” 28 Front Porch I arf b .com heartfelt and thankful. For Dan Wright, the strength of b ROSES TOUR EVERY THURS & FRI MAY - JUNE $90 per person Experience the romance and exquisite grace of hundreds of old-fashioned roses at the Garden Home Retreat at Moss Mountain Farm. Walk the curved pathways of the English garden surrounded by the blooms of climbing roses, shrubs and dwarfs roses in modern and antique varieties and admire the endless shapes, colors and sizes of Allenâ€™s collection. Space is limited. Visit www.PAllenSmith.com, email email@example.com or call Joyce at 501.519.5793 to make your reservation! 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Among those are ehrlichiosis, CDC many serious and sometimes fatal tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted Now, another horrible consequence could possibly occur after a tick bite: a dangerous allergic reaction that appears after eating beef, pork, lamb, venison and other mammalian meats. The allergy, known as alpha-gal for a sugar carbohydrate found in Keith Sutton fever and Lyme disease. 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. Spray them on fabric, not skin, to kill ticks that touch treated clothing, tents, sleeping bags, etc. the meat, is thought to be caused by an immune response to the bite of a bit unusual to see adults develop a Repellents containing DEET will a Lone Star tick, a common species food allergy.” repel ticks several hours and are in Arkansas. The first cases were One victim of this illness, a safe for use on skin and clothing documented in 2009. Now, doctors Stuttgart farmer who prefers to remain if you follow label directions and are seeing increasing numbers, unnamed, told me at first, he and his precautions. Permethrin products especially in the southeastern U.S. doctors were baffled by his allergy such as Permanone and Duranon will where Lone Star ticks are most attacks, which often occurred in kill ticks on contact for several days common. Unfortunately, there are midafternoon or late at night. when used to treat clothing, shoes, higher-than-expected rates of the “The attacks took place hours tents, sleeping bags and chairs, but these products never should be used ATTENTION: allergy in some western and north- after I ate red meat,” he said. “So central parts of the country, too, a they didn’t seem to be associated FARMlabel BUREAU MEMB on the skin. Once again, follow finding that suggests “other species with food. 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While the rice is cooking, whisk so well. 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. Honey Blueberry Pecan Rice Pudding 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 • • • • • rice mixture into the bowl with the egg and honey mixture, ⅔ cup long-grain white rice stirring constantly, to temper ½ teaspoon salt the egg mixture. You will want 2 whole eggs, at room to make sure you are stirring temperature while pouring to keep from ½ cup honey scrambling the eggs. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 5. Pour the tempered egg mixture 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon back into the pot with the ⅓ cup fresh blueberries remaining rice and cook for ⅓ cup chopped toasted pecans another 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick. 6. Remove from the heat and Directions stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, 1. In a heavy saucepan combine the milk, rice and salt breakfast. and bring to a boil over abundance of rice (and 4. When the rice is cooked, 5 cups milk of choice who would let us eat dessert for In celebration of the until completely combined. carefully pour about ⅓ of the Ingredients • • • • together the honey and the eggs blueberries and pecans. 7. Serve hot. Serves 4 to 6. medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Heather Disarro is a food-centric 2. Once the mixture is boiling, lifestyle blogger who lives in central rice pudding) we ate growing reduce heat to medium-low Arkansas with her family. 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