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Business & Editorial Editor-in-Chief, Spring Sault Contributors: Ashlie Dove Ranchseeker.com Marcy Stellfox John Fifer Sheilan Dove Tiffany Harelik Ranch & Reserve Magazine 2476 Second Line R.R. #6, Hagersville, ON N0A 1H0 Ph: (519) 754-7687 E: info@ranchreservemagazine.com Submissions: Editorial submissions should be sent to info@ranchreservemagazine.com. R&R is not responsible for unsolicited materials. Advertising: Call 519-754-7687 Email info@ranchreservemagazine.com

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CONTENTS 4

Welcome to the Ranch

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Chronicle

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Ranch FeatureTop 5 Reasons a Guest Ranch is a HOT Destination

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ReserveTexas Wine

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MusicElizaBeth Hill: The Artist, The Music

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Fifer OrchardsCustomer Appreciation Day

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TravelArkansas Delights

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LifestyleThe Green Door Gourmet

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ArtPatti Schermerhorn: The Making of a Masterpiece

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RodeoCowtown Calgary’s Stampede City

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FoodSummer Potlucks and Ice Cream Socials


Publisher’s Note

Welcome to the RANCH By Spring J. Sault, Editor-in-Chief

As we swing into August, and summer becomes cemented, we look to make the best of the time we have left. We have coffee on our porches in the morning, welcome the long days, and give thanks in the evening for hummingbirds, dogs, and family. Each of the articles in this month’s issue have something in common. They feature something enjoyed or enjoyable by and for others. If you’re wondering what you can do to enjoy this summer, why not take a look at a guest ranch vacation with all the makings for a fantastic family reunion, or a family getaway? Or maybe you would like to find your passion – like Sylvia Harrelson-Ganier has done at her farm, The Green Door Gourmet. Whatever it is you choose to spend your summer doing, we hope you find the time to breathe, relax, and make the most of it. Do some RVing like John and Connie Fifer did in Arkansas in our ‘Travel’ feature. Listen to some music from singer/songwriter ElizaBeth Hill. Sample a new wine from Texas while you admire a fine piece of art (like those of Texan artist Patti Schermerhorn.)

Find the time to follow your heart. Maybe it will take you to Fifer Orchards for their Customer Appreciation Day and a free peach ice cream cone! Or maybe you want the rough and tumble of Cowtown (aka Calgary, AB) mixed with a world of fine artisanship, mercantile, and great food. And speaking of food, Tiffany Harelik has what your taste buds crave for a summer setting, with recipes for those pot luck gatherings and fun ice cream socials. Whatever your interest, your passion, or your desire, take time this summer to explore it. Your lifestyle is what you make it, and the same holds true for your summer! Welcome to August and the second summer issue of Ranch & Reserve Magazine!

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RANCH Top 5 Reasons a Guest Ranch is a HOT Destination! Written by Ashlie Dove

There’s something about summer that brings out a sense of wanderlust in all of us. It makes you want to throw some clothes into a suitcase and leave everything behind in the hope of encountering new experiences that will lead to everlasting memories. With so many vacation options to choose from nowadays it can be difficult to pick the right destination for you, your family or group. Camping in the wilderness, relaxing at a beachside resort or exploring a new city are always great options; however, choosing to spend your time at a guest ranch is a different, fun and adventurous way to spend a fantastic summer holiday.

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There are dozens of reasons why a guest ranch destination should be on your summer vacation to-do list. Whether you are organizing a family reunion, a vacation with your immediate family, a getaway with friends or just some alonetime with that special someone a guest ranch vacation is sure to fit the bill. Here are just 5 reasons why booking a guest ranch vacation this summer is the right one for you! Photo Credit: Crystal Waters Guest Ranch via Ranchseeker/Facebook

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch via Ranchseeker/Facebook

Great Bang for Your Buck! The majority of guest ranches utilize the “allinclusive” vacation concept. This means that you pay upfront for your accommodations, meals and in many cases most of your activities are included too. There may be some additional costs but in general your vacation can be budgeted for in advance. You can also customize your vacation to suit your specific needs. An added benefit for solo travelers is that many guest ranches do not add an extra premium to the vacation price.

Reconnect With Nature & Your Loved Ones We have never been more “connected” than we are now technologically speaking; however, this “connectedness” comes at a heavy price. We are far too often glued to our PCs, laptops, and smart phones even after office hours or while on vacation. We have forgotten what it is like to be truly present in the moment and to be completely focused on the people that are most important in our lives. Many guest ranches are off the grid so to speak, although the majority of them do offer WiFi in their main lodges for Colorado Trails Guest Ranch via Ranchseeker/Facebook those that simply can’t go cold turkey.

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Guest ranches provide a great opportunity to reconnect with nature. They are often situated in places that feature majestic mountainous backdrops, lush green forests or arid deserts that boast incredible sunsets and otherworldly landscapes. It is almost impossible not to feel the immensity of nature or be awed by the natural beauty that envelops you while staying at one of these amazing locations.

Learn New Skills It is always fun to learn a new skill or revel in a sense of accomplishment as you master an activity that is unfamiliar or perhaps even challenging to complete. Guest ranches offer lots of exciting activities to choose from like archery, skeet shooting, rock climbing, rifle shooting, roping, fly fishing, white water rafting and zip lining to name a few. There are countless activities to try that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Many guest ranches feature specialized activities owing to their particular terrain or resident expert on hand that add to their guests’ enjoyment. Photo Credit: Marble Mountain Ranch, CA

Saddle Up & Ride! Horseback riding aficionados will of course be delighted by the idea of a guest ranch vacation; however, those who are new to the sport will also find great joy in saddling up and experiencing the connection that develops between horse and rider as they ride through breath-taking scenery guided by experienced wranglers. Classes are readily available at most guest ranches to help first-time riders feel more comfortable before mounting up and hitting the trail or for those intermediate riders who would simply like to hone their riding skills. Regardless of your skill level you are sure to have an exhilarating time in the saddle and bond with your new equine friend.

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Stargazing

Perhaps stargazing isn’t something that immediately comes to mind when planning a vacation, but when was the last time you were able to gaze up into the night sky and be dazzled by hundreds of twinkling stars and constellations overhead, uncluttered by the profusion of city lights and dense pollution? Due to their often remote locations, guest ranches provide a unique opportunity to appreciate not only incredible scenery by day, but to be able to reflect upon the vastness and infinite beauty of the skies above. Starlit evenings like these are cherished moments to share with those dear to you.

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A top 5 list of why you should book a guest ranch wouldn’t be complete without including 5 outstanding guest ranches to consider when booking your summer vacation this year: Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch

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This Canadian guest ranch, located in Super Natural British Columbia, is known as the adventure ranch of the Canadian Rockies. Guests can choose from a wide range of exciting activities like horseback riding, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, and fly-fishing. Breathtaking scenery and world class lodgings await guests where western culture and modern conveniences are combined to feature 21 log cabins and a main guest house situated on 35,000 acres. Vista Verde

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Experience the majestic Rocky Mountains at this Colorado guest ranch where guests will find a list of diverse activities to pick from as well as amazing food. Immerse yourself in their strong horse program or choose from a myriad of activities that promise to keep everyone entertained. Select either a cozy cabin or lodge room situated in the mountains while still enjoying AAA Four Diamond amenities and 1st class hospitality.

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Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch Photo Credit: Hawleymountain.com

Surrounded by acres upon acres of pristine wilderness this Montana guest ranch offers many memory-making activities all set in a wild and remote location. Float down the scenic Yellowstone River, try your hand at fly-fishing, hike unspoiled nature trails, sign up for an unforgettable jeep trip or explore the breathtaking scenery by horseback. At the end of the day settle into one of their comfortable cabins or lodge rooms for a relaxing night’s sleep. Spotted Horse Ranch Photo Credit: Spottedhorseranch.com

Wyoming has always been a popular destination for people seeking an authentic guest ranch experience and the Spotted Horse Ranch definitely delivers. Whether you choose to relax by the Hoback River or partake in one of the many activities available like horseback riding in the valley, white water rafting on the Snake River, fly-fishing the local streams or scenic rafting, each day will provide a variety of things to do. At night cozy cabins or spacious rooms embodied with the true spirit of the West will provide a relaxing atmosphere in which to lay your head and “perchance to dream” of more fun-filled days to come.

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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

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This rustic Idaho guest ranch promises stunning scenic mountain views and a once in a lifetime dude ranch experience. Kayak on Idaho’s largest lake, sign up for an exciting white water rafting adventure, indulge in a day at The Spa at Seasons in Sandpoint or saddle up for a ride that will take you along beautiful ridges and valleys rich in history and spell-binding scenery. Warm hospitality, gourmet country meals coupled with the awe-inspiring vistas and heart-stopping activities would fit anyone’s vacation to do list. Just go for it this summer. Dare to be different! Choose a guest ranch for its unbeatable value, the chance to reconnect with nature and loved ones, an opportunity to learn new skills, take in unforgettable scenery from atop a horse, and marvel at an uncluttered night sky. A vacation at a guest ranch provides its guests with endless delights and fond memories long after your western experience has come to an end. Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal summer guest ranch vacation! Happy Trails!

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The Wine Nose at Duchman Family Winery. Photo Credit: Flickr

RESERVE You could probably say Texas is more famous for its barbecue and sweet tea than its fine wines. But more and more people are discovering that Texas wines aren’t such a joke anymore. Written by Marcy Stellfox


Hybrid grapes, resistant to disease. Photo Credit: Flickr

Rolling down a lonely highway in central

Texas, you may pass by a longhorn or two lounging under an oak tree to escape the molten heat of the sun. You could happen upon miles of ranchland dotted with prickly pear cactus, mesquite, and juniper trees for as long as the eye can see. You might see waving fields of hay turning from green to gold under immense blue skies with temperatures that reach 100 degrees most every day in July and August. These are not uncommon sights in the Lone Star State. But then you spot the distinct regimented lines of vines that wine lovers know in one glance can only be grape vines. But why are grapes growing in Texas? Doesn’t all fine wine from the US come from California and the Northwest.

Turns out Texas has quite a long history when it comes to wine. Spanish monks from Mexico are credited with planting the first vineyard in North America near El Paso, Texas, in 1662. Surprisingly, grapes were growing in Texas nearly a century before the first grape plumped on a vine in California. Grape growing was actually quite common in Texas in the 1880s as European settlers brought vine cuttings with them when they immigrated to Texas. And the business thrived. But the Prohibition Act of 1920 that lasted thirteen years effectively squelched the fledgling industry.


Val Verde Wines, Del Rio, TX. Photo Credit: Flickr

The oldest winery in Texas is Val Verde tucked away in the little town of Del Rio in south central

Texas. Frank Qualia, an Italian immigrant, founded the winery in 1883 when he discovered the lenoir grape growing in the area. In 2008, the family-owned winery now run by members of the family’s fourth generation, celebrated 125 years of continuous wine making. They managed to survive Prohibition by selling table grapes and grapes to home wine makers. Today the wine’s they produce include the ancestral Lenoir, a Viognier, Muscat Canelli, Rosé, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and award-winning tawny port.

Interestingly, the world has a Texan to thank for saving the wines of Europe. Phylloxera, a sapsucking cousin to the aphid, was decimating the vines of France nearly wiping out the industry. No known chemical or natural predator had any effect on the bugs. Thomas V. Munson, considered the “father” of Texas viticulture, and his colleague developed a root stock resistant to phylloxera. They shipped cuttings overseas for grape growers to graft onto the native plants putting an end to the threat. Back home, Munson continued his work on improving the health of vines and is credited with developing more than 300 grape varietals well suited to the growing conditions of Texas.

“Interestingly, the world has a Texan to thank for saving the wines of Europe.”


Llano Estacado Winery Sunrise. Photo Credit: Flickr

 Llano Estacado Winery in the Texas High

Plains opened for business in 1976 and can be credited for re-introducing winemaking as a viable business for Texas. A horticulturist and chemist felt that west Texas exhibited the perfect climate and soil conditions for quality grape growing. He convinced a few investors to found a winery. Convincing farmers to abandon their cotton fields and replace them with grape vines was another story. But the construction of the winery finally pushed a few farmers to try their hand at grapes. Today, the Llano Estacado winery is the second largest winery in Texas and produces 170,000 cases annually of their award-winning premium wines.

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The Lone Star State has eight areas designated as official wine-producing regions (known as AVAs) including areas of far west Texas, an area along the Texas-Oklahoma border known as Texoma, and the Mesilla and Escondida Valleys. But the largest producing and most well-known areas are probably that of the High Plains and the Hill Country. For a Texas wine to use the AVA on their label, 85 percent of the grapes used in the wine must come from that designated region.


Today, Texas has more than 4,000 acres of grape producing vineyards and 350 wineries throughout the state. In terms of wine production, Texas is fourth behind California, Washington and New York. A stunning number of varietals flourish because the state’s sheer size encapsulates several Wine Cellar at Spicewood Vineyards. Photo Credit: Flickr

diverse soil and geological regions each friendly to certain varietals. New grape varietals such as Tannat and Aglianico are beginning to make an appearance. And growers have high hopes for introducing even more varietals in the future.


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What types of grapes can you expect in Texas? The eight different AVAs consist of different slightly different soil, elevations, and growing conditions, meaning that each have their own varietals that do well in their area. The High Plains with long hot days and cooler nights, similar to desert conditions produce the greatest number of grapes, while the Texas Hill Country produces the second largest amount. Grapes grown in Texas are comparative to the varietals of the Rhône Valley in France and certain areas of Spain and southern Italy. According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, the following twenty-one grape varietals can be found in Texas:

Red Varietals

White Varietals

Malbec Tempranillo Syrah Sangiovese Zinfandel Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Lenoir

Chardonnay Blanc du Bois Pinot Grigio Riesling Viognier Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Gewürztraminer Muscat Canelli Orange Muscat Semillon Muscat Blanc


Award Winning Wineries Maybe nothing says you’ve arrived at the table of respectable wines more than receiving a medal at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Festival. In the last few years, Texas has shown surprisingly well. In 2014, five Texas wineries took home double gold medals from San Francisco. Winning a double gold is a big deal. It says that all of the judges of a particular category awarded a gold medal to the same wine in a blind taste test. In 2014, Texas Hill Country winery Becker Vineyards took double gold for their Mourvedre Rose not only winning that particular category but also that for best rose in the entire competition. Other Hill Becker Vineyards, Stonewall, TX. Photo Credit: Flickr Country wineries bringing home double gold in 2014 included Haak Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars and Grape Creek Vineyards. Eden Valley took double gold home for the Texhoma region. McPherson Vineyards from the High Plains region also won double gold, but because they used some grapes from outside of Texas, their wine could not be designated as a true Texas wine. The number of medals keep increasing for Texas wines. In 2016, eight Texas wineries took home double gold with 135 Texas wines winning medals in all. Unfortunately, finding Texas wines outside Texas is not easy. While many Texas wineries have wine clubs and do ship out of state, the best way to try the greatest variety of Texas wines is to schedule a trip to the Lone Star State. Those interested would do well to visit the Texas Hill Country AVA. Though more spread out than that of Napa or Sonoma, the quaint towns of the Texas Hill Country are filled with history, good food, bed and breakfasts, and friendly folks eager to share this unique wine-making hotspot with the world. Most wineries are open 7 days a week for tastings, though some are by appointment. Towns that make easy access for wine tasting day trips include Wimberley, Boerne, and Fredericksburg. A number of small companies have developing wine tours and provided guests with bus service to many different wineries around the area.

Grape Creek Vineyards, Stonewall, TX. Photo Credit: Flickr

 

So if you love wine and want to try something different, consider a trip to the wine country of Texas. Some people may call you crazy, but in the end you’ll be glad you did.


“Don’t count the days,    

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Written By Spring Sault

Photo Credit: Spring Sault

MUSIC Preparing for an upcoming music gig in the city of Thunder Bay in northern Ontario, Canada, ElizaBeth Hill, Mohawk singer/songwriter and multi-faceted artist from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, a not-so-recent transplant to South Gillies in northern Ontario (and loving it!), speaks to Ranch & Reserve Magazine via phone regarding recent projects, future direction and the many artistic endeavors she has planned for the near future.

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Of the projects she has worked on, and is still preparing for, ElizaBeth first touches on the Indigenous Perspectives on the Lives of Pocahontas and Joseph Brant; an amalgamation of a body of research for a documentary pertaining to the life and times of the historical figures of Joseph Brant and Pocahontas. Brant,’s numerous achievements and methods of diplomacy have previously been portrayed in historical and educational formats several times over. Pocahontas is continuously portrayed as a willing and romantic participant in the events of her tragic life. In this instance, the idea is to compile data on two of the most prominent figures in Native American history whose life stories haven’t always been presented from a Native American perspective.

ElizaBeth, as she explained the process by which the project has evolved. ElizaBeth had experience with Joseph Brant’s history in her prior completion of a Libretto on the notable Mohawk military and political leader for Opera Hamilton. Over the course of work the accumulation of knowledge around Thayendanagea (the protagonist’s Mohawk name) allowed ElizaBeth a jumping-off point for her research component of the forthcoming documentary. ElizaBeth and Shelley met Stephanie Pratt (of the Lakota Nation) in London, England for a screening of Niro’s feature film “Kissed by Lightning” for which ElizaBeth completed the musical score. Presented at the National Portrait Gallery during a show being curated by Pratt the three noted their common interest in the way Native American figures are consistently portrayed throughout history.

The concept began as just that – a concept. ElizaBeth’s counterpart, Shelly Niro (a Mohawk artist and filmmaker also from Six Nations) connected with her in 1993 to form a collective entitled ‘Iroquois Arts’. Its intent was to develop mutually interesting projects that featured artistic components from various genres. A number of artists were able to rotate in and through the collective for the development and completion of these projects, including poet and writer Dan David Moses and bead artist Samuel Thomas. The work involved showcases not only in North America, but also Japan, Africa and Easter Island, project to project involving each artist in completing a particular component. After some discussion, the concept for a documentary on the two iconic historical figures seemed to be a logical next-step. “Joseph Brant was often demonized while Pocahontas was often romanticized,” noted

Stephanie joined the collective and the three artists were commissioned to research everything not only for the story that was wanted but also for the version and perspective that the three artists wanted to tell. They continued to work electronically on building their individual components. From there, Stephanie made the trip to Brantford for a project planning session where ElizaBeth and Shelly identified program opportunities for longer term support including the project outline and various roles of each member while figuring out where the research would be completed. The group then went their separate ways, each armed with their area of expertise and investigation path to follow.

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ElizaBeth stated that the research would take about three years to complete and the project will then be compiled into the proposed documentary – a process ElizaBeth admits to being not as experienced with. However, she laughs and notes that without trying new things, you would never challenge yourself, and ultimately, as an artist, your range would run stale.

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Noting that this was a great segue into discussing her other artistic avenues, she identified that a music project she dreamt up as a challenge to herself is what’s currently keeping her from getting bored and the feeling that so much more is going on in her head than what is actually being presented. As an intuitive composer, this multi-talented artist not formally educated in music theory and composition notes that, “My spirit leads the way and the rest of me follows. There are different styles of music that I love and I’m going to use this project to explore that.” With a strong interest in music from the 1940’s era, particularly Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Louis Armstrong and ‘big band’ material, ElizaBeth has been exploring this genre since the film project ‘Kissed by Lightning’ was finished. Her goal is to write new songs for classical arrangement; something completely new to this folk/traditional, country and bluegrass composer, who has since hired a classical arranger to assist her. Her intent is to compose the material, work with the arranger in a “sounding board” fashion, and create new music that can be presented in a pop symphony. “I’m challenging myself to step out from behind my guitar and move into another type of musical arrangement,” she explains, “It’s like swimming in deep water. I make it harder than it has to be.” 27  


A year or two after ‘Kissed By Lightning’ was released at the ImagiNative Film Festival in Toronto (and again to great accolades in both the Santa Fe and San Francisco festivals), ElizaBeth found this need to create something new on the basis that her personal life and challenges were mastering huge changes. She had worked closely with the director of the film who advised her on what type of sound she was looking for. And not only was she given the creative freedom to source the sounds, but also to compose new, and collaborate with other Native American artists on the singing pieces required to complete the project. For this, ElizaBeth was also asked to draw from her own repertoire pieces that fit the film effectively. She called the process the “grass-roots version of film scoring”. “I sang the parts that I wanted to create if I couldn’t play the instruments, and I used banjo and guitar where I could. I hired musicians who would listen to what I recorded and the back and forth commenced from there. I worked with Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton, who are always very supportive of anything I do, and this made the entire project very easy on me.” From there, all recordings were then sent to the film editor for scoring. But it wasn’t until after all of this was completed that she found her family and personal needs as well as her health in particular were converging into a type of “perfect storm”. Subsequently, she took a break from the business, focused on herself and her home, and took her doctor’s medical advice to heart.

the commercial writing industry for ten years before moving back to Canada for family reasons. By the time she did, there was a burgeoning Aboriginal music scene in the country that had hit high-gear in the late 90’s. As a part of that, she found herself working with a genre she called “trad- mix”, which involved the composition of new pieces that included traditional Native American sounds. Invited by traditional and contemporary Haudenosaunee singer Sadie Buck, she began with a ’97 project entitled ‘Aboriginal Women’s Voices’.

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In a convergence at Sleeping Buffalo Mountain in Banff, AB, many Aboriginal women artists from various nations, cultures and languages brought with them their musical traditions in the form of one song representing the place they came from. Together, they created, rehearsed and recorded eight new songs through the ‘Aboriginal Women’s Voices’ project, which were incorporated onto the ‘Hearts of the

When asked how she found her path in the artistic world she explained that she left upstate New York in 1986 and moved to Nashville, TN with the goal of living in the song-writing mecca to learn. She worked in

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Performing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Photo Credit: Reverbnation.com

Nations’ CD. The CD went on to critical acclaim, which in turn led to a Juno nomination. Riding this wave, ElizaBeth continued to work with Sadie on ‘Bones’ – an Aboriginal dance opera project. In that vein, she found herself pushed to use her voice as an instrument. She explains, “As an example, I was told my word to sound like is ‘Earth’. You need to sound like ‘Earth’. I gave it everything I’ve got. I looked out the window trying to pull that sense of ‘Earth’ into me, and the sound that came out of me was so powerful, I had to sit down! It taught me something about myself.” ElizaBeth then went on to merge her new talents with her past experiences. She brought her Nashville sound back for a CD project entitled ‘Love That Strong’ and went on to pursue a more traditional Native American sound in her subsequent ‘Peacemaker’s Lullaby’ release. This brings us back full circle to the Iroquois Arts collective. “I wanted to know how to make our traditional sounds translate into a more contemporary arrangement,” she explained. “I was so moved by my experience with ‘Bones’. When I moved home (the Six Nations reserve) I was immersed in traditional music all around me and the sounds of our people. I began to wonder what those same sounds were in other parts of the world.” This morphed into what she now calls the ‘Four Directions’ project. “Where else in the world are people singing, and what do they sound like? You hear western influences while exploring different parts of the world, but when you listen to people sing traditionally, you begin to hear common threads in Indigenous sound.”

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ElizaBeth has since traveled to Japan to experience the Ainu singers as well as journeyed to Africa to listen to a group of Akamba women, and as far as Easter Island to hear the Rapanui. “I’ve been able to create new music from these experiences. I write because the project is so huge and inspiring. To me it’s like an abstract thought, but can be brought together by comparing the traditional Photo Credit: Spring Sault voices in relation to the Earth.” In doing these travels, she found that in a sense, she was bringing music together from the four directions. (Hence the name of the project.) Unsure as to whether this project will culminate in a CD or a concert, her continued goal is to bring the sounds together. “As I work on it, it becomes even bigger, and it helps me personally to see, “Hey, I do know what I’m doing!” and makes me realize I’m so far from the original sound I set out for (the Nashville sound) but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to incorporate that into who I am as an artist.” Living in Northwestern Ontario has opened her eyes to the life and history of the more remote flyin communities established there where she continues to collaborate. Through art camps, songwriting workshops, and effectively inspiring children to sing, ElizaBeth met another filmmaker Michelle Derosier who was just completing a short animated story about one of the sacred drums of the Ojibway people. ElizaBeth scored the film “The Grandfather Drum” (whose premier screening was at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival) and says for the time being she will happily continue to work from home. There with her family, two dogs, honey-bees, and chickens (raised mostly for the fresh eggs) this artist continues in her lifetime search for new genres of expression. ElizaBeth Hill’s website is elizabethhill.org, where you will find her full discography. Her CD’s can be purchased on cdbaby.com (cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizaBethHill) and her music continues to be popular in the genres of country, folk, traditional and bluegrass. Of particular note, the Gibson Brothers (a popular American bluegrass brother duet) are the most recent to professionally record and release one of her songs, entitled ‘I Will Always Cross Your Mind’. She continues to pursue whatever medium her artistic talents steer her towards, and we look forward to the many upcoming project releases by ElizaBeth Hill in documentary, film score, or musical compilation format.

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August Country Music Festivals

   

August 4-6, 2016

Country on the River

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin Featuring: Lee Brice and Kid Rock

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It’s a country music and camping festival on the Mississippi River! Check out their website for featured acts and more event information. Website: http://countryontheriver.com/

August 5-7, 2016

Watershed Music Festival (Round 2) George, Washington Featuring: Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Eric Church The 2016 Watershed Music Festival is the first country festival to host back-to-back weekends. In under 5 yrs., the “party at the Gorge in George”, has become a must-see event! Website: http://watershedfest.com/ August 4-6, 2016

WE Fest Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Featuring: Tim McGraw, Eric Church and Kid Rock A 3-day country music event now in its 34th year! You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better country music and camping festival to attend this year! Website: http://wefest.com/

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August Country Music Festivals Cont’d. August 4-7, 2016

Boots and Hearts Music Festival Oro-Medonte Township, Ontario Featuring: Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton Boots and Hearts has brought Ontario country music fans many top headlining artists since it began. This fantastic festival is one of the fastest growing as well! Additional artists are announced on their website, together with site and ticket information. Website: http://bootsandhearts.com/

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Camden-wy0ming, delaware Written by: John Fifer

The year was 1919 when Charles Frederick Fifer moved to Delaware to begin farming and to raise his family. Little could this progenitor have imagined how his descendants would be engaging in agriculture so directly with the public as is occurring in the 21st century. In his time, the “huckster” with his often horse-drawn wagon-load of fruits and vegetables traveled the streets of CamdenWyoming and other towns Photo Credit: Fifer Orchards and cities of America, offering up the fresh produce directly to the consumer at their home. The subsequent generations of agriculturists accepted the challenge established by Charles, and by using modern science and marketing concepts, have enlisted new methods for growing crops and for reaching out to the public. For many years the public has had the opportunity to visit the store and purchase their foodstuffs right at the farm. From late spring through late fall Fifers offer in-season products such as strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, sweet corn, peaches, apples, cauliflower, and many other farm-grown products. This Customer Appreciation Day at the farm is just one way the Fifer family has of thanking their customers. Photo Credit: Fifer Orchards

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On Saturday, August 13th Fifer Orchards will host their 36th annual Customer Appreciation Day/Peach Ice Cream Day, with the highlight being a complimentary homemade peach ice cream cone for each attendee: Ice cream made by the Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin, DE with Fifer’s own homegrown peaches and special recipe. It offers a family day at the farm with rides and entertainment for the kids, display booths for Mom and Dad, and food vendors making available edible treats for everyone, that always taste best in such a carnival-like setting! The on-site country store with a

friendly and helpful staff offers up fresh veggies as well as locally produced and processed preserves, honey, pickle products, olive oil, and much more to satisfy almost any palate.

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Additional fun events for the young and young at heart include hayrides, the popular tractor train ride, farm animal exhibit, face painting and a kid’s bounce! Live music will entertain as the Appreciation Day attendees stroll the grounds. There is always ample parking, clean restroom facilities, and a convenient baby changing station. Unfortunately, health regulations prohibit pets from attending the event. The Fifers also thank you for refraining from using tobacco products on this smoke free campus. Customer Appreciation Day is but one of many events held at the farm during the year and logging on to fiferorchards.com will highlight many more that are forthcoming. As Retail Operations Manager, Mike Fennemore states, he is honored to be able to help “educate the young people as to where food comes from, and for the Fifers to be able to offer the public a glimpse into farm life”. Mr. Fennemore also is proud that attendees will have the opportunity to support the 4H and FFA, organizations whose membership involves young people from many backgrounds including farming.

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Everyone is invited to join the Fifer family for a day of fun in the country, while enjoying the available treats. History has shown that visitors to the farm on Customer Appreciation Day come from far and wide, many from adjacent and not-so-near states. The experience will help convey the visitor back to the days of Charles Frederick when a day out with the family meant a drive into the country and a relaxing day spent interacting with one another. So begin, or continue the tradition of the annual sojourn to Fifer Orchard’s Customer Appreciation Day. Set your GPS for 1919 Allabands Mill Road, Camden-Wyoming, DE. The festivities commence at 10am and will continue until 4pm. So come out and join the Fifers, your friends and family, and meet new friends at the Fifer Customer Appreciation Day on August 13th. While there, be sure to stop by the Ranch and Reserve exhibit to say hello! And don’t forget your complimentary peach ice cream cone!

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“…it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine… it’s summertime…”


TRAVEL Arkansas Delights

Written by John Fifer

Lakeport Plantation Photo Credit: John Fifer


One of the great things about traveling is that you, the Captain, are in control. You choose when to go, where to go, when to stop and go, and when to return to home base. Team traveling, being a team sport, means that hopefully the two of you have agreed on at least some of these decisions! I once knew a “traveler” who took off and “saw the country”! Yep, there’s Winston-Salem, as we ripped past. And there’s Austin, as we observed the skyline from a distance of 12 miles! This was not teamwork and didn’t have a lot to do with site seeing! Seeing the landscape and missing the sites to me is a bit akin to playing chess with some missing pieces. Then again, there are those folks who could care less about site-seeing, and who’s wintertime destination is a special place (let’s say in Arizona or Florida) where kicking back and relaxing is their passion. We’ll talk more about that in the future but for now, let’s travel and site-see! Having planned out our trip, I just love the options open to me of left and right hand turns, or going straight. Each evening as I ponder the next run and finalize what we want to see, I’m free to choose wherever! As one crosses the Mississippi River, it becomes immediately apparent that it is not a body of water with which to be trifled. We’ve read the Tom Sawyer stories, as well as the Abraham Lincoln adventures, and how they rafted the river’s waters. Sounds simple enough, right? They required skill and some knowledge of maneuvering the craft in those swift-flowing waters. Long poles helped! The river is wide, deep, and has a significant current which precludes many small vessels from attempting either a north- or southbound passage. We are happy to use the

bridge crossing and to be taking US 65 north toward Little Rock, Arkansas! One of the least pleasant aspects of RV’ing is the black water/grey water thing. (That’s sewer/wash water for the novice.) I choose to let the subject matter collect in the holding tanks so that when it does find its way out at the time of my choosing, there is an accumulated rush of water to hopefully carry the other stuff along with it. So, each morning, prior to departing with the camper I empty the tanks. We don’t need all that unnecessary weight being carried along! Choose your sewer hose-end connectors carefully. It is not fun, and the folks nearby tend to frown, when a connector comes loose and the product you had destined for the underground pipes, terminates its journey in your, or worse yet, your neighbor’s side yard, while they savor their morning breakfast on their patio! It happened to me in this part of Arkansas! It is invariably embarrassing! And need I say, messy! I now prefer the “screwin” designed connectors: often red in color and somewhat pricey but worth every penny for ease of attachment to the hose, and especially their ability to prevent embarrassing events as described! Arkansas is another interesting State. Lots to see, major metro areas, home of an expresident, and back-country areas where folks, (and I’ve known them,) can buy a reasonably priced place, till the soil, buy a goat or two, and just plain lose themselves from civilization! In other articles, I’ve talked about the out-of-the-way interesting sites to see. In this case, in Lake Village there is Lakeport Plantation. Built in 1859 during the south’s cotton boom, it is a fine example of Greek Revival construction and an interesting tour.


buddies guide you through the site and provide interesting historical anecdotes for you to chew on. As we visited the many buildings, including the “dog trot cabin” they have exhibited, “Harold” joined the tour as Bill’s side-kick. Both guys are local, even attending the same church, and they are fun to listen to and learn local history from. They surely know their cotton. Toltec Mounds are located on AK 368 off of US 165. (All of this stuff is close together, as planned!) The complex, located on the banks of Mound Lake contains 18 mounds. Some are flattopped and some are not, the former having possibly had structures upon them sometime in the past. These mounds, a National Historic Landmark, were occupied from

Scott Plantation Settlement Photo Credit: John Fifer

As we continued our journey north on US 65 we took a side trip to Sheridan and the Grant County Museum. We’ve not toured many county museums, but this is definitely a fine example of what one should be like. The local population can be proud of it, its contents, and its Heritage Square site with several historic buildings. It is a little tight on parking for larger rigs, but we were able, after a fashion, to turn around with our 5th wheel, albeit somewhat using the yard!

Scott Plantation Settlement Photo Credit: John Fifer

After spending the night in Sheridan, it was up the road a piece, then down US 165 to the town of Scott and the Scott Plantation Settlement. This settlement depicts early farming and its methods. If you are lucky you’ll have “Bill” or one of his

about 600 to 1050 CE (AD) and were used for political, religious, and social activities, including feasting.


Speaking of feasting, Catham’s Mercantile departing the mounds Photo Credit: John Fifer we drove directly to Catham’s Mercantile Restaurant, still in Scott on Highway 161, and home of the trademark “Hubcap Burger”. The building, built in 1917 originally as a store, was converted to a restaurant circa 1984. A President has partaken here, and the restaurant has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food”. Doubtless the “Hubcap” challenge! Connie (my wife), successfully took on the “Hubcap” as I feasted on the 5-piece catfish dinner. (Fried of course! There’s got to be a reason I take that medicine!) To say this place is quaint is an understatement. If you want or need fancy, go elsewhere. If you want atmosphere, fun, and gastronomic excitement, you’ve found your place, except on Sundays “A President has partaken here, and the when they are locked up tight. restaurant has been featured on the The campground we stayed at in Little Travel Channel’s ‘Man vs. Food’”. Rock was almost town center: right next to the river! Handy, just the way we like it and easy to access. As we read the campground rules and guidelines, which we honestly don’t always bring ourselves to do, we noticed a line that went something like this: “…in case you require a shelter, proceed to under the overpass…”, which we drove under to enter the grounds. Not being from this area of the country, I had to ask just what the shelter would be for? Little Rock experiences occasional tornados and this shelter warning was for that exact reason. Thankfully we did not require that campground benefit.

 


Arkansas Capitol Building. Photo Credit: John Fifer

During my road trip “planning” articles from previous Ranch & Reserve Magazine issues, I mentioned we take in state capitols. Little Rock is one, and we visited this very imposing and beautiful structure of marble and wood that was built in about 1915. It was then off to the Quapaw Quarter District and the Governor’s Mansion. This district is an 18 block area containing many 1880 to 1920 homes for viewing on the outside. We walked some of this area in order to soak in more of

the ambiance and beauty. Many of these “cottages” had been restored to former magnificence. The keepers and preservers of these historic and irreplaceable structures are to be commended for their not inexpensive efforts. We concluded our day with a visit to the Old State House Museum. Built in 1833, it serves to celebrate the history of Arkansas. It is an interesting building, having served a variety of purposes, including as the stage for a famous knife fight!

 


Quapaw Quarter District. Photo Credit: John Fifer

The campground we used in Little Rock is situated such that one can walk to the Clinton Presidential Library. This was our first such Library experience and we were impressed with what we saw. The volunteers were talkative and helpful and the fullscale Oval Office and Cabinet Meeting Room each provided an unexpected treat and visuals for yet another learning experience. The grounds are huge and really quite nicely presented. I always especially Clinton Library, Little Rock, AK enjoy seeing the gifts that were presented to the Photo Credit: John Fifer presidents by mostly foreign dignitaries. Most are unique, detailed, of special design made particularly for this purpose, and naturally many would be almost priceless. Some of the other displayed gifts are from private, admiring, blue-collar US citizens - many hand-made. Following the Library visit we made our way downtown to the Library store where assorted Clinton-esque trinkets and novelties are available for purchase.   


I’ve saved a moneysaving tip for last to see if you are still awake, alert, and alive! When you travel for extended periods, do you leave a motorized vehicle at home, unused for weeks or months at a time? Agents won’t always tell you, but auto insurance companies offer what some call “storage” plans. You contact them, tell them what day you wish to begin the storage, when you won’t require the vehicle, the reason (for instance “seasonal”), and voilà - you will save a bundle. If they want to know when you will return, just provide them an estimate, and tell them that you will call them on your return when you want to In an effort to lighten the mood, writer, John Fifer, took this activate the vehicle photo of his loving wife Connie, whom he hoped would see again. During “storage” the humor in it! the vehicle cannot be Photo Credit: John Fifer used by anyone for anything and is preferably, but not necessarily, kept in a garage. I always disconnect the batteries anyway as the vehicle’s computers can eat them up over time. The storage insurance will generally still cover comprehensive and a minimum liability. There are time and other restrictions that are not really bothersome, but you will want to talk with your insurance company about the entire process. It is actually quite commonplace and a snap once you’ve done it. I don’t have an “agent” per se; rather someone different each time I call. Still works perfectly! And the good thing is, the vehicle is still insured. Just don’t forget to call them to reactivate when you return home and want to use the vehicle again! Enjoy the heat of the summer! It will soon be time enough for winter and for far too many folks, time to winterize the old buggy. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re fortunate enough to continue the dream into the wintertime months! Maybe something a little different next month! Happy traveling and be safe!  


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LIFESTYLE The Green D00r G0urmet Written by: Spring Sault

Readying herself and the property for the upcoming hosting of the International Corporate Chefs Association (ICCA) farm tour and reception, as well as a subsequent speaking engagement to the same group, Sylvia Harrelson-Ganier, owner/operator of the Green Door Gourmet on the outskirts of the city of Nashville, TN, sat down to talk with Ranch & Reserve Magazine on the direction and goals, and the many valuable initiatives the farm as well as she, personally, undertakes. At the time, the pending ICCA summit, (which was held June 26-29 in the city of Nashville), would host up to 200 corporate chefs from the nation’s largest chains in an effort to network and develop tools to assist in the creation of trend-setting new food preparation and service. A personal visit to Green Door Gourmet and a speaker such as Sylvia at one of their plenary panels is as valuable a weapon as any culinary arsenal could hope to hold when you belong to an industry so recently focused on “farm-totable”. Does this phase Sylvia? Not in the least. Of the speaking engagements she has included in her repertoire, the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture (Kristen Harden) and the Women of Agriculture group, consisting of USDA workers as well as the Ministry of Chinese Agriculture, are among her keen audience. At a time when all current written and visual media on the subject focuses on healthy lifestyles and healthy eating, her comment that, “…a nation that really cares about fresh local food needs to be a nation that cooks…” has never held more water than now.

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Starting out a year or two ahead of the “farm-to-table” adage, Sylvia found herself developing the Green Door Gourmet. Her retirement from the restaurant and food service industry proved to make it very difficult to get quality produce to cook with at home, and she asked her husband to develop a kitchen garden. 9 acres later, she was a farmer! With over 152 acres in production now, her goal continues to be what she started out with – to provide the very best, finest, delicious-tasting produce into as many Nashville homes as possible. 46  


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Located at 7011 River Rd Pike (if you’re in the area and would like to have a visit) the property is comprised of not only farm acreage but also a Farm Store, the Grand Barn for events (if you’re a fan of the ‘Nashville’ series on ABC, you’ll recognize this building as the site for Rayna & Deacon’s wedding event in season 4!) farm tours and you-pick opportunities, and opening this July, the Culinary Education Center. Bringing the fresh food focus full-circle, the Green Door’s Culinary Education Center is designed with a demonstration kitchen as well as classroom space, with the intent of hosting no less than 5,000 local students ranging in ages from pre-K to adult education. As Sylvia explains, visitors to the farm have had the opportunity to plant the seeds, harvest the crops and to talk about what the finished product might be. With the addition of this center, they can also now manipulate the produce into a fabulous recipe on-site and learn what it’s various uses and flavors can be. The successful ‘Farm-to-Table School Program’ which Green Door Gourmet spearheads through onsite Education Coordinator Kate Compton, has provided full-day Photo Credit: Spring Sault classroom lessons with a 47  


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curriculum designed for the planting of seeds, a small agriservice project, and a workbook that students can take home which includes a diagram on how to plant a garden, a seed packet and hands-on crafts/projects. Now in its fourth year, the program will look to the Culinary Education Center to further its plans for producing consumers that have a full understanding of where their food comes from – something that Sylvia identifies as an issue in today’s fast-paced society. Noting that since there is no longer a home economics course or similar programming in today’s schools, and that now, more than ever, a continued emphasis on “grab-and-go” has become apparent, she feels the hands-on accumulation of knowledge at the farm can now be completed with such teachings and benefit students towards a healthier frame of mind. “We live in a very disposable (centric) society,” Sylvia states. In support of that statement, she explains renewed interest originally peaked in the farm’s ‘zero waste’ process initiated to combat not only the mounting food waste in modern western society, but also to educate consumers on the value that remains in slightly bruised 48  

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or blemished pieces of produce. The process being that the most beautiful item gets brought from the farm for sale in the store, and when/if that remaining item hasn’t been purchased (for whatever reason) a chef (or home cook) can then transform it into a fantastic “farm fresh” food item which can also be sold. And on the other end of the spectrum, a blemished or bruised item doesn’t automatically mean it gets tossed away (which happens quite often in larger corporate grocery chains through today’s consumer standards), but rather gets used in items Photo Credit: Green Door Gourmet such as soup stock, or as a last resort, compost fodder. This ‘zero waste’ mentality and method of operation has added appeal to the already existent agri-tourism modality that the farm is synonymous with. It was this very appeal that brought knowledge of the farm’s existence to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in the first place. Experimenting with different types of produce from year to year (example one year may be corn, tomatoes and kale, and another may be strawberries and jicama), through Green Door’s programs, Sylvia’s intent is to identify to consumers the terroir of vegetables. The word terroir means that the soils, location, surrounding plants, etc. (the environmental factors) that cause a fruit or a vegetable to taste a certain way in one part of Tennessee, does not necessarily mean that this fruit or vegetable will taste the same in all parts of the state. Each type of soil and each set of growing conditions will produce a varying taste to the produce – similar to the terroir of Photo Credit: Spring Sault grape varietals in the wine industry. To bring this subject matter to light, Green Door has developed and instigated the ‘Tennessee Tastes Great to Me’ initiative, whose merit lies in bringing fresh produce growers more visibility, coupled with the opportunity for consumers to experience farm-direct varieties of produce to compare statewide. 49  


With more projects such as this on the radar, efforts to quell the nation’s dietary concerns and provide easier access to fresh food continue to be on the rise, yet reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), US Department of Health & Human Services, and the US Department of Agriculture all point to depleting nutrition rates, high consumption of processed foods, and greater instances of diabetes nationwide. Educating the consumer together with direct marketing for the farmer in a combined effort would maximize outreach and access. Enter the CSA program. The ‘Community Shared Agriculture’ (aka the ‘Community Supported Agriculture’) program has been established in communities throughout North America as an alternative food access and distribution method in which the consumer is linked directly to the farm. Through this program, the consumer purchases “shares” in the harvest (whatever that produce might be from that particular farm), paying at the beginning of the season and receiving a portion of the harvest over the course of the season. Green Door Gourmet advocates and participates in this program, but has gone on to take it a step further, with a “flexible” CSA component. 6 years ago, the farm launched their flexible CSA while maintaining a traditional version at the same time. In 2016, their additional shares in the flexible program now sit at 150. What this means is that the number of CSA units sold week-to-week is growing, versus their standard CSA of 100 set shares. In the Nashville area (which may not be the case in all areas) the farm has found that this version of the program suits business executives and the music industry clientele base specifically, who may not always have the time to cook at home, may require the need to entertain away, and do not necessarily want to have a lot of food waste which could be generated from the standard CSA which automatically gets set aside whether you’re home or not. Photo Credit: Green Door Gourmet

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With the flexible component, the consumer pays just slightly higher than standard pricing, and in return, each week that they opt to purchase a share at the farm, they are also provided a list of what is projected to be included fresh from the field. The flexibility lies in the fact that there is no required amount of participation i.e. if you’re not present for a particular week, you don’t automatically have the share set aside, and it doesn’t necessarily go to waste from lack of use. Another unforeseen benefit is that the flexible share also helps families on set incomes (which could not afford the entire season cost share at once) a way to budget weekly for farm fresh vegetables. This also allows SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants access to fresh produce in a cost effective way. With this regional “tweak” to the program, Green Door has found that what was originally about the farmers, has now become about consumers and modern marketing. How can you benefit today’s consumer by reshaping an

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aging concept? What changes need to come about to reflect their lifestyles while still meeting their need for farmfresh, healthy produce? And so the Green Door Gourmet Flexible CSA came to be, and successfully continues.

It’s those type of innovations to how we grow and obtain our food that the Green Door Gourmet is a pioneer in. Continuing in that vein, the farm is partnering with Jay Williams (a Nashville bee keeper) of Williams Honey Farm on a project to support and bring out pollinators for the particular plants that are grown at the Green Door farm property. Using leaf-cutter bees and mason bees, Sylvia has found that the project has had a tremendous impact on things such as the size of their strawberries, and the growth of their flowers. By creating beneficial conditions for the bees and introducing them to the property, both partners are working to locally mitigate the bee colony collapse and provide an almost continuous food source for the insects, benefitting them and, in turn, the food chain they support through pollination. The Green Door property is the testing grounds for the project, which includes the companion flowers and plants that surround the produce fields as well, which have been noted to make a tremendous difference in how they farm. Photo Credit: Green Door Gourmet

With continued innovative projects such as these (fyi: a PBS affiliate is completing a future special on the bee initiative) advocating for modern farm marketing techniques to match today’s modern lifestyle, and combining the “learn, plant, harvest and cook” food cycle with education opportunities, Sylvia’s one-time kitchen garden dream has grown into an amazing food service industry all on its own! 52  


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ART The Making 0f a Masterpiece Originally Published by Texashillcountry.com

Written by: Spring Sault

Meet a consummate fine artist making commonplace Texas Hill Country sites, settings and even inanimate objects into kaleidoscopes of color. Patti Schermerhorn makes masterpieces from acrylic paint seem like a walk in the park. In fact, her ‘San Antonio Series’ includes just that – a walk in the park. The River Walk, to be exact. Patti has been working her craft since 2008 professionally, but over her entire lifetime personally. Growing up in Panama, the education system introduced her to art and artistry by way of its regular programming in pottery, glazing, painting, and so on. Focusing on many different mediums, as she explains it, she enjoyed every single class and project, finding it serene, and continuing to this day to use art to clear her mind and take her away. Although that may have been where she got the original desire, her time in the Texas Hill Country provided the opportunity. 54  


‘Happiness is a Dog’ Painting by Patti Schermerhorn

In 2008, Patti was a managing partner in a restaurant group. How did she go from the corporate atmosphere to the world of art? The transition was not a “point A to point B” trip. In fact, it began with her father’s employment position as a Panama Canal Zone Police Officer. With the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaty, and the subsequent transition of the canal to Panamanian control, Patti’s father required a change in employment. Their family relocated to Texas where she finished high school and successively moved to San Antonio to go to college. This was where her first opportunity in the corporate world took place. She paid her dues at the historic Fairmount Hotel in the downtown core as Front Office Manager, and through her customer service skills and extremely personable demeanor (coupled with some hard work, as you can imagine) she caught the eye of the hotel’s parent company. From there, her corporate star shone bright, moving to Houston, and then back to San Antonio, all with a focus on hotel and restaurant management.

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One might think Patti’s life was set. She had great opportunities ahead of her, her work ethic was impeccable, so voila! A long and lasting corporate career, on the road to eventual retirement at ease - it’s the American dream correct? In fact, Patti didn’t plan this route of employment, but landed in it through a mixture of hard work, chance and perhaps a touch of karma, and through that same composition, her career path was about to change. A firm believer of “in God’s timing and where He wants me to go”, in 2008 Patti suffered from nerve ending damage, causing considerable daily pain. In an effort to take that pain away, she turned to her love of art and began to paint. As one who had always had an art studio in her home, she acknowledges that she hadn’t considered pursuing it as a career, but with her change in health and focus, her business skills, knowledge and education would come to play a key role in a transition The artist, Patti Schermerhorn Photo Credit: Stacey Robinson

that would take her from 9-5 to “20 minutes, 2 hours, or lost in time.” Patti gave herself permission to pursue her interest in art not only as an alternate focus to relieve pain, but also as a paying vocation. With art, she could set her own hours (see the above quote with respect to just how much time she can choose to work in her home studio) while taking the time to care for her health ironically, a decision that would prove timely for her life partner as ‘Cara’s Island Time’ Painting by Patti Schermerhorn well. In an effort to become visible as an artist, Patti began to paint and donate her artwork locally. In her previous employment, she was heavily involved with local charities, and through these mechanisms, within the first 3 years of her art career, she donated anywhere between $30-40,000 and (much to her accountant’s shock and disbelief) even a level of $95,000 when a particular painting of a cow which she had donated to CowParade Austin ended up selling for $60,000! (It now resides in the Bullock Texas State History Museum if you’re interested in viewing this work, aptly entitled ‘Udderly Austin’, on loan by owner Milton Verott.) 56  


The artist attending an art show with good friends. Photo Credit: Stacey Robinson

Other routes of viewing and recognition that Patti pursued in her early art career were of course to write to and contact galleries directly in a professional capacity, without the aid of a publisher. Today she can laugh and explains that she now has enough rejection letters to wallpaper her studio, but early professional dismissal in the art world didn’t dissuade the artist. In fact, the opposite holds true. Patti found herself continually inspired by her surroundings and chose to develop her talent, skills and efforts with the assistance of some professional services. Her passion for painting grew through this time of career development, and looking back on her earlier works, Patti sees that her own

style, depth and detail has changed. Having earned initial recognition for things such as poster development for Jazz’SAlive (the official jazz festival of the city of San Antonio) and getting picked up by an art gallery through connection by a friend (she contends that it really does come down to “who you know”) Patti noted that the first tip she got towards making and selling “good art” was to paint in a series or collection. And so began her colorful mosaic paintings inspired by her surroundings and always outlined (something she feels is truly the finishing touch to a piece of her art) in collections such as ‘City Scape’, ‘Art Studio’ and the aforementioned ‘San Antonio’ series.

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This is where a story would usually wrap up with, “…and the rest is history…” but that’s not how Patti’s narrative unfolds. Having worked at her series and collections, she found that she loved having her work published where people could see it – her motto being that art should be very accessible. She notes that her style is that of simply wanting to create something that makes people smile, and she’s done just that through gallery showings within the Texas Hill Country, private commissions by individuals, as well as a phenomenal partnership throughout the state with such corporations as H-E-B. Having continued her charitable pursuits, Patti works closely with the United Way campaign which partnered with the Texas-based grocery chain using 4 of her paintings (one each for the cities of San Antonio, Houston and Austin, as well as a painting of the Texas state flag) on bags, tshirts, mugs and Tervis cups, proceeds from the sale of which go directly to the United Way 2016 campaign.

From there, her works went on to be displayed where those with a passion for her style would both showcase and admire them. Her subjects and design were highly promoted in a wine bar location in Austin, the success of which allowed her the opportunity to curate the art which would appear in a second similar location. From that outlet she went on to showcase other artists just becoming established or wanting to grow and evolve in their own endeavors, offering a hand-up similar to the ones that she herself had occasion to grasp along the way. Buyers who recognized that Patti not only had the ability to paint their requests with specific design, but also with phenomenal color have sparked her creativity and subsequent collections along the way, including a vet that wanted their pet “painted colorfully” thereby leading to her popular ‘Peace, Love and Paws’ series. Similarly, a gallery in Fredericksburg showcased vibrant cattle, boots and various ranch-related images done in a medley of colors atypical in nature but appealing nonetheless (such as a 6’ longhorn painting completed in orange, green, white, purple and blue!) from her ‘It’s a Texas Thang’ collection.

L: ‘Houston’ painting for United Way & H-E-B R: Patti signing posters as a United Way event

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‘Five Missions’ painting by Patti Schermerhorn

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‘Color Me Texas’

Now partnered with DiaNoche Designs, Patti’s art is accessible to many a fan and art newbie alike, and with her continued gallery showings (particularly in Johnson City), and individual commissions, her career as an artist has found its niche in the Texas Hill Country. The freedom this allows her schedule not only helps her lifestyle but that of her life partner as well, who has recently been diagnosed with dysautonomia and requires Patti’s assistance as care giver. She explains that although artistic, her partner’s medium isn’t necessarily painting, so she laughingly nips the concept of a healthy competition in the bud, and expresses her thankfulness for the ability to be there for her throughout this life challenge. Painting of Downtown San Antonio for United Way

Despite such personal issues, health obstacles and the struggle for commercial artistic recognition, to pigeon-hole Patti and her acrylic art forms as a mass-producing, immediately recognizable graphic conglomerate is to see the exact opposite of who she is and what she does. Her individual commissions carry personal subliminal messages and meanings for each subject, hidden in the various components of her work – be it cherished verbiage in a window pane, or family names written in a beloved pet’s fur, or signs that mean something only to the owner of the artwork themselves. Patti interviews, takes pictures and generally gets a great feel for each of her subjects and their personal art wishes. She’s even completed a commission for the Sheriff of San Antonio, highlighting her personal achievements in the form of merit and badges (subtly of course) together with hints and signs on everything from family through schooling, all painted according to shade and tone, written within the body of the overall image the Sheriff requested.

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‘Yellow Rose of Texas’ painting by Patti Schermerhorn

moment the potential for a private sale makes an appearance. Her compassion and enthusiasm for the work that she does is displayed in each of her efforts, citing that to every individual, art is subjective – what appeals to her, may not necessarily appeal to you. Her professional mantra is to make someone happy with her work, and it appears that by doing so, it has returned to her tenfold.

Looking back on her transformation as an artist, from the humble beginnings of an enthusiast working with oils to an everevolving acrylic medium aficionada, Patti does not take an opportunity to rest on her professional laurels. She continues her desire to grow within the industry she loves, recognizing that doing business in good faith with one gallery doesn’t mean overstepping them the

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“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” -Augustine “Og” Mandino II


RODEO C0wt0wn! Calgary’s Stampede City Written By Sheilan Dove

Many years ago, as a young British immigrant, I found myself at the Calgary Stampede…one of the most famous and largest rodeos in the world. It totally blew me away! I had never experienced or seen anything quite like it. An amazing kaleidoscope of events, from a foot stomping, mind boggling opening Parade of marching brass bands, honorary marshal, parade queen and princesses atop flamboyant floats, to heart-stopping feats as cowboys and girls showed off their skills and competed for major prize money in the huge Stampede Grandstand arena. The rodeo events were an eye-popping spectacle of calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and, most thrilling of all…. bare-back riders who exploded out of the gate astride big bucking bulls or broncos. Between various events, nimble rodeo clowns kept the stands laughing and rearing animals distracted, when a rider tumbled to the ground! Every night, enthusiastic aficionados of chuck wagon racing crowded into the stands to hoot and holler and cheer on their favorite team as wagons careened and thundered around the track. After that heady rush of

adrenaline, it was time for spectators to sit back and enjoy big-name entertainment at the evening concert, climaxed by a brilliant firework display at the evening’s close. During the day and into the night, goodnatured crowds jostled and pushed their way around the various venues on the stampede grounds, trying to take in as much as possible. Vendors hawked their wares and sold everything from hot dogs and cotton candy to the latest kitchen gadgets. The constant hustle and bustle was an infectious mix of good times and fun-filled days that invoked a true carnival atmosphere. Among the major attractions, was an authentic Indian Village recreated on the banks of the Elbow River, representing the six local tribes, replete with tipis, native art and tribal members resplendent in ceremonial dress and traditional attire. Other big draws were the many agricultural exhibitions and magnificent prize livestock on show in the cattle sheds, polished and groomed by their proud owners, as visitors gingerly picked their way around bellowing animals and sawdust strewn floors!

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Free pancake breakfasts, free barbecues and impromptu street parties were hosted at countless outdoor venues around town‌ western hospitality at its finest and a surefire Stampede staple.

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Saloon-type restaurants did a roaring trade happily serving up large plates of steak and eggs to customers from early morning ‘til late at night. White Stetsons, cowboy boots and blue jeans were de rigueur as everyone got in on the act to celebrate Stampede week. Calgary residents and visitors alike lived and breathed in a bygone western era, which then, as now, remains the true essence of the Calgary Stampede. But what exactly is the Calgary Stampede and how did it come to symbolize and define Calgary as Stampede City, hosting the largest, richest, most successful rodeo festival in the world? Photo Credit: Pixabay.com

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Basically, the Stampede is a 10-day annual Rodeo, Exhibition and Agricultural fair held every July in Calgary, a prosperous modern city situated at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers surrounded by foothills and prairies in the Province of Alberta, about 80km from the east range of the Canadian Rockies. The Stampede is run by a “not for profit organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.” Thousands of volunteers help to make the annual Stampede possible, which bills itself as, “The Greatest Show on Earth!” Only the present-day midway funfair is a for profit run business by an entirely separate entity. But let’s go back to the very beginning when Calgary was truly deserving of its nickname Cowtown! Like all great and enduring ventures, it has an uneven and colorful history dating from 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society put on its first fair and exhibition to encourage farmers to move west. At that time, Calgary was a small town with most of the 2,000 population involved in farming, ranching and raising cattle. The society’s fair enjoyed a modest profit and success which continued in one form or another until 1895 when poor weather, failed crops and declining attendance put an end to it. However, in 1899, the Western Pacific Exhibition stepped in, took over the Victoria Park facility and resumed the fairs which began to grow annually. In 1910 the fair became known as the Calgary Industrial Exhibition 6661


The big break came in 1908, when the Canadian government chose Calgary to host the great Dominion Exhibition and went on to provide the necessary funds. The city, seizing an opportunity to promote itself, invested a further $145,000 to build six new pavilions and despite a recession the Exhibition was a total success. But the birth of the Stampede as we know it today, was the idea and brainchild of Guy Weadick, an American trick roper at the Dominion Exhibition. He later returned to Calgary and convinced four prominent Calgary businessmen, (the likes of Pat Burns, George Lane, A.J. McLean and A. E. Cross, who were forever immortalized in Calgarian folk-lore history as the ‘Big Photo Credit: en.wikimedia.org Four’), to back an authentic wild-west type Stampede. The Big Four thought it would be a fitting, one-time only event to celebrate their lives as cattlemen, and so the first Stampede took place in 1912 as a joint venture with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition and was an instant success. It took another 7 years before Weadick managed to get the Big Four to sponsor another such event; the 1919 Victory Stampede to mark the end of W.W.1 and honor returning war veterans. It too was an immediate rip-roaring success. However, it wasn’t until 1923, when the Calgary Industrial Exhibition, suffering losses and falling revenues, agreed to merge with Weadick’s Stampede group and form the “Calgary Exhibition and Stampede” which became a permanent fixture on the rodeo circuit.

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With the discovery of the Leduc 1 oil well in 1947, important changes took place in Calgary, which had an enormous impact on the city’s future and that of the Stampede. The formerly small cattle and farming community was transformed into the present-day oil and gas capital of Canada and financial hub of Alberta. As Calgary grew, so did the Stampede attracting notables from afar, including the Queen and Prince Philip twice, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope as parade marshals and six Hollywood-made films featuring the Stampede.... some using actual footage. But by the 1950’s it was evident that further expansion was necessary to accommodate the increasing number of attendees and rodeo events to ensure the continuing success of the Stampede.

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With this in mind, the organization embarked on an ambitious building program, which included a 7,500 seat Stampede Corral in 1950 followed by a race-track in 1954. The Big Four Building (named after its benefactors) was completed in 1959, the city’s largest Exhibition Hall at the time. In 1961, the OH Ranch, in Hanna, Alberta was established to raise and breed cattle, horses and bulls for the Stampede’s six rodeo disciplines using humane methods. By 1968, the Stampede had grown so rapidly that it was extended to its current 10 days. The Roundup Centre came next in 1979 and served as the new Exhibition Hall and finally in 1983 the Olympic Saddledome took its place as the Stampede’s newest and biggest venue. Owing to the improved and expanded facilities, attendance rose steadily until it finally plateaued at around 1.2 million with a one-time peak of 1.4 million in 2012 at the Stampede’s Centennial year celebrations.

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In 2007, “Exhibition� was dropped, renaming the event as the Calgary Stampede. At the same time, the Stampede organization finally acquired additional lands at Victoria Park, expanding the original site, now called Stampede Park. Long-term plans include it being a year-round destination for both locals and visitors. The Stampede Park complex is located in S.E. downtown Calgary in the Beltline district, serviced by a rapid transit line and consists of the following facilities: the Saddledome and Corral, the Big Four building, the BMO Centre and the Stampede Grandstand. Photo Credits (L-R): Government of Alberta via Flickr

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its inception. As a direct result of the floods, millions of dollars were raised from government and private donors for ongoing improvements to the Stampede facilities and future expansion projects.

In the years since my long-ago visit, many new attractions have been added to the Stampede, such as the ever-popular Midway, an exciting Adventure Park, a Nashville North venue showcasing wellknown country and western artists and the Transalta Grandstand, which features a troupe of talented young Canadian performers strutting their stuff in front of a packed house!

In the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to stay at a cattle farm 120km outside of Calgary and got to explore the neighboring high country and arid badlands plus renew my acquaintance with Calgary’s downtown, now an imposing, sophisticated city of skyscrapers, condo towers and trendy restaurants. But at the heart of all this modernity, Cowtown is alive and well with a warm invitation to step back into the past and soak up the spirit of the old wild-west at the next Calgary Stampede!

The horrendous 2013 floods, which decimated much of Calgary, threatened to cancel that year’s stampede, however, Stampede City literally pulled itself out of the mud and with the help of selfless volunteers the show went on… a testament to the indomitable spirit that has infused the Calgary Stampede since

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FOOD Summer P0tlucks and Ice Cream S0cials

Written By Tiffany Harelik

We are in the peak of summer here in Texas. Hitting triple digit heat has us spending as much time in the area swimming holes as possible and longing for the leaves to turn. One way we beat the heat in my community is to get together for potlucks and ice cream socials. Historically the word pot-luck dates back to the 16th century and refers to the occasion of providing food for an unexpected guest: they got the luck of the pot, or what was left. But in today’s world a potluck is a get together where everyone brings something to share to eat. Rarely is it coordinated, and rarely are their duplicate dishes. Often an individual who

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has a time honored recipe will make the same thing over and over again and is something the guests look forward to each time. Ice cream socials are social parties typically held during the summer with an emphasis on ice cream as the main course. They date back to the 1700’s and are held by neighborly or civic organizations as well as churches and schools.

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Below I have provided a sampling of recipes from my cookbooks that feature unique dishes that are easy to take to any potluck, as well as a few frozen treats that would be suitable for an ice cream social. The Sweet Tea Pops and Avocado sorbet are unusual dessert recipes that are sure to stand out for guests to enjoy. The Green Chili Hummus, Thelma's Tuna-Stuffed JalapeĂąos or the Southwest Cheesecake Appetizer all make great potluck dishes, which can be washed down with the Strawberry Basil Balsamic Lemonade. Sweet Texas Tea with Mint and Lemon Pops Courtesy of Ice Cream Social as featured in Trailer Food Diaries Austin Volume 2 Remember that the freezing process diminishes the sweetness of a recipe, so the more honey the better! 8 cups water 5 teabags, organic black tea 2 cups of organic cane sugar 1 cup raw honey handful of fresh mint, to taste 3-4 large lemons, thinly sliced into wedges In a large pot, boil water and add the teabags. Boil for another minute then remove from heat to steep, covered, for about 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and add cane sugar and raw honey. Simmer on low for several minutes until sugar has dissolved. Chop a handful of fresh mint and add most of it to the tea. Let tea cool. In a popsicle mold, place one lemon wedge and a sprinkle of the remaining mint to each popsicle compartment. With a baster, add cooled tea mixture to the mold. Place in the freezer 73

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for approximately 2 hours (or until the pops are solid enough to hold a popsicle stick upright but not so solid that you have to force the stick in). Once sticks are added and standing upright, freeze pops for another 2-3 hours. When ready to serve, let the molds thaw for about 5 minutes then remove the pops from their compartments. Strawberry Basil Balsamic Lemonade Courtesy of Pompeii as featured in Trailer Food Diaries: Dallas/Fort Worth Edition. Adding a splash of balsamic glaze to this strawberry basil lemonade makes a tasty summer drink. 1 pound frozen strawberries 15 medium basil leaves juice of 9 lemons, deseeded 1 cup sugar balsamic glaze, a few squirts Cook down strawberries for about 15-20 minutes until soft then pull from heat. Add the basil leaves to the hot strawberries and steep for 30 minutes. Blend or puree the basil and strawberry mixture and strain through chinois, china cap or other straining device. Add fresh lemon juice (or 1 container of simply lemonade) & sugar. Add balsamic glaze to taste & adjust lemon/sugar as needed.

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If you do not have balsamic glaze, add 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. Stir well, serve cold.

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Green Chili Hummus Courtesy of The Fat Cactus as featured in Trailer Food Diaries: Austin v2. The New Mexican green chile is the star of this popular dip. This makes about 1 quart. 3–4 medium-sized garlic cloves 1 jalapeño (roughly chopped) 1 (29-ounce) can garbanzo beans or 2 (15ounce) cans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon tahini ½ teaspoon cumin salt and pepper juice of 1 lime ½ cup water ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup mild chopped green chiles (if using hot, omit jalapeño and only use ½ cup) 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (optional, but I like and suggest it) ¼ cup packed chopped cilantro Place garlic and jalapeño in food processor and run until finely chopped. Add beans, tahini, cumin, salt, pepper and lime juice and process. Begin adding water until a thick puree forms but is still pretty tight. Next drizzle in oil. Paste should be smooth but still a little “tighter” than normal hummus.

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Trailer Food Diaries, Austin Edition Vol. 2 Written by Tiffany Harelik

Taste and adjust salt, pepper and lime juice if necessary. Add green chiles, sambal and cilantro and pulse until combined but not really blended. Alternatively, you can remove hummus to a bowl and fold in chiles and cilantro to keep from over processing. Serve with frybread, pita, tortilla chips or fresh veggies.

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Thelma's Tuna-Stuffed Jalapeños Courtesy of Sam Waring, Comanche as featured in The Big Country Cookbook (coming Spring 2017) The Dudleys were one of the local grandée families Photo Credit: Juliet Laney in Comanche. There were three brothers: Gail, Tom, and Eltos. (A local joke went that Tom ran the Chrysler dealership the brothers owned, Eltos ran the pure-bred Hereford cattle ranch, and Gail ran Tom and Eltos.) Tom and his wife Thelma were friends with my grandmother Frances Waring; they shared tourist trips to Mexico, had many common friends, and went to each other's parties. One of Thelma's signature potluck dishes was pickled jalapeño peppers stuffed not with cream cheese or pimiento cheese, as was common, but with tuna. If Thelma came to a party, it was just about certain that she'd bring her tuna-stuffed peppers. Thelma and my grandmother are both many years gone, but today I'll sometimes make a batch of tunastuffed peppers and take it to a potluck, in memory of Thelma. This recipe was adapted from the Comanche (TX) Garden Club Cookbook, 1967. The original recipe was made by Mrs. Tom Dudley. 24 Jalapeños en escabeche, drained 6 ½ ounces tuna in water, drained 1/2 cup Finely chopped pecans Mayonnaise, as needed

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Halve and devein the jalapeños. In a bowl, mix the tuna and pecans with enough mayonnaise to moisten. Stuff the jalapeño halves with a spoon and arrange on a serving platter, not unlike devilled eggs. Adding diced pimientos or celery to the tuna is a nice touch as well.

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Southwest Cheesecake Appetizer Courtesy of Katie Browning, Abilene as featured in The Big Country Cookbook (coming Spring 2017) Crust; 1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips 1/4 cup melted butter Combine and press into a 9" springform pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Filling: 16 ounces softened cream cheese 8 ounces shredded jalapeĂąo jack cheese 3 eggs 1 cup sour cream, divided 4 1/2 ounce can of green chilies Taco seasoning 1 cup picante sauce (see recipe) Topping: Guacamole Pico de gallo Combine cheeses in a mixer. Add eggs and 1/2 cup sour cream and mix well. Add taco seasoning, green chilies, and picante and mix to thoroughly combine. Pour mixture over crust. Place pan on baking sheet and bake 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and spread remaining sour cream in a thin layer on top of the cheesecake. Cool to room temp and chill. To serve: Use a small ice cream scooper to dollop the top with guacamole and pico de gallo. Remove the sides from the pan and transfer to a platter. Serve with chips.

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Avocado Sorbet Courtesy of Ice Cream Social as featured in Trailer Food Diaries: Austin Volume 2 Healthy and quick, this dish will fill you up with beautiful natural fats and layers of flavor. This recipe is easy to cater to your own taste preferences: add more coconut milk to make it creamier or more agave nectar to sweeten it up. 1 large organic Hass avocado fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons coconut milk fresh Cilantro, a few pinches to taste Agave nectar, to taste Coarse sea salt and lime wedge to garnish

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Slice one large organic Hass avocado and place in a sealable sandwich baggie with a generous drizzle of fresh lime juice. Place in freezer until solid. In a blender, mix together the frozen avocado, quality coconut milk (11g fat or higher), a few pinches of fresh cilantro to taste, and a nice drizzle of agave nectar. Blend well. Serve in a dish with a side of coarse sea salt and a lime wedge. ABOUT TIFFANY. Born in Austin, raised in Buffalo Gap, Tiffany Harelik (rhymes with garlic) is Texas to the bone. Follow her travels with every book in her boutique collection. Her two main series are: (1)The Trailer Food Diaries, including books in the Austin, Dallas, Houston, Portland & Columbus markets and (2) her Texas Cookbook series includes The Big Bend Cookbook, Terlingua Chili Cookbook (fall 2106), and The Big Country Cookbook (2017). For more information: www.tiffanyharelik.com Photo Credit: Melanie Wright Photography

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“Summertime is always the  best of what  might be.”  ‐Charles  Bowden 

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August Rodeo Events June 30 – August 31, 2016

Cody Stampede

Stampede Park, Cody, WY

97th Anniversary of the Nightly Performances! -Cody Nite Rodeo -Cody/Yellowstone XTreme Bulls -Cody Stampede Rodeo Web: http://www.codystampederodeo.com/

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July 29 – August 7, 2016

Dodge City Days Dodge City, KS 151st Annual! -Professional Barbecue Contest -Western Parade -Street Dances -Rodeo Events -Miss Rodeo Kansas Web: http://www.dodgecitydays.com/ August 16 – 20, 2016

Caldwell Night Rodeo 2301 Blaine St., Caldwell, ID 82nd Annual! -Bareback -Steer Wrestling -Team Roping -Saddle Bronc -Tie-Down Roping -Barrel Racing -Bull Riding Web: http://caldwellnightrodeo.com/

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