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Spring 2011

Iron-Clad
Success
Lodge Cast Iron cooks
up an American icon
See video online

Mother’s
Day Menu
Treat mom to the homemade
meal she deserves

Growing for
Generations
Tennessee century farm families
are deeply rooted in agriculture

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Agriculture Is Life
Editor Pettus Read After an especially snowy winter, we welcome signs of spring here
circulation manager Stacey Warner
in Tennessee. Nowhere is that more evident than out in rural areas,
Board of directors President Lacy Upchurch,
Vice President Danny Rochelle where many farmers are beginning their planting season and enjoying
Directors at large Jeff Aiken, the warmer weather and a couple extra hours of daylight.
Charles Hancock, Catherine Via
district directors Malcolm Burchfiel, James Haskew,
In this issue, we feature several farming operations, from designated
Eric Mayberry, Dan Hancock, David Mitchell century farms (page 8) to a comparitively young second-generation farm
state fb women’s chairman Jane May (page 16). For each of these families, agriculture is a way of life.
Advisory directors Buddy Mitchell, Jamie Weaver
Chief administrative officer Joe Pearson
Inspired by our farmers’ tireless efforts to feed the world, we chose
treasurer Wayne Harris this slogan, Agriculture Is Life, as one of the categories for the 16th
Comptroller Tim Dodd annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Photo Contest. We look forward to
seeing the ways our readers interpret this concept. Our other
categories – Tennessee Gardens and the Animal Kingdom – also give
a nod to farms, though photo subjects may include off-the-farm flora
Managing Editor Jessy Yancey
and fauna, too. For more details on the photo contest, turn to page 47
Audience Development Director Lisa Battles or visit tnhomeandfarm.com to enter online.
Copy Editor Jill Wyatt
Content Coordinator Blair Thomas Jessy Yancey, managing editor
Contributing Writers Lori Boyd, Melissa Burniston,
Susan Hamilton, Laura Hill, Tiffany Howard,
thaf@jnlcom.com
Anthony Kimbrough, Jessica Mozo, Ronda Robinson,
Karen Schwartzman, Julie Vaughn, Jessica Walker
Creative Director Keith Harris
Photography Director Jeffrey S. Otto
Media Technology Director Christina Carden
At a Glance/A sampling of destinations in this issue
Senior Photographers Jeff Adkins, Brian McCord
Staff Photographers Todd Bennett, Antony Boshier 2/Portland
Senior Graphic Designers Laura Gallagher, Vikki Williams
1/Cookeville
Proofreading Manager Raven Petty
Ad Production Manager Katie Middendorf 4/Jackson
Ad Traffic Assistant Krystin Lemmon, Patricia Moisan
Web Content Manager John Hood
3/Normandy
Web Design Director Franco Scaramuzza 5/South Pittsburg
Media Technology Analysts Chandra Bradshaw,
Yamel Hall, Alison Hunter, Marcus Snyder
Integrated Media Manager Robin Robertson
1/ See how Cookeville is cooking up Cajun cuisine at Crawdaddy’s
West Side Grill. page 29
Chairman Greg Thurman
President/Publisher Bob Schwartzman
2/ Pick strawberries in Portland this spring at Bradley Kountry
Executive Vice President Ray Langen Acres. page 7
Sr. V.P./SALES Todd Potter, Carla Thurman
3 / Get the girls together for a weekend retreat at Petticoat Junction
sr. V.P./operations Casey Hester
V.P./Visual Content Mark Forester in Normandy. page 6
V.p./external communications Teree Caruthers
4 / Teach the kids about life on the farm at Donnell Century Farm
V.P./custom publishing Kim Newsom Holmberg
v.p./content operations Natasha Lorens
Adventure in Jackson. page 8
controller Chris Dudley 5 / Tour the Lodge Cast Iron Foundry in South Pittsburg during the
Advertising sales Manager, Custom division
Tori Hughes Cornbread Festival in April. page 12
Distribution DIRECTOR Gary Smith
Custom/Travel Sales Support Rachael Goldsberry
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Table of Contents

Features
8 / Growing for Generations
Tennessee century farm families
are deeply rooted in agriculture

12 / Iron-Clad Success
Lodge foundry in South Pittsburg
cooks up an American icon

16 / Twister of Fate
Eagleville farmer recounts
Good Friday tornado experience

22 / Mother’s Day Menu


Treat mom to a homemade meal
she deserves with our simple menu

38 / Life in the Slow Lane


The back road of Highway 411
opens up charming, peaceful vistas
8
Departments
33 27 5 / Read All About It
Farmers will feed 9 billion by 2050

6 / Short Rows
How to prune peach trees

27/ Country Classics


Sour Cream Pound Cake

29 / Restaurant Review
Crawdaddy’s in Cookeville

30 / Gardening
Space-efficient gardening guide

33 / Farmside Chat
Humphreys County farmer raises
corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle

16 35/ To Good Health


TRH helps navigate health-care
reform confusion

36 / Farm Bureau Almanac


Support FFA and 4-H programs

42/ Events & Festivals


Things to do, places to see

48 / View From the Back Porch


Without change, there would
be no butterflies

On the Cover Photo by Jeffrey S. Otto


Rocky Glade Farm in Rutherford County

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From Our Readers
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FOOD Tr avel Home & Garden Agriculture TN Living
In Ice Is Nice
My husband and I were married in
1995 when I was working with Matt
[Simonds, “Artistry in Ice,” Winter 2011]
at the Crowne Plaza. As a wedding gift,
Matt offered to carve a bus in ice to
surprise my husband, who owned a bus
company at that time. It was beautifully
displayed as you walked in the door of
our reception, and my husband was
thrilled when he saw it. He still tells the
story today of what a great surprise that
was and how beautiful the bus looked in
ice. Thanks, Matt, for great memories!

Jimmy Ramsey
Hilary Spellings
via tnhomeandfarm.com

Missing Recipes
What happened to the recipe archive?

Photo Contest Online


There used to be a salad recipe that
included maple ginger walnuts for
garnish. I found it as recently as a
Visit tnhomeandfarm.com to enter our annual photo contest. Online month ago, and now it’s gone.
entrants are also eligible for special web-exclusive readers’ choice contest.
Jennifer Goode Stevens
via Facebook

Online Library Read past issues and new online-only magazines Editor’s note: Don’t worry – we have big
plans for our recipes! Not all of them
made it onto our new website yet, but
simply
SummerA COLLECTION OF REFRESHING SUMMER RECIPES
TENNESSEE
RESTAURANTS
recipes are being added seasonally.
Stay tuned for a big announcement
about our recipes soon.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a
specific recipe, let us know by posting
on our Facebook page as Jennifer did,
Sponsored by Tennessee Farm Fresh vol. 1
or by e-mailing us at thaf@jnlcom.com,
and we’ll send it your way.

Correction
Connect with us online! We made an error in the Turkey Pot
Pie recipe on page 27 of our Winter
2011 issue. The recipe calls for 6
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Read All About It

9 Billion Folks to Feed


This earth day, celebrate the farmers who feed the world

W
hen one starts fending for himself, it One night as I ate my Hamburger Hinder for
is amazing what food source a single the umpteenth time, I got to thinking about
man can retrieve from today’s how many folks I could have fed with the
modern food outlets. While shopping recently beginning dish of this magical concoction. Just
for my staples of oatmeal, lite-bread, green the amount that had spilled onto the electric
salad makings and chicken thighs (which if range eyes and into the lower area beneath the
you’re smart can make a lot of meals once elements, which I must remember to clean out
baked by the gross in a Pyrex dish), I someday, could have made a difference for a
discovered the aisle made for us single guys small army. I read somewhere the other day
who expound to be self-sufficient, but really that by the year 2050 there are going to be
are not. There to my amazement were all sorts 9 billion people to feed instead of the current About the Author
of boxed goods containing ingredients, mostly 6.8 billion. That means 40 years from now Pettus L. Read is
noodles, to make full meals by just adding milk there will still be a place for Hamburger Hinder. editor of the Tennessee
and meat from any animal you feel compelled In fact, I think what I’ve got in plastic bowls in Farm Bureau News
to eat. Each item’s box label professed that in my refrigerator right now will still be around, and director of
communications for
a matter of minutes you could be cooking like because I’m sure it grows every night when
the Tennessee Farm
the man that hollers “Bam!” on TV with just I close the door and the little light goes out. Bureau Federation.
about the same results. Maybe I can work Hamburger Hinder into
Being pretty gullible and really hungry, I this year’s Earth Day celebration. It has got
choose the store brand Hamburger Hinder and to be environmentally safe because it has so
drooled all the way to the checkout, picking up many uses, and it got its start about the same
a pound of ground meat on the way. The car time Earth Day came about. This year marks Read More About It
wouldn’t go fast enough so I could get my the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, which began Read has collected his
gourmet meal started and on the table. way back in 1970 when I was a senior in favorite columns into a
Carefully following the instructions, college. Today the call is to make the planet book titled Read All
I poured, mixed and simmered all of the greener. They don’t mean literally green like About It. Part of the
ingredients of the Hamburger Hinder in a the color, but more environmentally green. It proceeds of the book
sales go to Tennessee
covered skillet, which I discovered was almost all sounds good to me because I have been
4-H and Tennessee
too small, but worked all the same to achieve working in green jobs since I was large enough FFA programs.
my final results. Those results were enough to help with the chores around our family farm. Buy a copy online at
Hamburger Hinder to feed all of the children Agriculture has always been green, and if you tnhomeandfarm.com/
of Israel after crossing the Red Sea. And, want to go green, agriculture is the way to go. store.
speaking of the children of Israel, being It is good to have an Earth Day to talk about
a person of only one eating this meal, I what is needed to save our environment, but it
determined that the manna they ate in the is more important to be doing something about
wilderness must have been Hamburger Hinder it. If you want to go green, support our Earth’s
because even after I had all I could eat, the first green industry: agriculture, which will be
leftovers seemed to grow each time I ate it much more important than Hamburger Hinder
for the next five days. to feed those extra folks in 2050.

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Short Rows

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by pinching off buds by hand. Potted daylilies, peonies, water lilies


1/ Just Peachy If all of that pruning talk made you and other perennial plants grown at the
Peach tree pruning rules got you hungry for peaches, here’s some good gardens’ nursery are also available.
puzzled? Learn how to prune your fruit news – you don’t have to wait until they The plants may be purchased at
trees by following these simple tips. ripen. The folks at Flippens Fruit Farm the garden, as well as online. Visit
• Don’t prune before February, and do are known for cooking up fabulous fried www.iriscitygardens.com for details.
your best not to prune within several pies made with peaches grown on their
days of cold weather. farm. Browse their online store at
• Before pruning, prepare the tree by www.flippenhillbillybarn.com. 3 / Scrapbooking and
cutting off any dead or damaged Spa Service
limbs, and remove any suckers
growing off the roots. 2 / Stately Flowers Ladies, if you’re looking to get away
from the hustle and bustle, and hunker
• When you’re ready, prune the shoots – Did you know that Tennessee’s state down with your scrapbooking supplies,
the new, red branches – and remove flower is the iris? The green-thumbed listen up. A women’s retreat at Petticoat
any branches growing toward the group at Iris City Gardens certainly does. Junction may be the place for you.
center of the tree, as well as any small Located in Primm Springs, about 40 Bonnie Esslinger created Petticoat
or thin shoots and downward hanging miles southwest of Nashville, Iris City Junction, located in a recently
or horizontally growing branches. Gardens grows a variety of species of renovated historic home in Normandy
• After the tree has bloomed, prune irises, and they open their gardens to (outside of Manchester), where women
some of the buds; ensure that the the public on Wednesdays through are invited to enjoy delicious meals,
peaches grow about six inches apart Sundays from April 13 to June 26. decadent desserts and pampering.

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TN TN
FARM FARM
FRESH FRESH
Scrapbooking is but one activity that
guests may partake in. Kayaking trips
on the Duck River will be offered this
Springtime Means Strawberries
summer, along with the year-round If you are in search of fresh fruits and vegetables this spring, look no
sightseeing, relaxing and spa services, further than Bradley Kountry Acres. Located about 30 miles north of
including massages. Nashville in Sumner County, the farm will begin their season offering pick-
Learn more about Petticoat Junction, your-own strawberries, along with tomatoes and a variety of other produce,
which also hosts church retreats and flowers and herbs.
family reunions, at www.pjretreat.com. After milking cows at a Grade A dairy operation in Cottontown for more
than 30 years, the family decided to sell the herd and transition into a new
venture. For Mike and Cathy Bradley, that meant growing and selling 6 acres
4 / History Comes Alive of fruits, vegetables and an assortment of flowers.
Located in Athens, the McMinn Today, Bradley Kountry Acres produces four different varieties of
County Living Heritage Museum strawberries, which they grow in raised beds using plastic mulch and drip
collects, preserves and displays the irrigation, a process known as plasticulture. According to the Bradleys, this
artifacts, documents and other items method promotes better watering and fertilization as well as cleaner and
that represent the history of the county. healthier strawberry fields – and also makes them easier to pick. Visitors
Although some exhibits rotate, the are welcome to come out and pick their own berries, though they offer pre-
museum’s textile collection is on picked berries for customers too.
permanent display and showcases Each year on the first Sunday in May, the Bradleys host their Spring Open
more than 2,100 examples of textiles, House, which is filled with all things strawberries to kick off the pick-your-
including quilts and hooked rugs. own season. While visitors are shopping for their long-awaited fruit or
In addition, the museum is home to flowers, they can also taste-test plenty of strawberry cakes, pies and other
more than 7,000 artifacts that delicious dishes.
represent and tell the histories of In addition to the strawberries, the Bradleys also have three greenhouses
McMinn County and East Tennessee. filled with bedding plants, herbs, ferns, hanging baskets and potted flower
Workshops and special events are also arrangements, as well as tomatoes, blackberries, peaches, broccoli, squash,
offered and open to the public. peppers and various other vegetable crops. Come autumn, they also have
For additional information, visit sweet potatoes, pumpkins, gourds and fall decor.
www.livingheritagemuseum.com. Visitors are welcome at Bradley Kountry Acres almost anytime, especially
during strawberry season. For more information on the farm’s pricing, the

5/ Gorgeous Gardens availability of their products or to schedule a group outing, please contact
them at (615) 325-2836. You can also find them online at
According to many scholars, the first www.bradleykountryacres.com.
botanic gardens were actually herb  – Tiffany Howard,
gardens. Visitors to Memphis Botanic  Tennessee Farm Fresh coordinator
Garden can explore the three areas of
the attraction’s newly expanded herb
garden opening in March.
The formal garden, a traditional
European-style herb garden, features
around-the-world herbs such as
thymes, germander, rosemary, sages
and lavender. The meadow is home to
more robust plants such as shrub
roses, comfrey and indigos. The
woodland, sectioned by continents,
contains an array of herbs from around
the world, including medicinal, dye,
cosmetic and utilitarian plants.
More than 20 specialty gardens are
located on the 96-acre Memphis
Botanic Garden. Find out more at
www.memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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Agriculture

100Century farm families are deeply rooted in agriculture


Years and
Counting

Story by Jessica Mozo


Photography by jeff adkins

I
f you visit Donnell Century Rose Ann Donnell, whose husband, found people love to see grow – they
Farm near Jackson on Easter Billy, is a descendent of John are just fascinated by it.”
weekend, you’ll see children Donnell. “Our main business is Like more than 1,300 historic farms
gathering colorful eggs in farming, but in 2005, we started an across Tennessee, the Donnells
baskets, holding baby chicks, agritourism business that’s very applied for designation as a century
posing for pictures with the Easter educational and grows each year.” farm through the Tennessee
bunny, and discovering the ins and Department of Agriculture.
outs of farm life. The 175-year-old A Donnell Family “It was my mother-in-law’s desire
farm hosts an annual Easter egg Tradition to fill out the application. She really
hunt and spring field trips as Though much has changed, much wanted to obtain the century farm
part of its agritourism program, has stayed the same on the Donnells’ designation,” Rose Ann says. “I
which also includes a fall season farm over the last 175 years. It’s still helped her with it, and it really was
complete with barnyard animals, a family operation – Billy and Rose pretty easy. We went to the library
a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Ann live on the land with their son to look up the record of deeds.”
Donnell Century Farm has come a Andrew, his wife, Jessica, and their
long way since founder John Donnell three children. Together they produce Bacon Farm
settled on the original 500-acre tract of registered Angus cattle, cotton, In East Tennessee, Bacon Farm is
land in Madison County in 1835. John soybeans, corn, wheat and hay. another century farm, established
is now buried in the family cemetery, “We sell all-natural, dry-aged in 1891. The Washington County
and his sixth-generation descendents Angus beef to restaurants and at farm near Jonesborough is home to
are farming the land he loved. farmers markets, and we sell our Bruce Bacon Jr., a fourth-generation
“We celebrated our 175th birthday white corn to Martha White to be descendent of founder Robert Bacon.
in 2010 by creating a corn maze in used for cornmeal,” Rose Ann says. Bruce and his wife, Debbie, live in a
the shape of a birthday cake,” says “We raise cotton, which we have brick home they built on the property

Donnell Century Farm in Jackson farms cotton, cattle, soybeans, corn, wheat, hay and an agritourism venture where kids have
hands-on interactions with real animals. Top center: Bruce Bacon Jr. represents the fourth generation of his Jonesborough farm.

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in the 1970s along with their 23-year-

What Qualifies a Tennessee old son, Benjamin. Their older son,


Bruce III, lives in the farm’s 110-year-
Century Farm? old farmhouse with his wife, Amber,
and their two daughters.
Established by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture in 1975 as part of our
“The farm has changed
nation’s bicentennial celebration, the Tennessee Century Farms program honors the
dedication of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 completely since 1891,” Bruce says.
years. The statewide program has more than 1,300 certified century farms, 603 of “The farm itself will always be our
which are more than 150 years old, and 136 have reached the 200-year mark (as of old home-place, but it’s hard to
January 2010). More than 40 farmers are in an even more exclusive club, Pioneer make a living today milking cows
Century Farms, those established before or in 1796, the year of Tennessee’s statehood. and growing tobacco like my daddy
The eligibility requirements to register as a Tennessee century farm are as follows: and mommy did.”
• The farm must have been in your family continuously for at least 100 years. Bacon is retired from Eastman
• The farm must include at least 10 acres of the original founders’ land. Chemical Co. and spends his days
• The farm must produce at least $1,000 in farm income annually. raising hay and steers and “keeping
• At least one of the farm’s owners must be a Tennessee resident. the farm clean.” Bruce III works for
If your farm qualifies, you can find an application at www.tncenturyfarms.org or by Eastman Chemical Co. like his father
calling (615) 898-2947. If you’re curious about century farms in your neck of the did, and Benjamin works for UPS.
woods, the website also provides a list of century farms by county. “We grow a garden that we eat out
of, and several years ago I

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The quilt block on the 1891 barn at Bacon Farm is modeled
after the quilt made by Bruce Bacon Jr.’s grandmother that
hangs behind him, his wife, Debbie, and their granddaughters.
Top left: Billy Donnell harvests corn. Bottom left: Arrington’s
Brian McCord Ozburn Hollow Farm is part of the Land Trust for Tennessee.

remodeled our old barn,” he says. descendent (a successful Nashville 100 years ago or today.
“We’re sort of proud of it. We keep it businessman) Frank Perry Ozburn “Our agritourism venue shows
decorated with flowers, and we use acquired the property in 1976. visitors how John Donnell got bacon
it for family picnics. The cattle get Ozburn Hollow Farm is now home from his pigs, eggs from his chickens
their feed there, and we have some to the eighth generation of Ozburns and picked cotton by hand. He had
peacocks and guineas.” as well as a restored log house, everything he needed right here on
Bacon Farm is part of the smokehouse, springhouse and log the farm,” Rose Ann says. “People
Appalachian Quilt Trail and has a barn from the 19th century. In 2006, see on the tour how farm life was a
replica of the LeMoyne Star quilt Perry and his wife, Elaine, donated a century ago, and then they see the
pattern (popular in the early 1800s) conservation easement on the farm cotton picker we use today and our
hanging on the restored 1891 barn. to the Land Trust for Tennessee to modern-day tractors. We hope to add
protect it from being divided and a farm museum so we can display
Ozburn Hollow Farm developed in rapidly growing artifacts we have, like a butter
In Middle Tennessee, Ozburn Williamson County. churn, cotton sacks and an old plow.”
Hollow Farm has been rooted in Of his family agricultural heritage
Williamson County near Arrington Carrying the Torch in Jonesborough, Bacon says he
for more than two centuries. Meanwhile, back in West loves “being in the middle of it all.”
Revolutionary War veteran Robert Tennessee, the Donnells are doing “I’ve been on this land 61 years,”
Ozburn established the 500-acre their best to help people understand he continues. “I just like it out
homestead in 1804, and his the importance of farming, whether here.”

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Tennessee Living

Iron-Clad
Success
Lodge foundry cooks up an American icon

Story by laura Hill


Photography by jeffrey s. otto

W
hat do a high-end gourmet cooking a wide variety of foods in cast iron, More Online
kitchen shop, a sporting goods has really helped. It’s hilarious, but people Go inside the Lodge
store, your local hardware come into our factory stores and say ‘I saw foundry in a quick video
emporium, a big-box discounter so-and-so on the Food Network – where’s that at tnhomeandfarm.com/
in Georgia and an upscale Manhattan pan?’ It’s like that all over the country.” lodge-cast-iron.
department store have in common? A What keeps cooks coming back for more, Lodge will be giving
away a cast iron skillet
Tennessee product that is both an American Kelly says, is a combination of manageable
to one of our e-mail
icon and one of the hottest trends in the prices, ease of use and extreme durability. subscribers. Find out
food world: Lodge Cast Iron cookware. Cast iron cookware heats evenly, retains heat more by signing up for
Manufactured as it has been for more than beautifully, and is virtually indestructible. our e-newsletter at
112 years in tiny South Pittsburg (population He himself uses his grandmother’s skillet and tnhomeandfarm.com.
3,300), the company’s skillets, Dutch ovens, Dutch oven, not an uncommon story. Many On our website you
can also find cast iron
griddles and more have been kitchen fixtures Lodge items produced 100 years ago are still
skillet recipes and tips
for generations, much-loved and passed down in daily use by devoted cooks. from Lodge on how to
from one cook to another. Once relegated to “I can pick up a cast iron skillet or a Dutch clean cast iron skillets.
the shadows by non-stick aluminum and oven, and I know that I hold in my hands a
stainless steel pots and pans, cast iron has quality instrument that, barring great
again emerged into the culinary limelight, clumsiness on my part, will certainly outlast
thanks to smart thinking and an unexpected me,” says collector Rick Mansfield on his
boost from television cooking shows. website www.cookingincastiron.com. “Cast
“We’re doing extremely well in today’s iron is solid, and its weight when I hold it in
marketplace,” says Mark Kelly, public my hand says to me that it will still be with
relations and advertising manager for Lodge. me when I come to the end of my days, waiting
“More people are cooking at home than to be passed on to the next generation.”
traditionally have. And the emergence of the Cast iron enthusiasts like Mansfield, a
Food Network, where people see great chefs professor and doctoral candidate in Kentucky,

Jerry Don King is a third-generation employee at Lodge, which has made cast iron cookware since 1896.

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Cookin’ Up
a Fun Festival
Nearly all year, the Lodge Cast Iron foundry is
closed to the public. But on two special days each
spring, you can tour the state-of-the-art facility and
have a grand time before and after.
The National Cornbread Festival, which celebrates
its 15th anniversary April 30 and May 1, 2011,
is fun, but it’s also a celebration with a mission.
Worried about a local economy dampened by big
shopping centers and a busy highway that bypassed
the town, community leaders came up with the idea
of an event to promote South Pittsburg and benefit
charitable, civic, church and youth organizations
from the proceeds in return for volunteering.
Besides saluting all things cornbread, the festival
has helped scouts, athletics programs, building
projects, education and the arts. South Pittsburg’s
now-thriving storefronts are a testament to how the
festival has put the community on the map.
Besides Lodge factory tours, the festival offers
great music, Miss Cornbread pageants, cook-offs,
arts and crafts, a historic tour, a carnival, exhibits
and a classic car show. No wonder 45,000 people
attend each year. “It’s hokey fun,” says Mark Kelly
of Lodge Cast Iron. “And hokey is a good thing.”
Learn more at www.nationalcornbread.com.

are legion, and growing. Websites The company is still family-owned average the foundry produces 800
abound, and scrounging for cast iron and -operated – a great-grandson, pieces an hour. “If all the cast iron
cookware at garage sales and flea Bob Kellerman, is chairman and gods are aligned,” says Kelly, it can
markets has gotten tighter and tighter. CEO, Henry Lodge is president and turn out 1,600 pieces an hour.
Mansfield admits to a passion for COO, and a fifth-generation family Factory seasoning has been
cast iron, praising its versatility and member is special projects manager. critical to Lodge’s success. An
low-tech reliability. His 40-piece The family tradition also extends to unseasoned gray iron pan, as many
collection, including a wok and his employees, some of whom are third- cooks can attest, takes a long time
grandmother’s treasured skillet, holds and fourth-generation workers. to become that trusty blackened
pride of place on a baker’s rack in heirloom, the result of much cooking,
Changes have certainly been made
gentle cleaning and a lot of oil. Eight
his kitchen. But his emphasis is on over 112 years – Lodge today also
years ago the company decided to
using his collection every day. sells two highly successful lines of
give customers a head start on the
“If you enjoy cooking, you want colorful enameled cookware, has
process by spraying its cookware
great tools to cook with, and that improved the melting process and
with a soy-based vegetable oil and
naturally leads to cast iron,” he says. pursues a vigorous pro-environment
then baking it. The result was a
As the last cast-iron cookware policy. But the basics behind Lodge’s much more user-friendly product that
foundry in the United States, Lodge cast iron cookware remain much the appealed to contemporary cooks.
is especially proud of its history and same. Pig iron and stamped steel are “It rocked our world,” says Kelly.
commitment to quality. The company melted down at 2,800 degrees and “We got a lot of instant press. We
was founded by Joseph Lodge, an poured into specially crafted sand had a huge article about seasoning
Englishman who came to this country molds, tooled to create impressions in the Washington Post, and a Good
in the late 1800s and worked for of individual pieces. The iron cools Housekeeping Good Buy award, and
various foundries before starting in the molds as they go down the we’ve been on a roll ever since. We
Blacklock Foundries in South production line, molds split open and had been primarily a regional brand,
Pittsburg. In 1910, when that foundry the red-hot cookware cools and is but now we’re a national brand. If I go
burned, he moved his business down cleaned and seasoned before to Seattle or New York or wherever,
the road to its current location and packaging. Total time elapsed from people in the food business know
reincorporated as Lodge Cast Iron. melting to packaging: 90 minutes. On exactly who we are.”

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Home & Garden

Twister
of Fate

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Tennessee Living

Eagleville farmer recounts


Good Friday tornado
experience and aftermath

Story by Julie Vaughn

O
n April 10, 2009, Good Friday
became known as “tornado
Friday” in our family’s history as a
twister touched down on our farm
in Eagleville. This same tornado minutes
later struck nearby Murfreesboro as a class
F5, destroying homes, businesses and
taking the life of a young mother and baby.
It was a crazy day anyway, much more
chaotic than our “normal” crazy farm life. We
each had our assignments. My husband, Jim,
would take his parents to the doctor in
Nashville. Along with my two boys (then
ages 4 and 1), our part-time employee Kelley
and I finished harvesting vegetables and
packing half-bushel boxes for our local
CSA distribution.
Of course, when you are shorthanded,
things are always a bit more stressful. The
wind that Friday was making our work
nearly impossible, as our spinach was flying
Jeffrey S. Otto

The tornado destroyed greenhouses, mangled trees


and caused other damage to Rocky Glade Farm.

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Photos by Jeffrey S. Otto
You might wonder what was going Tornado Tips From
through my mind? One word sums it up: Rocky Glade Farm
BATHTUB. Yes, bathtub. That is what I
said, and that is where we all went. All
FOUR of us! In our more than 100-year-old
1. Tornado watches
and warnings are
given for a reason. Don’t
farmhouse, the bathtub is indeed as safe ignore them (like I did!).
as any other location.
The screaming sound continued, followed
by strong wind and hail that seemed to last
2. Tornadoes happen
in seconds. Decide
right now where you
a long time, but in reality it was over in a would go if a tornado
few seconds. Seconds indeed, but that was were to take place.

3.
all it took to remove the roof and sides from Remain calm (if
our hay barn, completely collapse our hen possible). Think
house, damage countless stretches of through what needs to
fences, twist off and mangle massive trees be done afterward. Once
and completely destroy all four of our you know your family is
safe and taken care of,
greenhouses.
think about the rest of
You might think I would have cried seeing your farm. Does anything
all that damage, but I did not. Instead, I need to be unplugged?
looked at my two boys and my friend Kelley, Are power lines down?
still in the bathtub, which was still located in Are your fences damaged
my house, which was still standing, so badly that your
away faster than we could harvest it. My livestock needs to be
1-year-old son simply would not take a nap completely untouched by the wind. I was so
moved to keep them
at his normally scheduled time, and one of very thankful to God. The damage was
off roads?
our expectant ewes was going into labor and painful and would set us back in finances
seemed to want to do it her way (out in the
field) instead of my way (in the barn). It
and time, but everything that was destroyed
could be replaced, and I knew it was the hand
4. Remember to be
thankful. It could
be, and most likely is,
was about as much as this farm wife could of God that protected my home and family. worse for someone else
handle. I had no idea how much more I As crazy as that Friday began, so it ended somewhere else.
was about to be called on to manage. with neighbors bringing food and promises
When the harvest was finally complete, we of help. A few chickens found their way home
decided to take a break for lunch. The 1-year- from their windy trip to who knows where,
old finally was napping peacefully, and the and that stubborn, uncooperative ewe safely
day was feeling a bit more manageable delivered twins that we aptly named Tornado
when I heard a screaming noise coming from and Twister.
the west side of the farm. I ran to the kitchen
door and tried to open it, but it would not Bottom: Julie, Jim, Caleb and Dylem Vaughn’s
budge. At the exact same moment my ears Eagleville farm is thriving today, despite setbacks
and Kelley’s ears popped, our eyes met and I caused by the storm. Top left: Kelley Gallagher
knew something big was going on outside. was working at the farm the day of the tornado.

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Tennessee Living

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Food

Mother’s Day
menu Treat mom to a homemade meal she
deserves with our simple menu

Story by Karen Schwartzman


Photography by jeffrey s. otto
food styling by kristen winston catering

A
dd a little originality to Mother’s Our green bean, tomato and Vidalia onion Find a Tennessee
Day by trying your hand at salad with Dijon vinaigrette dressing adds a Restaurant
something homemade. Even if delicious spin to the requisite veggie portion. Don’t feel like cooking
concocting something special in Since mom’s only chore for the day is on Mother’s Day? We’ve
the kitchen isn’t exactly your style, we’ve relaxing, help ease her into the job with a compiled an online-only
got a few recipes on hand to make the little comfort food. Twice-baked potatoes collection of some of our
process go smoothly. should do the trick. This take on the loaded favorite restaurants
across the state. You
Designed with novice cooks in mind, these potato combines all the classics – sour
can flip through the
recipes are sure to satisfy mom on her cream, cheese, scallions and butter – into the pages of Tennessee
signature day and keep things simple for mix, so it’s ready and loaded when it comes Restaurants, Vol. 1 at
dad with a few easy-to-follow steps. The best out of the oven. tnhomeandfarm.com/
part? There’s plenty to do to accommodate a To satisfy a sweet tooth, finish the meal online-library.
few extra hands from little helpers. with a blueberry dump cake. This
The centerpiece is a marinated steak, deceptively simple dessert requires little
easily flavored with soy sauce, preparation and delivers big flavor.
Worcestershire and ground mustard, and So there you have it – a simple and
forgotten about overnight as it marinates. satisfying meal tailor-made just for mom.

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Food

Marinated and Grilled Steak Green Bean, Tomato


2 New York strip steaks (1-1/2 inches thick, about
and Vidalia Onion Salad
14 to 16 ounces each; the thickness is more 1½ pounds fresh green beans
important than the weight)
½ large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
Marinade: 1 large beefsteak tomato, cut into thin wedges
¼ cup vegetable oil
Dijon Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ cup white wine vinegar
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons course ground mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon pepper
½ cup light olive oil
Mix together marinade ingredients and pour over
Blanch green beans in a pot of boiling water until
defrosted steaks. Marinate 4 hours or overnight.
crisp tender, about 2-3 minutes. Drain and let cool.
Remove the steaks from the refrigerator about 30
Whisk together first 5 vinaigrette ingredients in
to 40 minutes before cooking. Heat grill to medium
bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until emulsified.
high, about 450 degrees.
Toss green beans, onion, tomato and dressing.
Place the meat on the hottest part of the grill. If at
Add salt and pepper if necessary.
any time the grill flares up, move the steaks to the
outside edge, returning them to the center when the
flame dies down. Do not slide the steaks across the
grill; gently pick them up with tongs. Grill steaks
cooking each side twice for 3 minutes at a time
(for a total cooking time of 12 minutes).

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Twice-Baked Potatoes Blueberry Dump Cake
4 Russet potatoes, about 8 ounces each 4 cups frozen blueberries
½ cup sour cream ½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter 1 box yellow cake mix
½ cup milk 1½ sticks butter
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
4 ounces cream cheese
Dump blueberries and sugar into baking dish.
½ cup chopped scallions
Stir together.
1½ teaspoons kosher salt Sprinkle cake mix over the fruit. Slice butter and
¼ teaspoon pepper distribute over the surface of the cake mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Adjust oven rack to upper middle position, and
heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake potatoes on foil-lined
baking sheet until skin is crisp and deep brown and
fork easily pierces flesh, about 1 hour. Transfer
potatoes to wire rack and let sit until cool enough to
handle, about 10 minutes.
Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Using a small
dinner spoon, scoop flesh from each half into
medium bowl, leaving a 1/4-inch thickness of flesh
in each skin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, mash potato flesh with fork until
smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients, including salt
and pepper to taste, until well-combined.
Spoon mixture into skins, mounding slightly at the
center, and return to oven. Broil until spotty brown
and crisp on top, 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10
minutes. Garnish with additional chives, if desired.
Serve warm.

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Country Classics

Taking the Cake


Versatile pound cake can be dressed up many ways

W Sour Cream Pound Cake


hen it comes to baking, Kay Hungry for More?
Upchurch’s recipe for Sour Cream Each issue of
Pound Cake proves simple is best. 2 sticks butter or margarine Tennessee Home & Farm
It uses only six ingredients, most of which highlights recipes like
3 cups plain flour, sifted
are staples you probably already have in your those featured in
1 (8-ounce) package sour cream Country Classics
fridge and pantry.
3 cups sugar Volume II. Copies of the
“It’s a really simple, easy recipe for plain
cookbook are available
pound cake, and you can dress it up a lot of 5 eggs for $17 each, including
different ways,” says Upchurch, wife of 1 teaspoon vanilla shipping and handling,
Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation President from county Farm
Lacy Upchurch. “We enjoy the cake a lot in the Cream sugar and butter well. Add eggs Bureau offices, or by
one at a time, beating after each addition. calling the Tennessee
spring and summer with fresh or frozen
Add flour and sour cream alternately. Farm Bureau home office
strawberries or fresh peaches.” at (931) 388-7872,
Upchurch discovered the Sour Cream Pound Beat well, and bake in greased tube pan at
ext. 2217.
Cake recipe in a cookbook compiled by ladies 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
from the Cumberland Homesteads area. A Top with fresh or frozen strawberries or other
Jamestown native, she is a self-taught cook fruit if desired.
who learned by trial and error, with lots of
“flops” along the way.
“My mother was a beautician who didn’t
really like to cook, but my mother-in-law was a
great cook and a real inspiration to me in the
kitchen,” Upchurch says. “The best compliment
she ever gave me was when she told me I
turned out to be a better cook than she was.”
The Upchurches have three grown children
and seven grandchildren, and they gather at
holidays for “lots of home cooking,” Upchurch
says. Her oldest daughter also loves to cook
and is a big help in the kitchen.
Their permanent home is in Crossville, and
they have a second home in Columbia while her
husband is serving as Farm Bureau president. He
is an avid gardener and grows potatoes, green
beans, corn, peppers, cabbage, onions, apples,
blueberries and blackberries at their Crossville
home, where they spend most weekends.
“We do a lot of our own canning and freezing
of fruits and vegetables,” Upchurch says. “In
the summer we love to make barbecue chicken
on the grill, and I do homemade potato salad
and coleslaw. I also like to make coconut and
Jeffrey S. Otto

chocolate cream pies, fried pies, and


homemade cookies and brownies.”
 – Jessica Mozo

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Restaurant Review

Photos by Antony Boshier


The Bayou and Beyond
Cookeville cooks up Cajun cuisine and more at Crawdaddy’s

C
rawdaddy’s West Side Grill is like a chop,” Blalock says. “Our best-selling seafood The Dish on
slice of New Orleans right in the dish is our Citrus Glazed Salmon, which is pan- Crawdaddy’s
middle of Cookeville. A local favorite, seared with orange-ginger sauce and topped West Side Grill
Crawdaddy’s offers a diverse menu and lots of with goat cheese. Another great dish is the In each issue,
outdoor seating in the courtyard and on the California Sea Bass, which has a lemon basil we feature one of
balcony of its 100-year-old brick building. cream sauce on top of rice.” Tennessee’s tasty
“Our patio and courtyard are a big draw, and Of course, no meal is complete without eateries, and you can
find some of our
our building has a lot of character,” says Drew dessert, and Crawdaddy’s does dessert in true
favorite restaurants at
Blalock, who owns Crawdaddy’s with business New Orleans fashion.
tnhomeandfarm.com/
partner Blue Hensley. “We play a lot of up-tempo “We make our own creme brulee and bread food/restaurants. As
’60s music, and we’re known for some of the pudding, and they are best-sellers on our always, please call
best food, service and atmosphere in the area.” dessert menu,” Blalock says. ahead before traveling
Though many entrées are Cajun-inspired, Blalock and Hensley bought the restaurant long distances.
Crawdaddy’s doesn’t limit itself to Cajun fare. in 2007. “We’ve been able to increase our sales Crawdaddy’s West Side
Grill is located at 53 W.
“Our menu has several high-end items right every year, which surprised me considering the
Broad St. in Cookeville.
down to chicken wings,” Blalock says. “It may state of the economy,” Blalock says. They serve food Monday
look upscale, but we’re anything but stuffy. We do In 2009, Crawdaddy’s was voted the Best through Saturday from
our best to build relationships with customers.” Local Restaurant by readers of the Cumberland 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and
Menu favorites include appetizers such as Business Journal. Sundays from 10:30
Gator Bites (Cajun-battered and fried bits of The key to their success? A slew of loyal a.m. to 10 p.m., with
alligator tail), steamed mussels, fried oysters customers who keep coming back over and Sunday Jazz Brunch
from noon until 2 p.m.
and several dips, from the Pesto Goat Cheese over again. “A lot of people say the toughest
Contact them at
Dip to the Bayou Shrimp Dip. part of running a restaurant is dealing with the (931) 526-4660
Popular entrees include the Carpet Bagger public, but I’ve found that to be 180 degrees or www.crawdaddys
Filet, an 8-ounce, center-cut tenderloin topped from the truth,” Blalock says. “The public is grill.com.
with lump crab cream sauce, and the French the reason I love what I do. We don’t see them
Cut Pork Chop. as customers – we see them as friends.”
“We get so many compliments on our pork – Jessica Mozo

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Gardening

Lost in Space?
How to Grow a space-efficient backyard veggie garden

V
egetable gardening has never been so available water and nutrients, and adequate
popular. Whether it’s for economic supplies must be provided. I like using a
reasons or because of awareness of the commercial-grade, composted growing media
local slow food movements, growing your own used by the greenhouse and nursery industry.
tomatoes is in. These growing media are great at holding
So is space-efficient gardening. It goes by water, and they contain all the nutrients your
a variety of names (raised-bed gardening, plants need (no fertilizing!). You also don’t
intensive gardening, square foot gardening, have to dig, till, shovel or wheelbarrow soil.
block style gardening, close-row gardening, You typically can buy such media bagged from
wide-row gardening, and vertical gardening); a garden center, nursery, co-op, or nursery and
About the Author
but whatever the name, the trick is to eliminate greenhouse supply company. If you prefer to
Dr. Sue Hamilton is an unnecessary walkways by planting vegetables use soil, have your soil tested (contact your
associate professor in
in rectangular-shaped beds or blocks instead county’s UT Extension office) so you know its
the University of
Tennessee Department of long single rows. pH, organic matter and nutritional status, and
of Plant Sciences and Don’t think you have enough space to grow which amendments it might need.
director of the UT your own veggies? Think again. Raised-bed Space-efficient gardening uses an
Gardens. The gardens gardening allows you to concentrate soil equidistant spacing pattern – the center of one
are a project of the
preparation in a small area, resulting in the plant is the same distance from the centers of
University of Tennessee
AgResearch program,
efficient use of soil amendments and an ideal all surrounding plants. The recommended
with locations in environment for vegetable growth. Construct distance from one plant to the next should be
Knoxville and Jackson: the frames out of wood, stone, brick or listed on the seed packet under row-spacing
http://utgardens. concrete block to give your raised beds a recommendations. The close spacing tends to
tennessee.edu. border and to hold an organically rich soil in create a nearly solid leaf canopy, acting as a
place. You can also create free-standing living mulch, decreasing water loss and
mounded beds to your desired width and keeping weed problems down. However, plants
length. Such space-efficient gardening can should not be crowded to the point where
increase yields five-fold compared to the diseases arise or competition causes stunting.
traditional row-style garden and 15-fold for Growing plants vertically is another
smaller kitchen garden vegetables. intensive gardening technique and a great way
Raised beds provide many advantages. They to adapt gardening for those with physical
look neat and tidy (fewer weeds!) and make it challenges. Using trellises, nets, strings, cages
easy to add drip irrigation and protective or poles to support growing plants upward
features. An ideal width of a framed raised bed constitutes vertical gardening. Vining and
is 4 feet if it is free-standing and accessible sprawling plants, such as cucumbers,
from all sides. If you locate your bed up tomatoes, melons and pole beans are obvious
against a wall, such as the side of your house, candidates for this type of gardening. Some
and can only access it from one side, don’t plants entwine themselves onto the support,
make beds any wider than 2 feet for easy while others may need to be tied. Remember
access to all the plants. The height of a raised that a vertical planting will cast a shadow.
bed should be at least 6 inches. Deep-root Plant shade-tolerant crops near the trellises so
crops such as carrots, potatoes and leeks your sun-lovers will not be shadowed. Plants
do well when they have a growing depth grown vertically may have lower yields (but
of 12 inches. not always). Still, the yield per square foot of
Soil preparation is the key to successful garden space is high. Because vertically
intensive gardening. Plants compete for growing plants are more exposed than

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non-staked plants, they dry out faster and may common practice, consisting of multiple Read More
need to be watered frequently. Fast drying is plantings of one crop to provide a continuous Square Foot Gardening
an advantage for those plants susceptible to harvest. Sweet corn and bush beans are by Mel Bartholomew
fungus diseases. usually recommended for relaying, but How to Grow More
To use raised beds efficiently, keep them cucumbers or other crops that yield for two Vegetables: And Fruits,
filled. When a spring vegetable is harvested, weeks or less are also good prospects. Nuts, Berries, Grains and
plant a summer vegetable in its place. Follow A space-efficient garden requires detailed Other Crops Than You
summer vegetables with fall vegetables. Small planning, but the time saved in working the Ever Thought Possible on
Less Land Than You Can
vegetables such as radish and lettuce can be garden and the increased yields make it well
Imagine by John Jeavons
interplanted between tomatoes and other large worthwhile.
vegetables. They will mature and can be For more information about space-efficient Find additional links at
removed before the tomatoes need the space. gardening, lots of resources are available to tnhomeandfarm.com/
Peppers can be interplanted between lettuce help you. Books, articles, and UT Extension space-efficient-garden.
plants in the same way. Relaying is another publications abound.

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Farmside Chat

Meet Eric
Mayberry
Humphreys County farmer
raises soybeans, corn,
wheat and cattle

W
hen Eric Mayberry graduated from
high school, he had a decision to
Antony Boshier

make. Go to college and get a job


behind a desk, or return to the farm. Following
his heart, Mayberry went straight to work on
the family farm, and he never looked back.
“My first love was always farming – being
close to the land, being your own boss, not really most suited for animals. I think people More Online
having the daily grind with someone else have a perception that livestock is all cooped To learn more about
looking over your shoulder,” Mayberry says. up in a building, and we raise corn and haul it how farmers care for
“That’s a big plus, just staying close to farm and to them, but that’s just not the case. their animals, visit
family. Raising my kids in the rural area on the www.conversations
How do you care for your animals? oncare.com.
farm was a huge factor in my decision to stay.”
Find fun farm facts on
Mayberry and his father are partners in a It’s just natural for me; it’s a part of who I
soybeans, Tennessee’s
family farm in Humphreys County, where he am to care of my animals. But to relate that to
top farm commodity, at
and his wife, three kids and parents all live. the general public, who have one cat or dog, tnhomeandfarm.com/
They raise corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle. and here I have 200 big ol’ cows out here in the farm-facts-soybeans.
pasture – they may not be able to understand
Does a love of farming run in your family? that. The point I struggle to make people
The land has been in the family for around understand is that the better that animal is
60 years now. Both my parents’ moms and dads cared for and the happier it is, the better it is
and all of their ancestors were all farmers as far going to be not only for that animal but also
back as we can think. My children also have an for me and my pocketbook. That animal’s
interest in agriculture. My son looks like he’s welfare and well-being has a direct effect on
going to be a farmer one of these days, and my how it provides for my family’s well-being.
daughters were in FFA and 4-H. One concern
we have is whether there’s going to be room for How do you stay positive despite constant
one or more of them to come back to the farm. struggles with weather, cost and other issues?
It’s something every year, so after you’ve
Why do you raise cattle on your land? been in it a while you realize it’s just part of
The land we have is very suited for cattle – a the job. Nothing is ever going to go perfectly;
lot of hillside ground that isn’t conducive for it’s just the nature of the business. Farmers are
row crops [corn, soybeans and wheat]. A lot of accused of being eternal optimists, and I guess
people think that we’re wasting grain and that’s probably true because if you were a
resources on beef production in this country, natural pessimist, when that hiccup comes
when the truth is there’s just a tremendous along, you’d give up pretty quick. Any
amount of land that’s only suited for cattle and occupation is going to have its struggles and
sheep grazing. We can get a tremendous trials. It’s just the love for the land and what
amount of food products, protein – some you do that helps you overcome a lot.
pretty good, healthy stuff – off the land that’s  – Melissa Burniston

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To Good Health

Fear of the Unknown


TRH helps navigate health-care reform confusion

T
hank goodness our organization’s whining. So I will (and pray a lot). After all, we
president was standing in the office all deal with this and various unknowns every
lobby and quickly greeted me, or I might hour, every day. And doing what I do, working
simply have just slumped down in the corner, in the health-insurance industry, I have seen
pulled into the fetal position and sobbed. But individuals and companies alike over the past
with Farm Bureau President Lacy Upchurch year struggle through the unknowns of health-
distracting me with conversation, I was able to care reform. After passage last March of a
remain composed as my oldest and, as of that massive federal health-care reform law,
very morning, 16-year-old daughter dropped everyone has tried to put the pieces together
me off at the front doors and for the first time and understand the implications. One segment
ever drove away by herself. of our population especially concerned about About the Author
By the time I reached my third-floor office, any changes is senior citizens, that group that Anthony Kimbrough
the diminutive blonde in the little blue car had has already navigated the travails of teen is vice president
disappeared down the hill and out of sight. driving. Now they are trying to best determine of marketing and
An anxious 13 minutes later, at 9:02 a.m., her how to navigate our health-care system. government relations
for TRH Health
Daddy received this text, still preserved today Through TRH Health Plans, the health-care
Plans. His e-mail is
on my phone: I got here. Love you. :) And at that arm of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, more than akimbrough@trh.com.
point I was able to concentrate once again on 56,000 seniors have a Medicare Supplement For more information
the day’s work. plan to help fill the gaps in their Medicare about TRH Health Plans,
I know I’m not the first parent who’s stood at coverage. They, along with 12 million baby call (877) 874-8323 or
that particular threshold of life, but this was boomers who will turn 65 this year, no doubt visit www.trh.com.
my daughter. It was just that I thought this day have wondered about all the ‘unknowns’
would come later for me, especially since there associated with health-care reform. I wish we
was a real hope – with her having my family’s could put their minds at ease, even while they
genes and all – she would not be able to even know that $500 billion is to be cut from the
reach the pedals and steering wheel. Medicare program to help finance health-care
Unfortunately, the modern-day convenience of reform. At least for supplement holders, we do
adjustable everything took away that hope. remind them that most of that money, we are
So as McKayla drove off to school that day, told, will come from changes in Medicare
it also struck me that this teenage passage Advantage plans.
represents far less one-on-one time for Daddy The truth, as best we can tell, is that
to spend with his daughter. All those hurried- Medicare Supplement plans, which we’ve
but-special journeys to practice and back are provided Farm Bureau members since
gone – ‘Daddy, remember, I can drive myself supplements were first offered, are the
now. You can stay home.’ (Back to that fetal products least affected by the health-care
position again.) overhaul.
And finally, I found myself confronting No, we can’t erase the fear associated with
head-on – and there’s no airbag for this the unknown. But we can remind our members,
collision – one of life’s most challenging fears: those with Medicare Supplement plans today,
fear of the unknown. Would McKayla even get and those who will soon find their way to a
to school safely that morning, not to mention Farm Bureau office to inquire about one, that
all the mornings to come? Dad or Mom won’t we intend to be here for a long time. We hope
be there, either to help avert an accident or it’s a simple but comforting message – kind of
simply to comfort their little girl if one occurs. like a text from daughter to father that says,
But okay, enough, you say. Quit your I got here. Love you. :)

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Farm Bureau almanac
How does the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation work for you? By offering a variety of
programs and services exclusively benefiting you, its members. Learn about even more


Farm Bureau programs at www.tnfarmbureau.org.

Every day across the state of groups, after-school programs, FFA


Tennessee hundreds of youth are camps and many other activities.
involved in two very special “Learning by doing” through The National FFA Organization
agriculture-related programs that have hands-on activities and community prepares members for careers and
made an important difference in their involvement empowers 4-Hers to leadership in the science, business
lives, as well as returning back to the develop and strengthen life skills. and technology of agriculture.
state a group of outstanding citizens Local, state and national activities
To help fund many of its programs,

almanac
that has impacted every community and award programs provide ways
the Tennessee 4-H Club
in every county. Over the years, to apply knowledge and skills
Foundation Inc. was organized in
4-H and FFA have touched through ag education. The blue
1953 as a non-profit 501(c)(3)
millions of lives not only in our and gold jackets are worn proudly
organization whose sole purpose is
rural communities, but also in the by its members as they compete in
to create and sustain positive youth
urban areas of the state by teaching contests as well as get involved in

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development opportunities for
life skills that are never forgotten. helping their communities.
4-H members in Tennessee. The
Foundation accomplishes its They, too, are supported by their
4-H mission with the help of donors state foundation that allows
4-H encourages diverse groups of who make gifts in support of alumni, supporters and businesses
youth to develop their unique skills annual needs and to perpetual to have a positive impact on the
and talents to the fullest potential. endowments. Learn more at success of FFA in our state. To
Young people participate in 4-H http://4hfoundation.tennessee.edu help in the efforts to support FFA,
through clubs, special interest or by calling (865) 974-7436. visit www.tnffa.org/foundation.
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Add Years to Your Life
The biggest killer in Tennessee is the near future. To compound the want to stop by a Stroke Detection
cardiovascular disease; in fact, one problem even more, I love good Plus event to get checked out.
out of four Tennesseans die of food. My mother didn’t raise me on Stroke Detection Plus screens for
stroke or heart attack each year. unseasoned steamed vegetables the likelihood of cardiovascular
Putting that figure into perspective, and white rice. She raised me on disease. Since April 2010, SDP
let’s take a look at the seating fried food cooked in a cast iron has screened more than 8,000
capacity of LP Field, where the skillet. In fact, the mere thought Farm Bureau members across
Tennessee Titans play. The seating of her fried chicken, mashed Tennessee with great success.
capacity of LP Field is around potatoes, gravy, homemade Almost every day a Farm Bureau
69,000 people, which means biscuits, fried okra and sweet member learns that they are on the
about 17,000 people in tea brings a smile to my face. verge of a stroke or a heart attack
attendance at any given game will Now maybe there are a few more because of blockage in their
eventually die of cardiovascular people like me out there who arteries, and in many cases,
disease. haven’t worn out a pair of running no symptoms were present.
It’s common knowledge that a shoes in a while and who might I went through the screenings
good diet and exercise are a good have had a few too many meals myself, and I’m happy to report
start toward avoiding cardiovascular out of the iron skillet. If that’s that I’m in pretty fair shape for
disease, but I can safely say that the case, and maybe you’re a a man my age despite all of the
you are not likely to hear about me bit concerned about your good food I’ve consumed. The
running the Music City Marathon in cardiovascular health, you might screenings are quick, painless, and
noninvasive, and as a bonus, Farm
Bureau members can participate
for only $99, a savings of $27 off
of the normal price offered to the
general public. To find out when
the Stroke Detection Plus team will
be in your area give them a call at
1-877-732-8258. The price is
right, and a few minutes of time
might add years to your life.
 – Bryan Wright

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Travel

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Travel

Life in the
Slow Lane
RuRal Highway 411 opens up charming, peaceful vistas

Story by Ronda Robinson


Photography by antony boshier

W
hat do Dee’s Roadkill Café, critter fearfully peeking out of a boiling If You Go:
the Curl Up and Dye Salon, kettle, Dee’s doesn’t actually have roadkill Dee’s Roadkill Café,
sailplanes and Mennonite on the menu. The fare runs more toward (770) 386-5443
horse-drawn buggies have in homemade biscuits and gravy, country ham,
Lottie’s Diner,
common? They’re some of the charming barbecue, coleslaw and fried pies, along with (423) 338-8513
sites that drivers find when traveling off the house specialty burgers like The Big Nasty –
Miles Family 411
beaten path on U.S. Highway 411, the back a half-pound of black Angus beef with
Restaurant, www.four-
road between Georgia and East Tennessee. cheese, chili, grilled onions and condiments. elevenrestaurant.com
With no major metropolitan areas along the “We do homemade everything,” owner Dee
Chilhowee Gliderport,
way, this country route offers a peaceful, Huskins, wearing a red apron, says cheerily
www.chilhowee.com
fun alternative to interstate travel. one morning, as her husband, Mike, a pastor,
Delano Community Farm
I take 411 every chance I get. The drive is a chats with the regulars in their eatery – site
Market, 283 Needle Eye
vacation in itself, a respite from computers, of the town’s old post office. Lane in Delano
e-mail, deadlines and a sense of busyness Cross over the state line, and just before
Etowah L&N Depot &
and urgency in general. Unlike the interstate, Benton is Lottie’s Diner, home of the cathead
Railroad Museum,
where speed seems the ultimate objective, biscuit. As with Dee’s Roadkill, Lottie’s (423) 263-7840
411 provides a meditative retreat and captures made-from-scratch biscuits don’t contain any
Curl Up & Dye Salon,
my imagination with one-of-a-kind wonders. disconcerting ingredients; the name comes
Ranger, Georgia
from how big and fluffy they are. (706) 334-3313
Rural Road Food The rural highway even lends its name to
Curl Up & Dye Salon,
Soon after picking up 411 after exiting the another eatery up the road in Maryville,
Maryville, Tennessee
interstate north of Atlanta, I enjoy a stretch of Tenn. Miles Family 411 Restaurant serves up (865) 681-8122
road that passes Dee’s Roadkill Café in White, home-cooked meals, including hearty
Ga. Although the logo features a cartoon breakfasts, fried chicken and barbecue.

U.S. Highway 411 in East Tennessee sends drivers past, clockwise from top, scenic pastures outside of
Prospect, Miles Family 411 Restaurant in Maryville and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Dellwood.

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Soaring With the Birds birds use the same type of air we Indian fishing traps of piled stone in
The rural highway ribboning into use. A lot of times on the thermals the water below. Around the bend,
Tennessee features a magical there will be hawks, eagles and Mennonite farmland creates beautiful
countryside of mountains, pastures, black vultures. It’s always a special patchwork designs.
horses, goats, cows, antique shops day when I see a bald eagle from the
and barns painted with “See Rock glider,” she says. Discovering Treasures
City” signs. The beauty, perhaps, is The “ridge lift” when the wind The element of discovery continues
best seen from the air, and that’s strikes the mountain provides an in Delano, where Savannah Oaks
where the Chilhowee Gliderport on upward force to help gliders – and Winery grows muscadines and
411 north of Benton comes in. birds – stay airborne. scuppernong grapes, and sells
Owner/operator Sarah Kelly offers Hovering around 3,000 to 4,000 feet wines, jellies, cheese and gifts.
rides in engineless gliders, also high, gliders also provide a glimpse Further up Delano Road, a mile off
known as sailplanes, near the of the Ocoee and Hiwassee rivers. We 411, Mennonite families run the
Cherokee National Forest. “Soaring pass over what may be old V-shaped Delano Community Farm Market,

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offering locally grown produce from
asparagus to winter squash, as well
as apple butter, honey, sorghum
molasses, canned corn relish,
cantaloupe preserves, cookies,
breads and more.
Thirty families have a total of 470
acres on which they farm. “It’s the
main source of income,” says Joseph
Martin, manager of the market.
“A lot of things are picked every
day fresh,” he adds.
Visitors to the Mennonite market are
encouraged to dress modestly, as a
sign says, “We greatly appreciate your
business. Please respect us by being
properly clothed.” For women, that
means no low necklines or strap tops.
A sense of old-fashioned values
permeates the area, where often I
see Mennonite horse-drawn buggies
clopping down 411.

Whistling Dixie
A few miles north in Etowah, the
L&N Depot & Railroad Museum
celebrates train travel. Located in
a restored 1906 depot listed on the
When you buy from local farmers you: support local economy,
National Register of Historic Places, enjoy a fresh product and keep local agriculture viable!
the museum tells stories of life in a
Southern railroad town. Admission
is free year round.
I’m most familiar with the middle
part of 411, even though the highway
stretches about 340 miles from Leeds,
Ala., to Greeneville, Tenn. Believe it
or not, two hair salons called Curl Up
& Dye are located on this short strip
of Americana: one in Ranger, Ga.,
and one in Maryville, Tenn. The name
alone has lots of style – as does U.S.
Highway 411, with its patchwork of
quaint diners, shops and roadside
attractions. As the saying goes,
it’s all about the journey, not the
destination. A great drive like this
is an end unto itself.

More Highway 411 attractions include,


clockwise from top, Chilhowee Gliderport,
(931) 388-7872 ext. 2763
Lottie’s Diner near Benton and the L&N www.tnfarmfresh.com
Depot & Railroad Museum in Etowah.

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Events & Festivals

Smoky Mountain Orchid Society Show & Sale takes place March 5-6 at West Town Mall in Knoxville.

Tennessee Events & Festivals Smoky Mountain Orchid Society


Show & Sale – March 5-6, Knoxville
See the beauty and variety of the orchids
exhibited by various orchid societies from
This listing includes a selection of events of statewide interest scheduled the southeast. Orchid growers will be
in March, April and May as provided to Tennessee Home & Farm by the present to give tips on growing orchids in
your home and orchid vendors will offer
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
plants for sale. Orchids on exhibit will be
To include your local events in our listing, please contact them at (615) 741-7994 judged by the American Orchid Society.
or jamielynn.thompson@tn.gov. Due to space constraints, we are unable to CONTACT: 865-828-8055,
include all of the events provided, but additional information and events can smokymtnorchidsociety.com
be found online through the department’s website, www.tnvacation.com.
Events are subject to date change or cancellation; please call the contact Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrass
listed before traveling long distances to attend. Festival – March 12, Historic Gem
Theater, Etowah
This festival of bluegrass music is named in

March
Tennessee’s premier horticultural event, the honor of Cousin Jake Tullock, who grew up
Nashville Lawn & Garden Show features in Etowah. After leaving home to make a
more than 20 outstanding live gardens career as a musician he landed a job with
created by professional landscape Flatt and Scruggs, playing bass and telling
designers, a series of 20 free lectures and jokes. After 20 years, Jake retired from the
Titanic’s First Annual Irish 250 exhibit booths of horticultural products, music scene and moved back to Etowah,
Celebration – March 1-31, services, and equipment for show and sale. where he served as a police dispatcher until
his death. Come hear the music that Jake
Pigeon Forge CONTACT: 615-876-7680,
loved played, and bring your instrument
Everybody is Irish in March, and Titanic’s nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com
along. Between sets, pick up bargains at the
the place to be for the wearin’ of the green many antique shops and outlets located in
and high-spirited shenanigans. Come, enjoy Maple Syrup Festival & Exhibit the downtown. CONTACT: 423-263-2228,
the music, song and stories that honor the etowahcoc.org
memory of the Irish men and women who Open House – March 5,
built and sailed history’s most famous ship. Johnson City
CONTACT: 800-381-7670, A family-oriented event showing the process Knoxville Symphony Orchestra –
titanicpigeonforge.com of making syrup from the sap of maple trees March 12, Knoxville
and open house for the new permanent Join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and
exhibit, “O Beautiful Land of the acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this
22nd Annual Lawn and Garden Mountains.” CONTACT: 423-926-3631, tribute to John Denver. Curry, whose voice
Show – March 3-6, Nashville tipton-haynes.org was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me

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Home: The John Denver Story, will be Opry Country Classics – March Africa In April Cultural Awareness
performing with Knoxville Symphony
Orchestra using the original orchestrations
31-May 26 (Thursdays only), Festival – April 14-17, Memphis
written for John Denver by Grammy-award Nashville Celebration featuring education, economics,
The new addition to the Opry’s schedule fashion, arts & crafts, music, and cuisine.
winning composer Lee Holdridge. Jim’s
uncanny ability to mirror John’s voice and will shine a spotlight on the classic country CONTACT: 901-947-2133, africainapril.org
clean-cut look takes you back to the time songs that have defined country music for
generations of fans. Opry Country Classics
when “Rocky Mountain High” “Sunshine” Nashville Film Festival – April
“Calypso” and “Annie’s Song” topped the will share country music’s colorful story
charts, and his popular music had the through a live performance featuring 14-21, Nashville
country favorites performed by legends of With films crossing all genres from drama to
heartfelt message of caring for the earth
the genre as well as talented new artists, a comedy to foreign documentaries, the Festival
and caring for each other. CONTACT:
865-291-3310, knoxvillesymphony.com rousing live band, square dancing, and has something for everyone. CONTACT:
more. CONTACT: 800-SEE-OPRY, opry.com 615-742-2500, nashvillefilmfestival.org

Overmountain Weavers Guild


Vally Fest – April 16-17, Dunlap
Fibers Show and Sale – March 12,
Sycamore Shoals State Historic
Area, Elizabethton
APRIL This festival is the first of what the
committee hopes to be many. The theme is
celebration of our community and its
Some of the best weavers of our region will diversity. There will be food, music, arts,
be demonstrating on a variety of looms & 51st Annual Dogwood Arts Festival crafts and dance from as many of our
spinning wheels, and offering handmade – April 1-30, Knoxville represented cultures as possible, along with
items for sale. CONTACT: 423-543-5808 More than 60 miles of trails feature some of at least two stages for major entertainers as
the most spectacular dogwood trees of all well as roving groups with designated
kinds and colors. CONTACT: 865-637-4561, areas for children activities. CONTACT:
Blooming Arts Festival – March 19,
dogwoodarts.com 423-949-7608, sequatchie.com
Downtown Linden
Developed to honor and promote natural
and cultural art and history of Perry County, Herb and Wildflower Day – April 2,
the art show also features music and food. Townsend 10th Annual Tennessee
CONTACT: 931-589-2736 Naturalist-led walks in Great Smoky Governors One-Shot Turkey
Mountains National Park, illustrated talks Hunt – April 9, Pulaski
Food City 500 – March 20, Bristol about wildflowers and herbs, birds, cooking The annual Jeanette Rudy
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to with herbs, and sales of plants, fresh baked Invitational will again be held in
Bristol action in the Food City 500 for the goods, herbal teas, and pottery. CONTACT: beautiful southern Middle Tennessee
first short track racin’ of the 2011 season. In 854-448-6138 and benefit sportsmen and women
2010, Jimmie Johnson captured his first and the outdoors. The hunt coincides
Bristol win as a dominant Kurt Busch faded with the annual Gobbler’s Gala
23rd Annual Spring Mile-Long Festival on the Square, which is the
in the waning laps of the race. CONTACT:
423-989-6900, bristolmotorspeedway.com Yard Sale – April 9, Watertown location of the official TWRF check-in
Join the City of Watertown as they host their station for the hunt. Throughout the
annual Spring Mile-Long Yard Sale on the day there will be food, crafts, and
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival public square. Don’t miss out on the great activities for everyone to enjoy!
CONTACT: 931-424-4044,
– March 25 –April 1, Nashville bargains and one-of-a-kind items at this
www.tngovernorsoneshot.com
America’s largest festival dedicated to HUGE yard sale! CONTACT: 615-237-1777
songs and songwriters. The festival covers
all genres of music such as country, rock,
folk and more. CONTACT: 800-321-6008,
Rossini Festival Italian
tinpansouth.com Street Fair – April 9, Knoxville
Presented by Knoxville Opera, the Rossini
Festival features opera performances and
Dollywood’s Festival of Nations – stage productions as well as music and
March 26 –May 2, Pigeon Forge dance. Italian and Mediterranean food
Enjoy the most captivating entertainment specialties are offered in addition to fine art,
from around the world during this month crafts, designer goods, and handcrafted
long celebration of music, dance, food and originals. Continuous entertainment takes
art. CONTACT: 800-DOLLYWOOD, place on four stages throughout the
dollywood.com afternoon and evening. Admission is free.
CONTACT: 865-524-0795, knoxvilleopera.com

Mule Day – March 31-April 3,


Columbia Rivers & Spires Festival –
One of the world’s biggest mule April 14-16, Clarksville
celebrations. Events include mule sale, mule This festival includes over 100 entertainers,
pulling, mule shows, pancake breakfast, a kids’ and teen area, exhibits, car shows,
flea market, and parade. CONTACT: food, jazz n’ wine and more. CONTACT:
931-381-9557, muleday.com 931-245-4344, riversandspires.com

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Trenton Teapot Festival – April
National Cornbread 24-30, Trenton
Festival – April 30-May 1, This week long festival kicks-off with a
ceremonial Lighting of the Teapots and
South Pittsburg culminates in the annual Grand Parade.
This festival honors cornbread
Luncheons, block parties, carnivals, tractor
and features cornbread alley, live
pulls, fireworks are also enjoyed by all!
entertainment, juried arts and
National Cornbread Cook-Off. CONTACT: 731-855-2013
CONTACT: 423-837-0022,
nationalcornbread.com
World’s Biggest Fish Fry – April
25-May 1, Paris
Over five tons of catfish on order to serve
thousands of visitors. Includes IPRA rodeo,
parade, catfish races, and more. CONTACT:
731-644-1143, worldsbiggestfishfry.com

Memphis In May International


Festival – April 29 - May 1,
Memphis
Events at this monthlong celebration include
the Beale Street Music Festival,
International Salute to Belgium, World
Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest,
and Sunset Symphony. CONTACT:
901-525-4611, memphisinmay.org

Dumplin’ Days – April 30, Fiddlers


Grove, Lebanon
Come and experience storytelling, fun for
the kids, old time games, corn hole contest,
dumplin’ cook-off, live music, an antique car
exhibit and much more. There’s something
for every member of the family at this free
event. CONTACT: 615-444-5503

Franklin Main Street Festival –


April 30-May 1, Franklin
Free street festival with 220 arts/crafts
booths, four stages, two carnivals and three
food courts. CONTACT: 615-591-8500,
historicfranklin.com

MAY
West Tennessee Strawberry
Festival – May 1-7, Humboldt
In its 74th year, this festival includes
parades, live entertainment, barbecue cook-
off, concerts, fireworks, and more.
CONTACT: 731-784-1842, wtsf.org

Storytelling Live! – May 3-October


29, Jonesborough
Storytellers from across the United States
will share stories and entertain guests.
CONTACT: International Storytelling Center,
800-952-8392, storytellingcenter.net

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Townsend Spring Festival and Old
Elvis Presley Car Show at Graceland – May 27-29, Memphis Timers Day – May 6-7, Townsend
The special three-day event, which will be free to the public, will be filled with a A fun celebration of bluegrass music, arts
festival atmosphere complete with music, food and an impressive display of classic and crafts, BBQ, Appalachian skills and
cars for visitors to see and enjoy. Hundreds of classic automobiles from car clubs the beauty of the Smokies in the
across North America will be on display throughout the 70 acres that surround Elvis springtime. CONTACT: 865-448-6134,
Presley’s Graceland. CONTACT: 800-238-2010, elvis.com smokymountains.org

Winchester’s International
Dogwood Festival – May 6-8,
Winchester
Features two stages of entertainment
featuring the Burning Las Vegas Show,
Arron Tippin and the Road Hammers,
gigantic kidz zone, evening parade, dog
show, Youthfest Battle of the Bands,
cruise in, car show, and more.
CONTACT: 866-967-2532,
winchesterdogwoodfestival.com

Spring on the Mountain Dogwood


Festival – May 7, Monterey
An excursion train arrives from the
Tennessee Central Railway Museum out of
Nashville. Train Rides from Downtown
Monterey to the Crawford Branch and back
will be on sale. Craft and Food vendors and a
car show will line downtown’s Commercial
Serving All of Ave. CONTACT: 931-239-3318, montereytn.com
Middle Tennessee
Blooms Days – May 7-8, UT
Gardens, Knoxville
Unique garden goods, dozens of
workshops, live musical performances,
children’s activities and more make
Blooms Days a great destination for more
than just gardeners. The event will run
Storm Damage Restoration Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and
Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission
Toll-free: (877) 288-9977 is $6 for adults, free for children 12 and
under. CONTACT: 865-974-8265, http://
www.willowworkstn.com
utgardens.tennessee.edu

70th Annual Running Of The


OFFICIAL NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS Iroquois Steeplechase – May 14,
TENNESSEE FARMERS INSURANCE COMPANIES Nashville
This is the nation’s oldest continuously run,
Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Tennessee Farmers weight-for-age steeplechase. Picnicking and
tailgating. CONTACT: 800-619-4802,
Life Insurance Company and Tennessee Farmers Assurance Company iroquoissteeplechase.org
will hold their annual meetings on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee, beginning at
10:00 a.m. (Central Time). Tennessee Polk Salad Festival –
May 14, Riverfront Park, Harriman
The meetings are for policyholders of Tennessee Farmers Mutual Enjoy a day filled with bluegrass music,
antique cars, crafts vendors, Miss Polk
Insurance Company and stockholders of Tennessee Farmers Life Salad Pageant and other contests. And of
Insurance Company and Tennessee Farmers Assurance Company. course plenty of poke salet to taste.
CONTACT: 865-882-8867

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37th Annual Festival of British &
Appalachian Culture – May 14-15,
Rugby
Join us in celebration of our British Isles and
Appalachian Heritage. Music & dancing,

Shannon Cherry

Samuel Hobbs
traditional arts and crafts, artisan
demonstrations and selling their wares.
Storytelling, historic building tours and
delicious food. CONTACT: 888-214-3400,
historicrugby.org

7th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts


Festival – May 14-15, Gatlinburg
This outdoor family event features quality
It’s Time to Enter the
artists from around the country along with
Appalachian music from the area. Free
16th Annual Tennessee
admission. CONTACT: 865-436-7484,
gfaf.net
Farm Bureau Photo Contest
Pull out your camera and start snapping! Submit your best photos in
Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & our annual contest, and you could be named the grand-prize winner.
Bluegrass – May 20-21, Sevierville To enter, fill out the form below and mail your prints to us. Or, visit
The largest event in Sevierville! Tennessee tnhomeandfarm.com to upload your digital photos and enter online.
State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, Winners will be announced in the winter issue of Tennessee Home
FREE bluegrass concerts from rising stars & Farm. First-place winners in each of three categories will be awarded
and bluegrass legends, kids games, great
food and authentic mountain crafts.
$100 cash prizes; the grand-prize winner receives $200. Entries must be
Admission is free. CONTACT: 888-889-7415, postmarked (or submitted online) by Aug. 1.
BloominBBQ.com
Name_ ___________________________________________________
Highway 52 Yard Sale – Address___________________________________________________
May 20-21, Highway 52 from
Portland to Celina City ___________________________ State ________ Zip _________
Starting at Highway 52 from Interstate 65 in
Portland and going all the way to Celina,
Phone ____________________________________________________
this is one huge multi-county yard sale! County of FB Membership __________________________________
CONTACT: 615-666-5585
Category: ❒ Agriculture ❒ Tennessee ❒ The Animal
70th Annual Middle Tennessee Is Life Gardens Kingdom
Strawberry Festival – May 21,
Portland Mail entry to:
Starting May 15 and going all week long,
the festival’s main event on May 21 includes Tennessee Farm Bureau Photo Contest
a parade, strawberry-eating contest, kids’
activities and more. CONTACT: 615-325-9032 P.O. Box 313, Columbia, TN 38402-0313
OFFICIAL RULES: Only original photos or high-quality reprints will be accepted via mailed
entries. Color or black-and-white photos are acceptable in any size. Attach this entry form to the
Sheriff Buford Pusser Memorial back of the photo (copies may be made of entry form if more than one is needed). No digital
Festival – May 25-28, Adamsville, media storage devices will be accepted via the mailed entry option. To submit a digital photo,
This annual festival honors “Walking Tall’s” visit tnhomeandfarm.com and click on the photo contest entry form. Digital files must be high
famous sheriff and features good music, resolution – minimum of 5x7 inches at 300 dpi. To avoid legal entanglements, make sure
food, and family fun. CONTACT: permission has been given for use of photos. Online entrants are automatically entered in a web-
731-632-4080, bufordpussermuseum.com only readers’ choice contest, which has no monetary prize.
We offer three categories: Agriculture Is Life, Tennessee Gardens and The Animal Kingdom.
Only one entry per category per person. Only Tennessee Farm Bureau members and their
immediate family (parents, children, siblings) are eligible to enter. Employees of Tennessee
Granville Heritage Day – May 28, Farm Bureau, Tennessee Farmers Insurance Cos., county Farm Bureaus or their families are
Granville not eligible to win. This is an amateur photo contest. Professional photographers are not
Antique car, tractor and engine show; eligible. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 1, 2011. Photos will not be returned and will
bluegrass festival; civil war re-enactment, become property of Tennessee Farm Bureau and Journal. Images may be used in TFBF
publications with photo credit given. For additional information, call Tennessee Farm Bureau,
storytelling; arts festival; craftsmen
(931) 388-7872, Misty McNeese, ext. 2211. For questions about the online entry form, call
demonstrations; crafts; children’s rides and Jessy Yancey at (800) 333-8842, ext. 217, or e-mail thaf@jnlcom.com.
great food. CONTACT: 931-653-4151,
granvillemuseum.com

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View From the Back Porch

Metamorphosis
Without change, there would be no butterflies

I
About the Author am not always thankful for change. I’ve into another shape entirely. What is so
Lori Boyd is a grown up with her my entire life and you’d admirable about metamorphosis is that some
freelance writer and think by now we’d be friends, but honestly, species of butterfly only live a few days after
enjoys working part time she gets on my nerves. Growing up in the Air emerging from the chrysalis. Others undertake a
as a registered nurse at Force, I learned the art of adaptation early on: long migration to warmer climates and live six
Middle Tennessee the ability to blend into new surroundings, to eight more months before starting a new life
Medical Center. Lori
relate to different people and assume life in cycle. Whether the butterfly will enjoy being a
loved growing up in the
Air Force but is happy to various cultures. Still, although she’s not a butterfly for two days or whether it will flutter
now consider Tennessee stranger, I wish change would check in with happily through a couple of seasons, it accepts
her official home. She me first before she decides to drop by. change for who she is regardless of her timing.
lives in Murfreesboro Now that I’m settled into life with my husband I think of my grandmother, who chose to fight
with her husband, Sam, and children I feel comfortable with my new lymphoma at the age of 85. Change brought
three children, ages 8, friend, routine, and I find I don’t really have the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but it
6 and 4, and Murray, the
energy or interest in spending time with also gave my children the chance to build
family’s “change-a-
phobic” golden retriever. change at all anymore. Then I remember that memories with one of the most beautiful women I
although her timing for me is not always the have ever known. I am thankful that she, like the
best, change is the one who brings me the most butterfly outside my window, embraced change.
wonderful gifts. Meanwhile, as if reinforcing this While having an unpredictable friend like
very fact, I notice a butterfly outside my window change can be a challenge, imagine what could
and remember something I recently read: be missed if you only spend time with routine.
“Without change there would be no butterflies.” When change comes calling today, tomorrow,
I could learn from the butterfly’s relationship or years down the road, remember that she has
with change. Maya Angelou once said, “We a great deal to offer, not only for you, but for
delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely the others she will affect through you. I am
admit the changes it has gone through to achieve sure life is better for the caterpillar as a
that beauty.” How true! A butterfly is in the colorful winged work of art, and I can tell
fourth and final stage of its life. Throughout the you I feel happier myself just having
previous egg, larva and pupa stages, change has seen one.
been the butterfly’s only constant. I think the
larva stage would be the most enjoyable and
also the most likely pitfall for complacency. Life
there is about staying full and happy and
getting new clothes every now and then, or what
would be considered “molting” by the caterpillar.
This is where, if change were to come
knocking, as the caterpillar I
might want to throw my voice
from the underside of the
leaf and say, “Sorry, no
one is home right now!”
But the caterpillar rather
welcomes change and begins
the arduous process of cellular
breakdown. This is not merely an express
facial; it is the mind-boggling transformation

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