Rural Missouri - July 2012 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart A peach of a place Bader Farms offers quality peaches by the bag or bushel 5 10 Quilting for a cause Eastern Missouri group provides quilts of comfort to soldiers 8 12 Outdoors Blind faith 16 Out of the Way Eats Papouli’s 24 Hearth and Home A reason to eat well outdoors 26 News Briefs News you can use 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 34 Marketplace Classified ads 36 Neighbors The power of healing art 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 14 Corralling the faithful A come-as-you-are approach gives cowboy churches appeal 18 Platte City’s jewel Restored mansion is a step back in time and open for tours 10 20 Reeling in the competition High school anglers get a chance to catch the big one 28 Rita & Little Ollie Great memories connect Rita Diekroeger and her saddlebred buddy, Ollie by Golly 20 About our cover M issouri’s summer has started off hot and dry. All across the state, farmer’s fields and residential lawns and gardens are showing the effects of little rain. However, there’s one landscape where the flowers are in bloom and providing a show worth a trip. Prior to European settlement, tallgrass prairies covered 15 million acres, or more than one-third of Missouri. Today, less than 1 percent remains, making the habitat more rare than tropical rainforests. However, remnants of these seas of swaying grass can be found across north and southwest Missouri. Hundreds of wildflowers and other plants call the prairie home. What’s blooming will vary by location and when you visit. While you may find the prairie’s most iconic flower — the pale purple coneflower, seen on this month’s cover — here and there, July is a time for plants such as blazing star, compass plant, milkweed, royal catchfly, ashy sunflowers, rosin weed, prairie dock and asters. The prairie is also a terrific venue for birdwatchers. You’ll likely find multiple species of kingbirds, flycatchers and sparrows, along with quail, meadowlarks, dickcissels and birds of prey including hawks and owls. You might even be fortunate enough to spy the state endangered greater prairie chicken, seen at left. Carol Davit with the Missouri Prairie Foundation recommends the following sites for prairie outings this month: Prairie State Park in Barton County, Helton Natural Area in Harrison County, Diamond Grove Prairie in Newton County, Schwartz Prairie in St. Clair County and Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie in Cedar and St. Clair counties. Visit to download a list of the state’s public prairies and begin planning your tallgrass outing. Or, call 888-843-6739 for details. Cover and photo at left by Jason Jenkins To order prints of these photos, see page 35. JULY 2012 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - July 2012

Rural Missouri - July 2012
A peach of a place
Quilting for a cause
Corralling the faithful
Out of the Way Eats
Platte City’s jewel
Reeling in the competition
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Rita & Little Ollie
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - July 2012