Brush Arbor Programming

Schedule of programming under the Brush Arbor

Located on the Civic Center circle drive

Brush Arbor Programs – Friday

Foraging the Ozarks – Bo Brown – 11AM Friday, June 7

Foraging author/instructor Bo Brown will talk about the rising popularity of gathering and preparing wild food into exciting high cuisine recipes, and the health benefits of getting these nutrient-dense, vitamin-rich plants & fungi into our diets. There will be a Q&A afterwards, and Bo will be signing copies of his two Falcon Guides books, Foraging the Ozarks and Foraging Central Grasslands.

Seed Saving – AnnaMarie Graham, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Seed Production Team – Noon Friday

Has been with Baker Creek for nearly 7 years. The seed production team is responsible for maintaining crop cultivation data from national and international seed producers, as well as in-house crops each

Dutch Oven Cooking Class –

Larry Quinalty – 1-5PM Friday, June 7

Sign up at the information booth in lobby of the civic center – no charge for the class. Supplies will be furnished for the first 14 who sign up. Participants are expected to attend the entire session. Non-participants are welcome to watch and learn.

Dutch oven cooking expert Dr. Larry Quinalty will instruct on seven different recipes – start to finish – and will also have four of his books for sale.

Also known as Dr. Q., Quinalty is a retired public-school educator who now teaches college-level English at the Crowder College – Cassville Campus, Drury University – Monett Campus, and does seasonal work for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at Roaring River State Park. He says he got his start in writing cookbooks by accident.

Before he began writing Gourmet Dutch Oven Cooking, Quinalty was already a popular Dutch oven cooking demonstrator. One year, he was asked to demonstrate his techniques at a Rotary Club meeting. Quinalty decided to show them how to make a bread pudding, which he then served to the club members. “They ate the pudding and asked me where my cookbook was,” Quinalty said. “I told them I didn’t have one, and they told me I needed to write one.”

He has been to all seven continents, and it is during these travels that he gets the inspiration for his recipes. “The majority of my recipes are from traveling and tasting food in other countries and duplicating them in a Dutch oven,” he said.

Dr. Quinalty will also be demonstrating dutch oven cooking throughout the day on Saturday in the East Lawn encampment.

Brush Arbor Programs – Saturday, June 8

Herbs & Elderberries – Katie Estill and Betty Queen – 10AM Saturday

Much of what you need to know about herbs and elderberries from some experienced presenters.

Terrific Tomatoes – Leslie Collins – 11-11:30 Saturday

Curated tomato tips for the home gardener

Compost Happens – Wendy Ziegler – 11:30-12:30 Saturday

Local garden enthusiast, who is passionate about building soil and using techniques to make gardening easier. Lazy Gardening!

Pie Competition Sampling – 12:30-1:30 Saturday

All the pies from the best pie competition will be sampled at the Brush Arbor, and prizes awarded. Come grab your piece of the best pies in town!

Beekeeping- Jason Whittingham, Emerald Honey – 1:30-2:30 Saturday

Jason Whittingham, a West Plains, Missouri native, and his wife Jackie founded Emerald Honey with the goal of providing Americans with the finest quality American honey and honey products with no additives. They are passionate about supporting the dedicated beekeepers who tend to these miraculous pollinators, recognizing them as unsung heroes and guardians of nature’s delicate balance. 

 Emerald Honey is dedicated to offering honey that is 100% homegrown within the United States, in contrast to the majority of honey consumed in the US, which is imported. They carefully select honey from the best beekeepers in the country, focusing on taste, smell, appearance, and pairing with foods and drinks. As beekeepers themselves, they also offer seasonal honey from their own apiary. With a commitment to quality and supporting American beekeepers, Emerald Honey provides customers with a superior honey experience.

Making and Using Lard – Jason Hickey, Secret Springs Farm – 2:30-3:30 Saturday

Jason will demonstrate making lard and discuss uses for this must-have farm ingredient.

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