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Country Extra

Country Extra September 2018

See more of America's countryside with every issue of Country EXTRA!  Country EXTRA is delivered in between your issues of Country.  Celebrate the people, places and stories that make country life so special. Discover America through first-hand reader visits with country folks, full-color photos, reviews of country inns, country-fresh recipes and time-saving tips and shortcuts.

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1 min.
hammocks and fizz

ON A WARM SEPTEMBER evening, there’s nothing better than relaxing in the hammock on the deck as my children race around the yard, soaking up the last carefree, breezy days of summer. We’ve preserved (or eaten) the garden’s bounty and we’re all due for a bit of R&R before school starts and the leaves begin to fall (and raking is added to outdoor chores). This issue beautifully captures that transition from summer to fall. Kids pose for adorable back-to-school photos (page 13), reader April Chernoby and her family sail down the Erie Canal (page 14) and apples are ripe for the picking (page 62). Greens slowly give way to golds (page 26) and readers welcome the first signs of fall (page 52). And, if you’re thinking ahead to leaf peeping, check…

1 min.
field editor

Gerald calls himself a “jack of all trades, master of most.” He enlisted in the Army at 17 and later became an ordained pastor. He’s been a volunteer chaplain of the Hospice House in Youngstown, Ohio, a radio announcer, a clock repairman, a finishing foreman and a farmhand in his younger years. What does he love most about country life? “Elbow room,” he says. “Like an old Alaskan grizzly who needs square miles to call his own.” Read Gerald’s story on page 41. Become a Country Field Editor! Apply at country-magazine.com/fieldeditors…

2 min.
dear country…

“After reading Sharon Selz’s article about the seed lending library in the March issue (‘Check Out These Seeds,’ page 58), Ruth DeRosa (right), office manager at the Hutchinson County Library in Borger, Texas, jumped at the chance to create seed-lending posts at all three of the county library branches. “Each now has a collection of various kinds of seeds, empty donation packets and a resource book of gardening tips for the Texas Panhandle. To help kick off the event, a local store donated potted plants and flowers to give away. The seed program hopes to be a blessing to those in Hutchinson County who love gardening.” Lori Sheldon Borger, Texas IT WAS MY pleasure to see the record of art director Scott Schiller’s journey to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the March issue (“Magic City…

1 min.
chance of a lifetime

It is not every day that a person gets the opportunity to see and set foot on a supervolcano, especially when you live on the East Coast. On Sept. 4, 2010, my wife and I toured Yellowstone National Park and arrived at the area called the Mud Volcano. Gas steaming from the vent reeked of rotten eggs, but the area had a beauty of its own. I like this image because it takes the viewer on a journey from the boardwalk in the foreground to the main point of interest, Dragon’s Mouth Spring. It’s a reminder that our land is constantly changing and that Mother Nature never fails to surprise us.…

1 min.
kernels of memory

POP IT IN A PAN or in the microwave. Dig in to a big bowl of it with buttery, salty hands. Any way you have it, popcorn is a pure American pleasure. I grew up in a small town in Iowa, a state that once was No. 1 for popcorn production. And did we love our popcorn! We devoured it as a snack or sometimes as a casual supper at 6 (dinner, our main meal, was at noon in those days). If any popcorn was left from the night before, Mom served it in the morning as cereal, in a bowl with milk and sugar. We even had a special supply. Mom liked to go to a certain farm at harvesttime and pick up ears left on the ground after the mechanical…

1 min.
a jar for every season

There’s no limit to what you can do with jars. They are versatile, fun and easy to use. In my home, jars can be found in every room. Not only do they keep essential items conveniently close at hand, those with tinted glass add color to a shelf or window. I collect clear jars in unusual shapes and sizes. They are intriguing and practical, and I can’t resist packing them with possibilities and memories. My jars hold cotton balls, Q-tips, soaps, bath oils, kitchen utensils, spices, nuts and cookies. On the farm, jars make growing seasons endless. Inside them I capture the sweetness of summer peaches and apricots, then fall apples, pears and other favorite fruits and vegetables. This country icon is more than just a durable container. I fill jars with bits…