Enjoying Homemade Pie On The Pie Trail

Central Montana’s Pie a la Road has taken me to local restaurants I didn’t know existed. My latest pie sampling though was at Brooks Market and Deli on Lewistown’s Main Street and I had been there several times…I just hadn’t tried the pie. That was about to change. Three of us met for lunch on one of those beautiful spring days you wish you could experience every day. We walked in to Brooks Market and the first thing … Read more

Shonkin’s Country Christmas Worth The Drive

I’m not sure if I should even refer to Shonkin, Montana as a town. It’s primarily a community center building and an elevator but believe me, it was a hopping place this weekend. Located in Chouteau County, Shonkin was one of the towns that participated in the county-wide Christmas celebration. It requires a bit of gravel road driving to get to Shonkin but the drive provides some varied and beautiful scenery. Well worth it. I … Read more

Red Ants Pants Music Festival – What An Event!

You can call it a music festival (and it is) but it is so much more! It’s a celebration of rural life, of family, of small and big towns, all happening in the middle of a pasture just outside of White Sulphur Springs. The town of White Sulphur Springs has almost a thousand people living there but attendance at Red Ants Pants Music Festival tops 16,000. Just a few good folks over for a visit! … Read more

Lewistown Sponsors Montana’s Longest Table

When I first heard about the event called Montana’s Longest Table I couldn’t quite visualize how they would structure it, but I knew I wanted to attend. What is it? Two city blocks in Lewistown were closed off and long tables were placed down the middle of the streets. Area restaurants were contacted and eleven of them agreed to each make 200 samples (200 tickets were sold). The best part…they needed to use a product … Read more

Montana Winter Fair Hosts Unique Events

Lewistown’s Montana Winter Fair definitely qualifies for having unique events. My favorite yodeler is Wylie Gustafson of Yahoo fame and he and his band, The Wild West, were performing an evening concert to kick off the Montana Winter Fair weekend. That was enough to get me to pack my bags and drive to Lewistown. The concert was held in the Grand Hall of the Eagles on Main Street. Thank goodness I had a ticket because … Read more

Ancient Grain Called Kamut Grown Locally

When you say “Kamut” to people they get a quizzical look about them and then I start to explain…this is an amazing ancient grain, never hybridized or genetically modified. And, it’s grown organically in the Big Sandy area in Central Montana. I’m a big fan of whole grains and this brand of wheat is higher in protein than most wheat on the market today. It also has magnesium, zinc and selenium plus more amino acids, lipids and … Read more

Choteau’s Old Time Threshing Bee

A threshing bee has been on my radar for several years and I finally went to one. The Teton Antique Steam and Gas Threshing Association has been in existence since 1984 and they do an annual threshing bee each September in Choteau, Montana. I decided to go early – and believe me – this event opens at 7am so I left Great Falls for the 52 mile drive a little after 6am. Ugh! The best … Read more

Building A Cre-HAY-tion for Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay

I will admit – I love everything about this event! It’s fun to do a haybale entry for the Montana Bale Trail, it’s fun to see what other people create and it’s fun to take in the craft fair, good food and scenery. Each year I start thinking a few months ahead of the event to come up with an idea. The idea I had for this year was good, however, I couldn’t quite plot … Read more

A Day in the Life of Deep Canyon Guest Ranch

After spending some time at Deep Canyon Guest Ranch west of Choteau, Montana I sat down and thought about the visit. The one thing that kept popping in my mind was that I seemed totally relaxed. I realize that happens on many vacations because we don’t have to be thinking ahead to schedules, grocery lists, laundry etc. This was different though. First of all I became aware of the lack of noise or, what Chuck … Read more

First Crop ID Signs Put Up For Crop InFARMation

Let’s just say this project has been a long time dream. Each time a visitor would be traveling with me on roads with crops I’d get asked what was growing in the field. If it was spring and I could see lots of green shoots I’d guess it was winter wheat. If it was blooming yellow I assumed it was either mustard or canola. Fast forward a month or two into the season and I … Read more