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Fall 2018: “Rural By Choice” Sneak Peek!

Posted on September 13th, by admin in Businesses, Magazine, Outdoors. No Comments

Rural By Choice
Schenker Family Farms and McCune Farm to Market invest in SEK – while serving customers around the world

It was 2008. Cherie Schenker logged on to Craigslist, a relatively new website at the time, to advertise a quarter of Schenker Family Farms’ grass-fed beef to local consumers.

It didn’t work.

“Somehow, it ended up going on the Craigslist in Orange County, California,” she says with a laugh. “But then – someone called.”

And someone else called. Then someone else. Quickly, Cherie and her husband, Kevin, realized: There’s a huge market for this.

“We needed a website and we needed to figure out how to ship this stuff,” Cherie says. “Necessity is the mother of invention … and we just kind of got propelled into it from there.”

Where they’ve landed 10 years later is one of the largest direct-marketing livestock operations in the state … Read More »


Summer 2018: ‘Welcome to The Lavender Patch’ Sneak Peek!

Posted on June 19th, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors, People, Places. No Comments

Welcome to The Lavender Patch
Fort Scott family farm features 1,000+ lavender plants

When you enter Davin and Betsy Reichard’s home, you can’t miss it: that familiar, unmistakable scent of lavender.

It’s inevitable. The Reichards are surrounded by lavender, from the hundreds of lavender plants that are blooming just outside their front door to the dozens of homemade lavender products they make in their home each week.

That’s just everyday life (“I don’t even smell it anymore,” Betsy says) as the Reichards run The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott. Their small family operation centers on just over 1,000 lavender plants, plus a gift shop filled with Betsy’s lavender creations…

Want to keep reading about The Lavender Patch Farm? Check out the summer issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story in its entirety, plus so much more. Subscribe now, or contact us to find a newsstand … Read More »


Summer 2018: ‘Summit Hill Gardens’ Sneak Peek!

Posted on June 19th, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors, People, Places. No Comments

Fall in Love at Summit Hill Gardens

There’s just something about Summit Hill. It captivated Patsy Smeed from the very beginning.

She moved there – one acre of land south of Chanute, the site of an old one-room schoolhouse – more than 40 years ago with her late husband Larry, an artist and professor. All these years later, she still hasn’t left.

“I just fell in love with Summit Hill,” she says. “It’s been a lot of great therapy for me.”

Since her arrival, Patsy has slowly expanded her land from one acre to 65 acres. The sprawling property is much more than her home or the location of a historic schoolhouse: It’s also the site of her business, Summit Hill Gardens, which offers a soap shop (all products Patsy makes herself) and wedding venue/event center in partnership with her sister-in-law Gretchen Brant.

No matter … Read More »


Get the 2018 Adventures & Day Trips issue now!

Posted on June 19th, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

 

Every other year, we publish this special tourism issue to give Southeast Kansas readers ideas for places to go and things to do right in their own backyard — and this one is our best yet, packed with more than 150 ideas!

Southeast Kansas Living subscribers received the 68-page Adventures & Day Trips issue for free as part of their subscription. Looking for your own copy? Contact us to purchase a copy and have it shipped directly to you.

Southeast Kansas provides endless opportunities for discovery and fun. We hope you’ll use the Adventures & Day Trips issue as a guide to get out and explore this beautiful, historic corner of Kansas!


Fall 2017: “Hidden Gem” Sneak Peek!

Posted on September 11th, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors. No Comments

Hidden Gem
Mined Land Wildlife Area boasts premier hunting and fishing – and unique history

You’ve never experienced a Kansas wildlife area quite like this one.

Spread over 47 different tracts of land, the Mined Land Wildlife Area encompasses nearly 15,000 acres throughout Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties. But it’s the area’s history that makes it extraordinary: Once wrecked by coal mining, the land is now home to perhaps the most unique wildlife area in the state, having been transformed to offer some of the state’s finest hunting and fishing.

“What was at one time environmental devastation has, with some reclamation, turned into a dense growth of vegetation, along with these strip mine lakes that cover up to 1,500 acres in the area,” says David Jenkins, wildlife manager for the Mined Land Wildlife Area. “There’s nothing else quite like it in the state of … Read More »


Spring 2017: “Thriving” Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 6th, by admin in Magazine, Organizations, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

Thriving
Thrive Allen County makes big strides for Southeast Kansas

You don’t have to search hard to see the impact Thrive Allen County has had in Iola.

There’s the new Allen County Regional Hospital, the soon-to-be-constructed grocery store in the heart of town, the bike sharrows painted in the streets. There’s the 7-plus-mile trail system on the south edge of the city, the Happy Tails Dog Park, and even the less-visible projects – like a pilot program to help public housing residents quit using tobacco to comply with new federal requirements.

Thrive Allen County either initiated or had a hand in every one of those projects – and they’re really just the tip of the iceberg…

Want to keep reading about Thrive Allen County? Check out the spring issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story in its entirety, plus so much … Read More »


Spring 2016: “Outdoor Oasis” Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 3rd, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors. No Comments

Outdoor Oasis
Hunt, fish, explore, or kick back and relax at Timber Hills Lake Ranch

When you cross the gate into the ranch with one of the largest hunting preserves in the state of Kansas, it’s like entering another world.

A world where trophy elk and deer roam free. Where Civil War-era structures still stand. Where the views will take your breath away.

“We are the only place in Kansas that offers what we offer,” Aaron Gibson says. “There’s nowhere else like us.”

He’s talking about Timber Hills Lake Ranch in Mapleton, located around 20 miles northwest of Fort Scott and currently in its ninth year in operation. One of more than 100 hunting lodges in the state – including several premier locations in Southeast Kansas – Timber Hills sets itself apart from the pack, Gibson says, by offering adventure alongside its first-class hunting and … Read More »


Fall 2015: “Cross Timbers” sneak peek!

Posted on September 9th, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

Cross Timbers
It’s the perfect time of year to discover this state park and its ancient forest

According to park manager Kim Jones, if you’re looking for fall foliage in Southeast Kansas, Cross Timbers State Park near Toronto “is the place to be.”

Of course, Cross Timbers is the place to be for a lot of reasons. Not only does it impress with its natural beauty, but the park is also home to popular hunting and fishing, free water recreation, cozy cabin accommodations, and, get this: an ancient forest of post and blackjack oaks, its trees dating from as far back as 1727.

According to the University of Arkansas, the Cross Timbers region “may be the least disturbed forest ecosystem that survives in the eastern United States.”

“There’s just a little finger of the Cross Timbers here in Kansas, and I think we resemble the … Read More »


Summer 2015: “Little Ozarks” sneak peek!

Posted on June 22nd, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

Little Ozarks
Galena’s Schermerhorn Park stands out in Southeast Kansas

Of the 11 designated geologic areas in Kansas, the Ozark Plateau is the smallest.

But don’t let size fool you.

Nestled in the extreme corner of Southeast Kansas, the impressive 55-square-mile region is one of the most biologically and geographically diverse in the state, housing landscapes and wildlife not found anywhere else in Kansas. And there’s no better proof of that distinctiveness than in Galena’s historic Schermerhorn Park…

Want to keep reading about the Little Ozarks and Schermerhorn Park? Check out the summer issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story in its entirety, plus so much more. Subscribe now, or contact us to find a newsstand near you.


Summer 2015: “Kalida-Scope” sneak peek!

Posted on June 22nd, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

Kalida-Scope
Hidden ‘castle’ keeps ghost town’s colorful history alive

You might expect an old 1800s community, one with a history of just five short years, to be relegated to not much more than a fable – nothing to prove its existence other than memories and a few stories passed down through the generations.

But Kalida? This short-lived yet historic Woodson County ghost town has much more to show for itself. In fact, if you travel along the small dirt roads just outside of county seat Yates Center, you might happen upon the impressive remains of Kalida yourself – including the town’s very own 120-year-old castle…

Want to keep reading about Kalida and its castle? Check out the summer issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story in its entirety, plus so much more. Subscribe now, or contact us to find a … Read More »