Tasteful Selections for all in Missouri Wine Country at the Hermann Farm Farmer’s Market and Rhythm and Brews Festival

Missouri wine countryWhether you prefer the wholesome goodness of farm-fresh produce, delight in the artful craft of glass designs, or wish to savor an award-winning wine selection, it can be found at the time-honored Hermann Farm Farmer’s Market in Hermann, MO. Local residents and guests alike of our Missouri Wine Country enjoy a full morning of pursuing sample delicacies and garden-grown vegetables every Saturday morning through the summer months at Hermann’s centrally-located Hofgarten at First and Gutenberg Streets.

One such participating vendor, David Gray of Greyson Organics (, a certified Organic Grower, showcased his Missouri-grown vegetables and herbs at the Farmer’s Market. From a variety of carrots, lettuce, and tomatoes to herbal selections, this producer has it all. Gray said that it’s quite a lengthy process to be considered a Certified Organic Provider, but feels the benefits and taste are well worth it.Missouri wine country

“I have owned this farm in Missouri since the mid 90’s,” said Gray, “and decided to take over the farming operations a couple years ago and pursued certification as organic growers.” Gray added that last year his operation decided to construct a high tunnel (greenhouse) and added a line of fresh organic produce crops. This year is Greyson Organics’ premier debut to the produce business and happy to be a part of the Hermann Farm Farmer’s Market in Hermann.

Missouri wine countryThe day’s events continued on Saturday, June 16 ,with the 2012 Rhythm and Brews Festival. Approximately 20 micro-brewery companies were in attendance to showcase over seventy of the finest ales, lagers, and cidars to a crowd of beer connoisseurs at Hermann’s Hofgarten. Whether you enjoy the taste of a light, unfiltered wheat beer, pale ale, or a dry Irish stout beer, you could find it at the annual 2012 Rhythm and Brew’s Festival. Guests were entertained by the sounds of Augusta Bottoms Consort. German-oriented fare, music, and samples of homemade brew were on tap for all to enjoy!

Here’s a recipe to enjoy with the farm-fresh vegetables you will find at the next Hermann Farm Farmer’s Market…( sent in from Grace R., St. Louis, MO ):

Candied Carrots :

1 pound carrots
3 TBSP butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
¼ cup water
Juice from ½ medium orange
1 tsp. orange zest
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Steam or boil 1 pound carrots until tender crisp. Immerse carrots in ice water to halt cooking process. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and water. Stir frequently until water is reduced and mixture begins to thicken. Reduce heat to medium low. Stir in juice, zest and cayenne. Add carrots, stir to coat carrots and heat through. Enjoy!

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