Rising early on a Saturday morning during a weekend getaway to Hermann may not be your first choice of things to do, but it might be worth it to pick up some fresh-baked cinnamon rolls at the local Farmers Market. Held each week at the Hofgarten, at First and Gutenberg, on both Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, this market offers a little bit of this and that…
This Saturday morning the offerings included homemade blueberry bagels, a variety of breads, fresh and dried chili peppers ~ jalapeno, serrano, and even habanero ~ pie pumpkins, fresh chickens ready to roast for Sunday dinner, and a beautiful display of zinnias in a rainbow of colors from the Windy Hill Cut Flower Farm. Our neighbor, Margie, was there with her jars of honey from her own Triple Creek Farm. Margie, a photographer/beekeeper, lends an artistic flair to her products, using some unique glass vessels to store the honey – like high-end accessories found in a gourmet kitchen.
Personally, I have absolutely no tendency to grow anything, so I truly admire folks who do. Growing up south of Hermann, my parents grew just about anything under the sun ~ and in central Missouri, you can grow a lot. From potatoes to tomatoes, okra to asparagus, concord grapes to gooseberries, they grew it. Having been children during the Depression, I think growing your own food supply provided a sense of security for them. Needless to say, during the summer months there was always something to pick or can or freeze or pickle or juice or preserve ~ and I disliked every moment of it! I looked forward to the day when I was grown up, had a job, and could go to the grocery store and buy what I wanted. And my sentiment hasn’t changed. So, thank you to all of you who toil in your own gardens, pack up your produce on an early Saturday morning and take it to the farmers markets, so I can enjoy a taste of summer without going through all that effort!
Just a note ~ during the summer months, following the Farmers’ Market, there is live music each Saturday afternoon at the Hofgarten. For more information, go to the Hermann Farm site: http://www.hermannfarm.com/Events/UpcomingEvents/default.asp