Ah, where to start. This is definitely my favourite farm in the state, and one of the best places to hang out and talk good food. But then again I am biased because I work with the Fahrmeiers regularly as part of my job.
Fahrmeier Farms is located near Lexington, Missouri, just north of the Odessa outlet mall exit. This is a small, family-owned farm that has gone through three generations of Fahrmeiers. What started out as a traditional row crop and livestock farm has been transformed into what is probably one of the biggest family-owned fruit and vegetable farms in the state. The farm has also diversified to include vineyards and a winery. (Are you getting why I like to hang out here?)
Bret and Brandon Fahrmeier (or as I like to call them, Farmer Bret and Farmer Brandon) are both Mizzou grads and run the farm with the help of their parents, Ron and Joan, their wives, Mary and Lorin who also have off-farm jobs, and Grandma. (I really do call Grandma Grandma. What else could I call her?)
I work with the Fahrmeiers because they provide almost all of the locally grown fruits and vegetables for the kindergarten farm to school program I coordinate in the Kansas City area. We also take the kindergarten kids who are part of our program to visit the farm in the fall and the spring.
Farm to school is just a small part of what the Fahrmeiers are involved in. They provide all the locally grown produce to the Cosentino’s Price Choppers in the Kansas City area. In addition, this fall the Fahrmeiers will be working with Opaa! Food Management to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables to all of the schools whose food service is run by Opaa! on the western side of the state.
These are ambitious people. You can find them at most of the farmer’s markets around Kansas City, plus Lexington. They started a CSA this year. They’re installing solar panels on the back of the winery, which is a restored old livestock barn from their previous farm life.
And speaking of the winery, did I mention the wine? Their local Missouri wine produced from their very own grapes? And the raspberry wine? And that they play all the Mizzou football games on their big screen in the winery? The winery can also be rented out for events.
If you’re around the area, definitely stop by their roadside market just a mile or two east of the farm on Highway 24. Their produce is amazing. I try to stock up every time I visit.
Their big event is coming up this Saturday: their Tomato Day tomato festival. I can’t make it to the festival, but know it’s going to be a great time with great food.