Cuttings from Missouri grape vines helped restore the French wine industry after they fell desolate as Mildew and then Phylloxera spread throughout the country. Winemaking wouldn't hit its stride in Lafayette County until the late 1990's. But today Lafayette County now has five wineries, more than any other single county in the state and are considered among the best produced anywhere in the United States.
The rolling hills and fertile loess soils of Lafayette County offer not only a stunning rural landscape, but have produced Missouri’s oldest and largest apple- and peach-growing region.
Around Lexington and throughout Lafayette County, there are ample opportunities to explore the countryside, buy the best of fresh apples, peaches and farm products in season and get in touch with rural life. The Santa Fe Trail Growers Association plays an integral role with the area's diverse attractions.
The members of the Santa Fe Trail Growers Association are located on or a few miles off historic 24 Highway in Lafayette County. These family-run businesses offer the bounty of the county’s produce in season, plus baked goods, jams and Christmas Trees.
The Santa Fe Trail Growers Association includes:
9364 Mitchell Trail ● 816-289-2496
Three miles west of Lexington off Highway 24
Roadside Stand -- Two miles west of Lexington on Hwy 24
Open Mid-June through Halloween.
Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 1-6, Sat 10-6, Sun 1-6. Homegrown asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, peaches, raspberries, melons, apples, pumpkins, local honey, Amish products and in season produce. Fahrmeier Family Vineyards at the Farms.
3 Miles West of Lexington off 24 Hwy ● 660-232-1713
Open Mid-June - Mid September
7 Days/Week 8:00 - 6:00
Homegrown Peaches, Sweet Corn and Produce
8 Miles East of Lexington on 24 Hwy ● 660-259-4228/660-259-2938
Open mid-July through mid-November. Mon-Sat 8 am - 5:30 pm. Sun 10am -5pm Homegrown apples and peaches, squash, pumpkins, apple butter, honey & more
LAFAYETTE FARMERS MARKET
• Higginsville--Public Parking Lot behind Post Office ● Tuesdays 4-6 pm, Mid-April –mid-October.
• Lexington--Bank Midwest Parking Lot ● Wednesdays 4-30 - 6 pm May-Sept
• Concordia--Downtown Park
Fresh fruits and vegetables in season, baked goods, jams and jellies, bedding plants
HILLTOP FARM & GREENHOUSE
22552 Hwy 24, Dover MO ● 660-259-2410
Visit our brand new Garden Center just east of Dover. 125 kinds of bedding and vegetable plants, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, roses, trees, shrubs, landscaping supplies. "Where great garden paths begin."
2 Miles West of Waverly on Hwy 24 ● 660-493-2477
Open daily Mid-June-October. Homegrown peaches, apples, homemade breads, fruit pies, salsas & more!
1-1/2 Miles East of Waverly on Hwy 65 ● 660-493-2368
Open Mid-July - Thanksgiving. Homegrown peaches, apples, homemade jams, fruit butters, locally grown farm produce, pecans, nuts honey, sorghum, fruit baskets. Fall school and bus tours by appointment.
FIVE OAKS FARM CHRISTMAS TREES
2 Miles from Higginsville on 13 Hwy ● 660-584-7375
Open weekends beginning Friday after Thanksgiving. Choose and cut Christmas Trees. Heated warming hut and hot cider.
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