Pumpkins and Mums

The Mr and I had a goal of cleaning out our basement storage area this weekend so of course we tried to think of as many things as possible to do in an effort to prolong the start of that fun task.  I did manage to drag out my bins of fall decor and looked through them but I just did not have the motivation I needed to start decorating.  At a minimum I wanted to purchase some pumpkins and mums thinking that would inspire me. As I was contemplating our shopping destinations I remembered the Fahrmeier Farm produce stand that we visited a couple of years ago.  A road trip on this beautiful fall day was just what I needed.

Pumpkins-Farhmeier Farmsa

Fahrmeier Farms is located about 45 minutes east of Kansas City in Lexington, Missouri where my parents grew up and where I spent several weekends and summers when I was young.  Fahrmeier Farms is a family run farm started almost 70 years ago and currently operated by three generations of the family.  Although they do provide produce to farmers markets and deliver weekly CSA shares  in the Kansas City area, they also host many regular events at the farm as well as run a produce stand.  When we visited two years ago we stopped in for some wine tastings at the vineyard.  I wrote about that visit here.  Today was all about the mums and pumpkins.

One thing I LOVE about Fahrmeier Farms is their heirloom pumpkins, so much more interesting than the orange globes available everywhere.



We had a wonderful conversation with Farmer Brett who told us about several of the unique varieties of pumpkins and squash and gave us a tour of the mum selection.  I was enjoying myself so much I only took a few pictures.


Here are the pumpkin varieties I brought home.





Fahrmeier Farms is located on Highway 24 between Lexington and Wellington.  During the month of October they have events each weekend including a “press your own cider” day.  That sounds like my kind of day!   See these vines below?



Next July they will be bursting with blackberries, ready to be picked.  This is your notice to mark your calendars to visit Fahrmeier Farms next summer.  They have also recently planted 9000 strawberry plants for a late May or early June harvest.   No doubt that I will return!

Idea #9 – Take a class – Fall Entertaining Workshop by Jenny Steffens Hobick

Fall has always been my favorite time of the year with football, cool weather, pumpkins, chili, and cider .  With the crazy heat we have been experiencing, fall can not get here fast enough for me.  A couple of days ago I found out that one of my favorite bloggers is hosting a Fall Entertaining Workshop right here in my own hometown.  To say I was excited is a total understatement.  Here is the menu for the workshop:

Creamy Blue Hubbard, Goat Cheese Spread
Hot Mulled Cider served in Mason Jar Mugs
Harvest Salad with Greens with Apples, Cranberries & Homemade Vinaigrette
Butternut Squash & Beef Chili
Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits
Bite-Sized S’mores
Heirloom Pumpkins & Gourds with Fahrmeier Farms

That sounds more than wonderful to me, it sounds PERFECT!!!

Everyday Occasions

I was first introduced to Jenny’s blog well over a year ago, on the A Thyme for Everything website which is a culinary store in downtown Lee’s Summit.  A Thyme for Everything is a great little store that sells cookware, chef’s tools, kitchen decor and  gourmet food items such as Pappardelle’s Pasta and Christopher Elbow chocolates.  They also host cooking classes and at the time they had posted a short bio on Jenny since she was getting ready to teach a class.  Given the fact that she was from Lexington (where many of my relatives are from) and that she is an MU Journalism graduate (as is my daughter Kindra), I knew I had to check out her blog, Everyday Occasions.  I have been a faithful reader ever since that day.

                                                     Jenny Steffens Hobick

Everyday Occasions is wealth of really good recipes and entertaining ideas.  I have made several of the posted recipes including, tomato basil soup, green olive and heirloom tomato bruschetta,

and candy cane cranberry cocktails.

There are many more I hope to make including Butternut Squash Ravioli and Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry Almond Icing.  Jenny has been featured in several magazines and is a regular contributor to the Williams-Sonoma entertaining blog.  I can not wait to attend her workshop!

Besides all the cooking that will be going on, Fahrmeier Farms will be on site to display and sell their heirloom pumpkins.  I wrote about our day trip to Lexington last fall and our visit to Fahrmeier Farms, you can see that post by clicking here.

If you are near Kansas City, or will be on October 16,  you should attend the Fall Entertaining Workshop with me…..you can sign up via the link from Everyday Occasions or contact A Thyme for Everything directly.  Hurry though because the class with be full soon.  Hope to see you there!