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Trip Report Santa Fe Trail - MO Historic Byway 24 - a day trip

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I think this qualifies as a mini-trip report and since others in my area may not be aware of this area, I thought I ought to share. Of course, everyone else may already know about this!

On Saturday morning I had it in my head that I wanted to buy some peaches and can them. I had found out from someone about Peter's Orchards in Waverly MO so I did mapquest and set out. I was in for a really lovely surprise. The route I took was Hwy 13 through Richmond linking up with Hwy 24 just east of Lexington MO. I had never been this far east on this hwy before.

Not only was it simply a beautiful ride through the country--everything lush and green, fields of crops, orchards, and vineyards--there were wineries and roadside farmstands galore. I enjoyed the drive, about 1 hr 15 minutes, and decided that I would make stops all the way back from Waverly. And that is what I did.

At Peter's Market in Waverly I bought a bushel of peaches for myself and additional peaches for friends. I also bought a few other farmstand items. Working my way back I stopped at Shreiman Orchards and bought fresh baked goods; Rasa Orchards and bought watrermelon (huge), cantaloupe (huge) and a bushel of akana apples. Then I stopped at Baltimore Bend Winery, did a little wine tasting and bought bottles of Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin and Cynthiana, all produced there at the winery. There I was lucky enough to stumble across the Santa Fe Trail Growers Association brochure.

Apparently this stretch of hwy was originally part of the old Santa Fe Trail along which goods were hauled. In 1933 the current hwy was built, and roadside stands sprung up, and there is a wide variety today. This is also the largest apple producing area in Missouri. Who knew!? Well, maybe you but not me, I'm not from here originally.

In all seasons you can get a variety of locally produced goods--from gardening goods, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb in spring, to peaches, veggies, apples, canteaoupe, watermelon, tomatoes and corn in summer, to more apples, mums, pumpkins and pecans in the fall, to trees, wreaths and winter apples in th holiday season. And wine year round! (yes, I'm paraphrasing from the brochure so I get it right).

What a fun surprise this day was! I thought I was just going to get some peaches and indulge my inner homemaker by canning, and just had such a fun day. I ended up with a late lunch back in Lexington MO at the Riley Pub (not sure that is quite right) with a local beer and a Reuben.

Here are a few web sites if you are interested in a day trip;

www.visitlexingtonmo.com

www.petersmarket.com

http://www.fahrmeierfarms.com/

www.schreimanorchards.com

www.baltimorebend.com

http://www.threetrailswinery.com/

There are many more, but those were the web sites I could find. I'm planning on doing another day trip in late fall for those pumpkins and apples! Hope someone else can benefit from this info.

Oh, from KC I would imagine you could drive 24 east from Independence, or go I-70 out to Odessa then north on 131 to 24 then east, or, go I-70 to Hwy 65 and go north to Waverly and work your way back West on 24.

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