Weather permitting, Country Corner will offer a parking lot sale and their special home-grown mums will be in season. Washington County Farmers Market provides the area with locally grown fruits, vegetables and plants throughout the summer. Regular hours are 7:00 to noon. Information for the Farm Tour will be available throughout the day. Potosi’s Long Banta House will offer tours from noon to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $4 per person. This historical home and residence of the most prominent politician from Washington County has the original furnishings and is reported to be haunted. Mary Wilson, Master Gardener, will guide you through her spectacular and well-planned garden, showing her companion planting techniques and organic practices. Included is a tour of Mary’s Summer Kitchen where she preserves her harvest all season long. Caledonia’s Farmhouse 1807 (as featured in Country Living) will have both an artisans’ and local farmers’ markets. Specialty items available include alpacas, Dexter cow, Heirloom chickens, and baby lambs to view. Available for purchase will be sheep cheese, veggies, seasonal produce, jellies, antiques, home spun yarn, and knitted products. While in Caledonia, visit the Old Village Mercantile. They will be open and offering old-fashioned candies, coffees, cold drinks, antiques, vintage fabrics, toys, kitchen goods, and gifts.
Bellevue Presbyterian Church, the first Presbyterian congregation west of the Mississippi River, will offer tours from 9 am to noon on Saturday. South of Caledonia on Highway 21 is the Smith Farm where Marilyn Smith makes her famous Granny’s Nanny’s soaps and cheese. Watch a cheese making demonstration, see the goats, or purchase mums and fresh farm eggs. John Held Growers has home-grown mums and other perennials, vegetables, fruits, pumpkins, hay stalks and other seasonal plants and ornamentals for sale. John is one of the area’s leading growers and a mainstay at the Washington County Farmers Market. The Juliette Farm will offer tours through their fabulous log cabin built in 1979 and filled with beautiful antiques. View their Boer goats and visit the working barbershop with its exhibit of black powder guns, supplies and 1792 –1840 primitive attire. The Mousers invite you to their pygmy goat farm. There are petting pens for visitors to get up close with donkeys, goats, and sheep. Their resale shop will be open and Levi Lemons will be barbequing! Washington State Park welcomes you with their cabins, Big River access, petro glyphs, swimming pool and beautiful Ozark trails that offer breathtaking views and an escape from the urban bustle. On Sunday, October 3rd the Fete De L’Automne is the definitive old-time French settlement celebration featuring crafts, skills, foods, costumes, weaving, caning, music, cakewalks, apple-butter making and rope making. It will be a joyous day that sets off this memorable weekend in an extremely unique way! Home Grown is an exhilarating weekend tour where agriculture, history and the pristine Ozark Mountains intertwine. This Autumn’s most unique Missouri cultural experiences features some of Missouri’s best farms and ranches, as well as local farmers markets, a live French settler celebration and local wines. Home Grown brochures can be picked up at all participating homes, farms and businesses. For more information about Home Grown, please contact Krista Snyder, Assistant Director of the Washington County Industrial Development Authority at 573-438-6196 or Connie Sayers at 573-438-4449. Information can also be found on Home Grown’s web site, www.homegrownfarmtour.com.█