JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri CommonGround and the Hermann Wine Trail welcomed a sold-out crowd of 850 food and wine enthusiasts to the second annual The Farmers’ Table Wine Trail, Saturday, April 6 in Hermann. The event provided participants the opportunity to connect with Missouri farmers as they sipped and tasted their way along the wine trail.
Representing a broad spectrum of the state’s agriculture community, Missouri CommonGround female farmer volunteers were stationed at each of the seven wineries on the trail to help sort through myths and misconceptions surrounding today’s food production. Missouri is one of 20 states participating in the CommonGround program developed by the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and their state affiliates. The mission of the volunteer-led program is to share personal experiences, as well as science and research, to help consumers enjoy food without fear.
“I think as moms and women, we are often the people making the tough decisions on what to feed our families,” said Missouri CommonGround volunteer Addie Yoder of Leonard, Mo. “I have to make those same decisions too, and it can be confusing with all the labels and marketing. As volunteers with Missouri CommonGround, we hope to help bridge that gap by sharing our farm stories, cutting through the jargon, and connecting on those things that are important to their lives and our lives.”
In addition to award-winning Missouri wines, The Farmers’ Table Wine Trail showcased corn, beef, pork, chicken, dairy and vegetables – all foods representing the state’s vibrant agricultural landscape. Recipe cards were also distributed at each stop, featuring that location’s food pairing as well as facts on modern food production.
“CommonGround is able to successfully make a direct connection between the farm and consumers based on the volunteers’ firsthand knowledge,” said Brian Lehman, a Missouri Corn board member from Versailles, Mo., who sits on the committee guiding the national CommonGround program. “The volunteers share their own farm and personal experiences with their families. These conversations help build trust through honest answers instead of online searches.”
“With over 1,700 acres of grapes produced by 425 grape growers, the Missouri wine industry plays an important role in the growing agritourism market,” said Annette Alden, marketing director for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. “We are proud to continue this collaboration with our fellow commodity partners and share in telling the many great stories of Missouri agriculture.”
Missouri CommonGround is a group of volunteer farm women sharing their experiences raising food with primary grocery purchasers. The organization is supported by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.Learn more about today’s food production and meet the farmers behind the food at www.findourcommonground.com
— Missouri Corn
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