Old Trails in Missouri

IMG_0460I was in Lexington, Missouri, on Saturday scouting for my wine country journalism class next fall. We’ve been to Ste Genevieve-Commerce-Augusta-Hermann in search of regional flavor. This time, I want to go in another direction. The wine trail that incorporates Lexington is called “Old Trails,” (www.oldtrails.net) and it passes beautiful river homes, gracious folk, and picturesque courthouses. Parts of Jackson, Ray, LaFayette, Saline, Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, and Howard counties are included. I realized again how you cannot write about agriculture, food, or wine without knowing something about history, settlement and culture, and how those vital links peek at us through the foods and wines that end up at the dinner table.

It was a good day. I had a meal with Lexington residents interested in increasing tourism and met up with Major Jerry Brown and his charming wife. Lo and behold, the Brown’s are long-time friends of Central Methodist University and Fayette, my home for the past 20 years. Back when the University was a College, the Browns helped establish the Ashby-Hodge Gallery on campus. It’s a small world here in the midlands.

The beautiful memorial to veterans in the photo here is on the Lexington town square.


About ninafurstenau

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau teaches a Food and Wine Writing for the University of Missouri Science and Agriculture Journalism program and the MU School of Journalism School. Her book, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland was the winner of the MFK Fisher Book Award and Grand Prize Award for culinary/culture writing and designated as a Kansas Notable Book. She has also written Savor Missouri: River Hill Country Food and Wine, celebrating Missouri foodways. Her essay, "And Then There Was Rum Cake," appears in the 2017 anthology, Pie & Whiskey: Writer's Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Ms. Furstenau was in the Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1984 to 1986 and then began working life as a journalist and publisher/editor of three construction magazines beginning in 1987. Ms. Furstenau and her husband launched and published these magazines and two others until 2001. She was a month-long resident at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, in 2008.
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