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Home grown potatoes promised and delivered

I’ll Try the German Butterballs again next year, and give them better care.

German Butterball potato weighing in at
9 and a 1/2 pounds.

Seeds of change
says, ” A 2 lb. order will plant approximately 20 row feet and yield about 15–20 lbs. of potatoes.”

Red Sangre Potatoes, Solanum tuberosum, is a tender annual, red-skinned with pure white flesh. Stores well. Maturity: Early-mid season 90-100 days.

German Butterball, Solanum tuberosum, family Solanaceae. First place winner in Rodale’s Organic Gardening “Taste Off.” A good choice for roasting, frying and mashed potatoes. Russeted skin and buttery yellow flesh. One of our favorite all-purpose potato. Excellent for long-term storage.

German Butterball were the big producers of the two, but both varieties under produced. The catalog said yields 15-20 pounds.

My yield was about five pounds of Red Sangre Potatoes, Solanum tuberosum

My yield was about 9 and ½ pounds of German Butterball, Solanum tuberosum, family Solanaceae

Potage Parmentier (Potato & Leek Soup) – Julia Child

as a tribute to Julia Child, I will make a pottage – a potato – leek soup and make it my own by floating tiny crusty/roasted potatoes and onion pearls.
– Try fresh dill for garnish.

– The potato is the second most consumed food in the U.S., trailing only milk products.

– The average American eats 120 pounds of potatoes a year. That is almost 365 per person; or a spud a day.

1846 – In 1846, there was a potato famine in Ireland and millions of Irish Catholics migrated to America. The Irish population rose drastically in New York and Boston, and there was an anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic and anti-Irish backlash.

Teds grandfather saw those signs NINA- No Irish Need Apply – when he came to this country.

Toasting Southern Illinois

Toasting Southern Illinois

Uncork a great fall getaway along southern Illinois’
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
By Patsy Bell Hobson

Autumn is a wonderful time to explore the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in southern Illinois and experience international influences at several wineries. Cooler weather, amazing fall color in Shawnee National Forest, good food, charming inns and special events combine for a wonderful weekend getaway that’s within reach and your budget.


Above: Taste wines with a German influence at Von Jakob Vineyard with a location in Ponoma and Alto Pass.

In Title: Visitors can see the vineyards at most of the wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, which was organized in 1995. Deborah Reinhardt Palmer photos

The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail was organized in 1995 by two regional tourism bureaus and Alto Vineyards, Ponoma Winery and Owl Creek Vineyard. The region has a federal designation as an American viticultural area.

Although 12 wineries can be found along the trail that starts just south of Murphysboro, our sampler tour is an overview of the experiences that wait for you.

A little Germany in southern Illinois

Enjoy a little slice of Germany at Von Jakob Vineyard or Von Jakob Orchard and Vineyard. Owners Paul and Rhoda Jacobs opened Von Jakob Vineyards in 1997 in Ponoma. The second location, four miles away in Alto Pass, includes orchards with more than eight acres of grapes, 10 acres of peaches and 20 acres of apples. All the grapes and fruit grown at both locations go into the production of their award-winning wines.

Taste the German influence in the semi-sweet Honey Mead series inspired by a recipe from Paul’s grandmother. The winery recently received gold and bronze awards for its Cabernet Sauvignon.

View the vineyards on a sunny autumn afternoon from one of the comfortable Adirondack deck chairs while sipping a glass of wine. Cozy up to the magnificent fireplace on cooler days. The wineries are open daily year-round. The original location, 1309 Sadler Road, is set off state Highway 127, while the orchard is at 230 state Highway 127.

Sip, sleep and sup in a barn

Savor Scandinavian-influenced wine and food at Hedman Vineyards, another Alto Pass winery. The wines are made from grapes grown in Gerd and Anders Hedman’s vineyard. This young winery that opened in 2005 has a small but excellent selection of wines.

The Peach Barn Café is in a restored barn. It’s your choice to dine inside or outside at tables that overlook the vineyard. The Swedish menu selections–including Swedish meatballs and baked wild Norwegian cod–are made to order, so there may be a wait during busy times, but the food is worth it. Browse through the gift shop filled with authentic Scandinavian art and gifts.

The Peach Barn suite is furnished in Swedish décor. Guests may have breakfast in the café, in the room or on the deck.

Hedman Vineyards is at 560 Chestnut St., set off state Highway 127. The winery is open daily year-round.

Blue Sky’s heavenly wine

Anchoring the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Blue Sky Vineyard in Makanda is a great place to begin or end the tour while drinking in a little bit of Tuscany. An Italian-inspired menu also is available. Sip a glass of Framboise, an excellent port wine to enjoy after dinner and especially with chocolate.

James Ewers and Barrett Rochman opened Blue Sky in 2005. Visitors can enjoy an overnight here as the winery has two beautiful suites furnished with a queen-size bed, phone, mini refrigerator, and television with DVD player. Ask for a tour of the wine cellar with the winemaker when you stay at Blue Sky Monday–Friday. Live music is offered on Sundays, and the winery is open daily year-round.

Blue Sky is set far back off a main road, about 14 miles from Giant City State Park and state Highway 13. For travelers using a GPS navigation system, type in the town of Anna instead of Makanda for best results.

Kite Hill Country

Kite Hill Vineyards and Winery with its distinctive southern Illinois flavor rounds out this short tour. The winery’s Chardonel, a dry white wine, consistently sells out.

“It has a very smooth feel,” said owner Barbara Bush. “Last year, we had an abundance of grapes, more than we could possibly use. Local Amish jelly makers made our extra wine grapes into Chardonel jelly. It’s been a big hit. We sell a lot of it.”

Two lovely guestrooms are available at Kite Hill. Make reservations soon because autumn weekends book quickly. Bush gets up early so guests will always have a freshly prepared three-course breakfast and just-baked afternoon snacks.

The winery, located at 83 Kite Hill Road in Carbondale, is open during the fall from Thursday–Monday, with weekend hours from December–March; appointments may be requested for additional hours. Wine Down Fridays features local musicians and free appetizers with the purchase of wine.

The rich soil of southern Illinois lends itself to the subtleties of grape production, and the worldwide influences of the vintners add to exploration of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Patsy Bell Hobson is a contributor from Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Sept/Oct 2009 Issue


The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Fall Festival will be Sept. 5 and 6 in Cobden and features wine, food, music, artisans and more. For more information about wineries and inns along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, visit

Visitor information is available through the Southern-most Illinois Tourism Bureau, (800) C-IT-HERE (800-248-4373) or www.southern

To visit southern Illinois and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, first stop by your nearest AAA service office for maps, reservations, TripTiks® and TourBook® guides.

Order free information about Illinois through the Reader Service Card, found online at

Super Collector
California native and born promoter found a home for himself and extensive Superman collection in southernmost Illinois.
Overnights on the Trail
By Patsy Bell Hobson

Southernmost Illinois is home to several exceptional bed-and-breakfast inns that will make your Shawnee Hills Wine Trail experience special enough to repeat every year.

Hummingbird Hollow Bed & Breakfast (877-515-8105) is one of the most relaxing bed-and-breakfast retreats you’ll ever visit, thanks to innkeepers Dee and Harlan Browning. The inn is at 31317 McDaniel Road in Tamms, Ill. At Hummingbird Hollow, it’s just you and hundreds of butterflies and dozens of hummingbirds in a quiet hideaway retreat.

You don’t have to go to breakfast–it’s delivered to your front door. Later in the day, a fresh baked treat–such as peach or blackberry cobbler–will be delivered. The ice cream is already in your freezer. Dee will provide you with wine trail information and maps. She always knows what festivals and celebrations are going on nearby.

A fall package called “A Splash of Color” ($190 plus tax) is available Sept. 1–Oct. 31 and includes a private whirlpool bath. Sit around a campfire and enjoy the star-filled sky. There’s a full kitchen here, as well as a barbecue grill available to guests. Once you check in, you may not want to leave this paradise.

Windy Hill Acres Inn (618-893-4065, is a rock potato house that dates to the 1880s once used to store sweet potatoes by farmers waiting to ship their crop to Chicago. It was remodeled into a five-room home with a deck, and owners Bob and Carol Nebughr in 2003 opened it as an inn.

The house is in Cobden, Ill., at 830 Bell Hill Road. It has two bedrooms, a full kitchen that includes a breakfast area, living room with fireplace and a country view that makes this quiet little retreat feel like the country house of your dreams. Continental breakfast is included, and guests can bring food to prepare their meals and spend the weekend in undisturbed seclusion.

Rates are $75 plus tax per night for one bedroom or $130 plus tax per night for two bedrooms. Windy Hill Acres Inn accepts only checks or cash.

Check in to a private cabin at the Boars Nest Bed & Breakfast (800-440-4489 or 618-833-6100, in Shawnee National Forest. There are five cabins, including a honeymoon suite, and all include a private wraparound deck, full kitchenette, private bath and a Jacuzzi tub. A continental breakfast is brought to the cabin. Room rates are $85 to $125 per night plus tax. The cabins are in Cobden at 1304 Kratzinger Hollow Road.


By Deborah Reinhardt Palmer

One of the joys of travel is discovering tucked away treasures and interesting people. These opportunities are plentiful along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. On a recent two-day trip, I found two treasures that are too good to keep to myself.

Historic Bell Hill

Many residents of Cobden and surrounding small communities know about the house on Bell Hill. This lovely Southern home dates to the 1850s and has endured fire, the passing of time and owners, hard luck and plenty of good times. I wish I could speak to this house to hear the stories it might tell me.

Bell Hill’s original owner, James Bell, made a fortune in timber after the Civil War. The home’s current owner, Julia Todd, is a gracious woman originally from Kentucky who works as an interior designer and operates the inn with the help of her son, Todd Suwana. Julia and Todd live at the house, which gives an overnight here the feeling of visiting one’s favorite aunt.

There are four bedrooms, each beautifully decorated with antiques or reproductions. Yet the inn is not at all pretentious. Instead, there’s a gracious comfort offered to guests. Whenever possible, original items to the home–such as the coat hooks found in the upstairs ballroom bath–can be found in various rooms.

The ballroom suite on the third floor can accommodate a traveling group or family with ease. There’s a king-sized bed and three twin beds. Interesting items are tucked in the rafters of this floor, including remnants of a leather trapeze once used by a pet chimp kept by former owners of the house. During the Bell family’s era, the third floor was used to en-tertain guests during lavish parties.

Grant’s Suite is an elegant room for couples that includes a large bathroom with a balcony and whirlpool. Gen. Ulysses Grant stayed with the Bell family at the house. Two rooms–Miss Bell’s and Metiney’s (Julia’s daughter)–have feminine charms and private baths. The Todd Parlor, also on the second floor, is a quiet place for reading or playing cards and opens to the large balcony that has a splendid view of the valley. It’s a great escape with a bottle of local wine and a few good friends.

Walk the grounds and enjoy the gardens and vistas. Although it’s not accessible to guests, the old barn, Julia said, contains carved directions to Chicago and is believed to be a part of the Underground Railroad. A full Southern breakfast is served in the sunroom–the newer addition to the home that replaced a failing back porch. We enjoyed coffee, milk, juice, bacon, cheesy eggs, toast, fruit and chocolate chip pancakes on fine china. Julia is a lovely hostess and a joyful woman who can tell you about area shops, markets and restaurants. She operates her inn with love, care and gracious expertise.

Historic Bell Hill is on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail just off U.S. Highway 51 on Bell Hill Road. Rates are $150 per night and include the full breakfast. A sign at the entrance identifies the driveway to travelers. For more information, call (618) 697-0326 or visit

Darn Hot Peppers

With the dozen wineries, several orchards and good restaurants, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail is a great food lover’s destination. Not far from Historic Bell Hill is Rancho Bella Vista, home of Darn Hot Peppers. Gerardo and Carol Jimenez grow a variety of peppers–from jalapeno to habanero–at their farm and sell pepper spice mixes, salsas and jellies at a small store on site. Their products also are available locally in Makanda at Bill’s Country Store, as well as in Springfield and a few farmers’ markets. Items are also available to order online.

Using sustainable agricultural methods, this small business delivers big flavors. The special reserve chipotle salsa, one of the bestsellers, uses smoked jalapenos and mirasol chiles. It pairs nicely with a Sangria from one of the local wineries or a Margarita. Carol said the jellies often are used as glazes for grilled meats or in salad dressings. A note to neophytes: Watch out for the habanero honey as the sweetness is soon followed by the hot pepper’s kick. The Web site has several recipes, and there are free recipes at the store in Cobden.

Gerardo, a former state employee, and Carol, a former teacher, didn’t originally plan to spend retirement growing a pepper business. “But we’ll keep doing this as long as it’s fun,” she says.

See more of the farm, sample the products, enjoy food and music at the annual Pepperfest on Sept. 5.

Darn Hot Peppers is about three miles south of Bell Hill via U.S. Highway 51. Turn right on Vines Road off Highway 51 and the farm will be on the right (827 Vines Road). For information, call (618) 893-1443 or visit


Todd Suwana and Julia Todd welcome guests to beautiful Historic Bell Hill in Cobden. Deborah Reinhardt Palmer photo

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Pink purks


I don’t think of pink when I think late Summer/early Fall blooms, but these caught my eye. I did not deliberately combine the two plants, but they caught my eye this morning for a couple of reasons.

1. My flowers on the deck in containers have been badly neglected and under appreciated all season. Still they have survived and are blooming on just for the sheer joy and happiness they bring to those who have appreciated then – the hummers and butterflies, and neighbors on the North side of the house.

2. It’s a great flower combo and a happy accident. The Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ is a survivor, living three years in a container, yet to kind a permanent home in my garden. Zinnias are a favorite garden stand-by that come in most every bright color, spark up a bare spot (or empty pot) and butter flies love them. The pink zinnias just happen to be last zinnia blooming. They came in a mixed color packet of seed because I don’t normally choose pink flowers.

There pink zinnias are hardy and late blooming, I’ll collect some seed and plant them again in the spring. If I had given them more attention, zinnias are a cut and come again flower, so I would have had even more blooms.

Potatoes and carrots

Potatoes and Carrots stew on this:

Both varieties are beautiful. and they are just the right size to make potato salad and roasting with meats and vegetables.

Seeds of change says, ” A 2 lb. order will plant approximately 20 row feet and yield about 15–20 lbs. of potatoes.”

I grew two kinds of potatoes.

Red Sangre Potatoes, Solanum tuberosum, Tender Annual – It is red-skinned with pure white flesh, and can be harvested early for abundant amounts of round, medium-sized tubers that are best prepared as creamed potatoes. Stores well. Maturity: Early-mid season 90-100 days. A 2 pound order of seed potatoes will plant 20 row feet and yields 15-20 pounds.

And, German Butterball, Solanum tuberosum, family Solanaceae First place winner in Rodale’s Organic Gardening “Taste Off.” A good choice for roasting, frying and mashed potatoes. Russeted skin and buttery yellow flesh. One of our favorite all-purpose potato. Excellent for long-term storage. 100-120 days. German Butterball were the big producers of the two, but both varieties under produced according to seeds of change predictions.This is their photo. I’ll have time to weigh and replace the photos tomorrow or the next day. I am not holding the Seeds of Change potatoes as guilty. Potatoes haven’t been sorted and weighed they are out in the shady yard curing. There will be one more taste test and potato evaluation. But, for now I just wanted to let you know that there was little disease. They might have produced more heavily with more rain and a bit more compost. Who is to say? More later with my own photos.

Potato History:

Used by the Andean Indians for at least 2,000 years before the Spanish Conquest, the potato was introduced to Europe by the mid-16th century, and reputedly to England by the explorer Walter Raleigh. (Genus Solanum tuberosum, family Solanaceae.)

An obligatory lecture:

In Ireland, the potato famine of 1845, caused by a parasitic fungus, resulted in many thousands of deaths from starvation, and led to large-scale emigration to the USA. This is why you should always grow certified organic potatoes.

I’m telling two tales today, potatoes and carrots because this was my work out yesterday.

These are pale carrots I thinned and pulled to early. I though growing them in the light soils mix in the felt container, I was sure to have straight and beautiful rainbow and purple haze carrots. The squirrel kept digging the seeds up. So I grew the felt container under the wire basket you see in the back ground. I see that though the carrots are not nearly as log as the container is deep, they since the bottom and have started to ball up on the end.

They are not ready to be harvested, but it was good that I could this these few carrots. I might try this method again with the chorter carrot next year.

I tried two methods of growing potatoes. Some in raised beds. And these in the cloth containers. I was disappointed in the harvest amount, but it sure was easy harvesting – dump the soil upside sown and your potatoes spill out with the soil. They grew at about the same rate and were ready to harvest when the raised be potatoes were ready to harvest.
The taste rest and keeping ability will be another test, but for now, I believe I’ll try the German Butterball again next year.


Garden Royalty


Crown Princess Margareta, has loads of fragrant roses in late spring, then a few more continue to bloom, except in the hottest of summer. And, now there are even more light blooms that will continue till frost.
This little bloomer has many, larger flowers in spring. The roses are neatly formed rosettes of apricot yellow.

It is thriving in what I thought would be a temporary location with poor, rocky soil. But, it blooms where it was planted. So, the princess has found a permanent home. Each year, the top soil around the rose it gets a layer of leaf mould and compost. And because it is surrounded by asphalt on three sides, it always has a heaping helping of water-saving wood chip mulch.

In the spring, there are so many golden-yellow/apricot blooms, it perfumes the garden air.

The blossoms last month were petite and looked like miniature roses. Occasional blooms will appear now through the first frost. Blooms are just under 3″ across.

Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and was an accomplished landscape gardener who, together with the Crown Prince (later, King Gustavus VI Adolfus of Sweden), created the famous Swedish Summer Palace of Sofiero in Helsingborg.

David Austin Roses are a favorite of mine. After fifty years of rose breeding, David Austin’s English Roses combine the form and fragrance of old fashioned roses with the repeat flowering of modern roses. They are very easy to grow, healthy and reliable. I have very little disease problem with David Austin roses.

Find David Austin roses at Jackson & Perkins

Kehdes Barbecue a local favorite in Sedalia

Kehdes Barbecue a local favorite in Sedalia

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Bloom Day August 15 2009

Sun lovers and finches find the chocolate centered sunbursts irresistible. A stiff, upright annual or short-lived perennial native to the eastern United States, but has become endemic throughout North America. The Black-Eyed Susan is probably the most common of all American wildflowers.

Bloom Day
Bloom Day
Bloom Day
The biggest and most successful of Bloom Days is well past. Our Gardens are in the various stages of fruiting and reproduction. We bring fat, full baskets of beans, squashes and cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and herbs in every day. There are even more loads of corn and peaches from the farmers markets.

So the success of our gardens is more this month than blooms – it’s the fruit. Next month it will be the groaning pantry shelves filled with these fruits of our labor and the drying seeds.

These floppy hydrangeas are beautiful and long blooming I suspect if it were moved to a sunnier area they would not be so droopy. Because they are so big, they can fill a large vase, making for a very dramatic table centerpiece.

Buttered Popcornn, one of the earliest bloomers this year, is still producing these big brilliant blooms.

Old faithfuls, these marigolds were off to a slow start but are thriving now in the hot August sun.Marigolds are planted along the flower border and in the vegetable gardens.

These rare heirloom vining petunias are doing well in the shade of the cucumbers and squash. They have added a delicate blooms to the trellis all summer.

Tomato production has been limited by the early blight. This is the second summer with limited tomato harvest.
Though there are still blooms making more tomatoes, so we will see whether they have time to make before the first frost.

Left to do:
Plant another crop of green beans, some turnips, dig the potatoes.

I am going to break up the bales that I used in my garden experiment. growing on bales is a good sound idea and I will try again next spring. A number of unfortunate circumstances have limited the bale garden success this year. More on that later. (the tomato above is growing in a bale.)


Common parsley, Petroselinium crispum, a member of the carrot family (Apiaceae) I never grew parsley as a biannual before. But this year the parsley came back and took off on it’s mission to reproduce seed in the second year.

It’s grown as an annual in my garden both as a food source to butterfly caterpillars and some of my favorite recipes. Snip this leafy stalk-like herb close to the ground and begin clipping on the outside edges of the bunch. Cutting parsley like this will encourage new growth. Keep pruning parsley all season. Usually parsley grows to about 12 inches tall in my garden the first year.

This second year, I just left the plant to grow a second year. It grew about three feet tall before blooming and setting seed. Black Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars which are black, green and yellow caterpillars feast on parley. So I always plant a lot of parsley. Parsley is slow to germinate from seed. Be patient, and keep the soil moist. Parsley leaves are very high vitamin C content. They also contain vitamin A, B1, B2, Calcium, Iron, and anti-inflammatory flavonoids.

I’m collecting seed this year to plant next spring. I’ve always purchased seed for growing both curly and flat leaved varieties. When I have a lot of fresh parsley, I tend to use it more. One of my favorite summer recipes includes loads of fresh parsley, mint, and tomatoes.

Really, it’s not good unless you have fresh parsley.

Recipe for Toubli is here:
Tabouli Salad and Lemon Thyme Couscous

Straw bale bed and breakfast in Southern Illinois

Straw bale bed and breakfast in Southern Illinois

Straw bale bed and breakfast in Southern Illinois

August 13, 1:22 AMOzarks Travel ExaminerPatsy Bell Hobson

Truth window showing that our room REALLY IS made of straw. photo pbh

Green living is more than a commitment at home.This new Southern Illinois green bed & breakfast is getting a steady business simply by word of mouth. The Makanda Inn is an energy efficient small retreat and B&B.

Makanda Inn incorporates both high and low-tech methods for minimizing its impact on the environment. Most impressive is the straw bale wall construction which provides energy efficiency and insulation. Mikanda Inn supports several local farmers and artisans. Much of the spectacular art is from local artists and craftsmen.

The seasonal breakfast menu showcases natural ingredients broth organic and sustainable when available. Breakfast this morning will be strawberry French toast for the six guests staying at the inn.

On the way are a natural swimming pool, outdoor musical performances on a to-be-built stage, a hot soaking tub and hiking trails. Makanda Inn is landscaping now and although the Inn looks like it is under construction, it has been occupied by the owners for about a year.

Guests hear about the b&b’s four completed rooms by word of mouth. If you would like to enjoy the early stages of what promises to be long term commitment to our community, check for availability on the Makanda Inn website.

The fall promises to be a busy time for the Inn because they are in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail. It’s the kind of harmonious retreat where guests tend to return and consider the Inn a private getaway.

Mikanda Inn is growing and changing everyday, keep up with their progress at the Mikanda Inn website. Southernmost Illinois Touism Bureau has the most uptodate information about fall events and festivals. For more information about the area B & Bs,Shawnee Wine Trail links to a B&B website.

Makanda Inn, 855 Old Lower Cobden Road, Makanda, Illinois 62958, phone: (618) 697-7929.

Makanda Inn is not yet handicap accessible, but will soon be accessible in good weather.

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Up On The Roof

Roof top garden grows on Springfield Brewing Company

How do you get out there to take care of the plants? I asked.

“I just open the window and jump out.”

Not many gardeners will jump out a second floor window to water their organic garden, but Kevin Mackey at the Springfield Brewing Company does almost everyday.

“We can offer our customers fresh organic food specials, and other wise, this roof top is just wasted space.” Mackey, who is the manager at Springfield Brewing company, harvests fresh produce daily from his crop of pickle buckets and wine boxes. “I just saw an opportunity to make use of some unused space on our roof and to do something environmentally friendly with it.”

The container garden is great example of recycling, Springfield brewing company is reusing the 26 five-gallon pickle buckets and 8 wooden wine boxes from the restaurant.

I noticed the sun-ripened taste of a fresh tomato on a salad served just moments before our roof top tour. Real gardeners just know that distinct, earthy flavor of home grown tomatoes.

Springfield Brewing Company features a huge menu, as well as award winning hand crafted ales and lagers.

The Pretzels and Cheese appetizer ($5.25) of three soft Bavarian pretzels served hot from the oven with queso and Santa Fe cheddar ale is a perfect accompaniment in the search for your favorite beer. The loaded pizzas are hot and topped with original and fresh toppings. A perfect appetizer to share, or make it a meal. Pizzas are a good value ranging from about $7 to $9.

If your mom actually cooked, then the made from scratch, Mom’s Mac & Cheese, $8.25, is sure to win your heart. Brewing Company serves a big bowl of giant shell pasta tossed in an alfredo sauce with four cheeses and topped with toasted garlic bread crumbs. Add chicken for $2.50, Add Broccoli for $1.00. This is not the blue box macaroni and cheese food.

Because Mackey is willing to jump out of a window everyday and grow some of the Brewing Company’s produce, there are occasional special organic dishes that are not on the regular menu.

For example: lucky diners were recently offered “An “Organic Vegetarian Pizza” made with fresh ingredients from our roof. We also have used many of the items as ingredients in our specials. For example, we offered a basil cream sauce on our tilapia with basil from our roof and a jalapeno cream cheese on our chicken sandwich with jalapenos from our roof.”

If beer is not your thing – and we have heard of such people – the food at this brew pub is fresh and the service is prompt. Should you want to learn about their fresh beers that change seasonally, the Brewing Company offers a sampler of six of their most popular beers. Once you find a favorite, they offer carry out in 6-Packs and cases, 6-Packs: $6.99 each, Cases (4 6-Packs): $25.99 each.

Fresh, locally grown food and sustainable marketing only happen when customers ask for it. Customers are willing to pay for tasty and healthy, locally produced food. Tell the Brewing Company you appreciate the fresh food. Start asking other local restaurants to buy locally produced foods. Savvy restaurateurs are listening.

Springfield Brewing Company 305 South Market Street, Springfield MO, 65807, Phone: (417) 832-8277 One block west of Campbell on Walnut.

Springfield Brewing Company's Roof Top Garden
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