Spend a fun and informative weekend in the country exploring Hermann-area farms and meeting artisan producers.
Cool Cow Cheese
Taste high-quality artisan cheeses, watch cheese being made, and see the big brown-eyed ladies who make it all happen.
The Blatchford family's farm consists of Cool Cow Cheese, Ben’s Jammin’ Jersey Milkers, and the Brinkman Farmstead Bed & Breakfast. A grass-fed herd of Jersey cows produces the high-quality milk Tom uses make delicious cheeses. In the barn you'll see every step of the cheesemaking process, from milking parlor to tasting room. The hayloft B&B has four guest rooms with a lovely country feel.
Directions: From the Hermann Welcome Center, go south on Highway 19 about 19 miles until you reach a stop sign. Turn left and go about a half mile on U.S. 50, then turn right onto Highway 19 at the blinking yellow light. There will be a gas station on your right. Go about 3 miles on 19, then turn right on Tschappler Road. There’s a gravel/clay pit and a sign that says “CHEESE” in red lettering just before the turn. Take Tschappler Road about 3 miles, staying to the left. You’ve arrived when you see a stone house on the right, barns on the left and brown cows in a pasture.
Pet an alpaca, see working dogs, shop for items handmade with alpaca fleece and Hummingbird Kitchen's jams, jellies, sauces, and baked goods.
Rockin' W Alpaca Ranch, which is nearly 10 times the size of the average alpaca ranch, is owned and operated by Barbara and Paul Willsey and their son, Brian. Three dogs and three llamas stand guard over the herd. The alpacas are raised for their fiber, which is sheared once a year in the spring. Hummingbird Kitchen, owned and operated by Terri Hoon and Brian Willsey, sells homemade jams, jellies,sauces and baked goods.
Directions: From the Hermann Welcome Center, go south on Highway 19 about 19 miles. Turn left on Highway ZZ. (If you reach a stop sign turn around, you’ve gone a little too far.) Continue on Highway ZZ for approximately 2.5 miles. Rockin’ W Alpaca Ranch will be on your left.
See chickens in moveable coops, fields of fruits and vegetables waiting to be picked, and a high-tunnel greenhouse where produce grows all year long.
Wil Farm is operated by Netherlands native Pieter Los. The goal of the farm is to raise flowers, vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat in a sustainable, cooperative way, marketing these products as locally as possible. Wil Farm is best known for its U-pick strawberries, Hoeing hen eggs, and Pieter’s Pantry full of delicious, just-picked greens and produce.
Directions: From the Hermann Welcome Center, go north on Highway 19 about 5 miles. Look for a large yellow Wil Farm sign and a white washtub on the right. Follow the signs to the circle drive.
Stroll through lovely gardens, planted with more than 110 varieties of flowers and foliage. Bring a vase and create your own floral masterpiece!
Located on a 160-year-old farm east of Hermann, Windy Hill Cut Flower Farm provides cut flowers for wedddings and other special occasions. Enjoy sweeping views as you stroll through the gardens. If you bring your own container (or purchase one on site), cutting shears will be provided so you can create a bouquet. Not feeling creative? Owner Mary Fritz will help you pick and create an arrangement. Dried flowers available in the Fall.
Directions: From the Hermann Welcome Center, go north on Highway 19 and turn right on Highway 100/East First Street, just before the Missouri River bridge. Go east on Highway 100 about 5 miles, then turn right (south) on Highway Z. Windy Hill Farm will be on your right, just 1/8 mile from Highway 100.