9.28.18 Birthdays, Barn Sales, & Looking To October
Today a very special boy in our life turns the big 9! One year from being two hands old. When we started this project he was just 7. It is crazy to think of the last 18 months, it has gone by in a blink. Monday marks 8 months since we opened our doors. A lot has changed with the property, but it has changed us too; both, I think, for the better.
This weekend is a big one for us. We were asked to sell Sangrias at the Broken Oak Barn Sale tomorrow and we are excited to meet everyone and see all of the hard work that goes into an event this size. We are humbled and honored to be asked to be a part of this fun day! Stop by & buy a $5 Sangria, we will have Peach Cobbler and Apple Pie! It is sure to make you warm & giddy with fall goodness!
October brings lots of good entertainment to our stage and fun family Sundays & events. One question we have heard since we reopened our doors is “What about Harvest Moon?” YES! We have scheduled the HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20. This will be an all day event of music & fun! Promotional flyers are pending, but all the details will be released soon!
There has been quite a discussion about what Harvest Moon Festival has been and what it can be; no, we won’t have a hayride. However, what I can promise is a unique and fun event for your whole family. I believe we have designed a fun day where everyone can relax, kids can make memories with their parents, and parents can reconnect over bonfires and good music. That’s really the whole mission behind our Sunday meals too. Life is shared over meals. We believe when we see families playing games, and moms and dads reconnecting over a good meal, maybe a glass of our infused water or a glass of wine, we see those homes being strengthened, and that has a ripple effect into our community. Share a meal with us in house, or order a TO GO family meal on Sunday, take it home, put your jammies on and love your family. Help us give back to a sick neighbor, a college kid missing his mom’s home cooking, a new mom who could use a hand to have food on the table for her family while she takes care of a newborn. If you have someone that needs a home cooked meal to start their week off right, call us. We can have it ready for pick up within 10 minutes.
Now I’m off to the donut shop at 5 am to get my boy some birthday donuts.
Cooler weather. Falling leaves. Apples. Grape harvest. Bonfires. Scarves. Pumpkins. What’s not to love about fall? In the spirit of autumn, we have made some changes to our food and beverage menus that we know will make you feel cozy and right at home.
What was meant to be a weekly blog & newsletter has now become an every 3 week newsletter. Let me fill you in on the last 3 weeks at Meramec Vineyards. Our Shrimp Boil sold out before we opened on the 29th of last month! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy that Food & Family Sunday meal. More fall & comforting meals are coming your way! Check our website for the full year of menus so you never miss a good home cooked meal!
Our new labels for Sweet Cat have been sent to TTB for approval. Our new vintage will be out soon! We are “this” close to having a new “shining” beverage in our tasting room! Many of you have heard us talking about that! We are actively planning new FALL menu items; the chilly and drizzly atmosphere today is definitely inspiring! New FALL sangrias, samplers, salads and desserts will be debuting September 1! Watch our IG and Facebook feeds for sneak peaks & you will be able to help name the menu items!
2 am. Most everyone is sleeping. So why am I awake? Life is busy. We are grateful. Late nights mean quiet time to collect my thoughts, review the day, see how we can make things better, improve our guests visits, work on responding to emails, update social media, and make our website more informative, more meaningful, think of new ideas, embrace the silence.
Nearly 6 months into this venture…. Wow! One year ago we had just completed the negotiations into buying and starting on this wild ride. Nearly daily I hear, “What got you started?” I jokingly blame my better half, but really we feel it was a dream and vision placed on our hearts by God. A vision that only He could have pieced together. The whole process has been an interesting one, one that has tested our faith to the limit, but we have persevered and come out so blessed this far. Each twist and turn, each delay, each business contact, I see the work of God. About 6 weeks ago, I ended my nursing career. A career I LOVED! I came on full time at the winery. I believe God has a funny sense of humor and his timing is always perfect, even if in the moment seems like bad luck. Fast forward 6 days after my last day at a local clinic, and BOOM! my husband’s job suddenly ends. New company decided to go a different route. Most people would be terrified. After a brief second of fear that I couldn’t allow, I just had to laugh it off, trusting the process, that this was how it was supposed to work out from the beginning. 10 days later he accepted a position in town. We have not worked in the same town in nearly a decade; we had both previously been commuting different directions, and seeing each other briefly before work and at bedtime. Now the kids & I enjoy seeing DAD (One of his best roles) at lunch, bringing him treats and loving the weekends together, even at the winery, where work is family, and family comes to work. You have probably seen a little girl serving you crackers or water, and a boy sweeping up the floors. They are our future, just like your children. We love that Sundays have become a day you can bring your family and enjoy some time together, unplugged. Really in the moment, with good food and fun games. Back last March, that’s what motivated us to jump on this opportunity, family. A chance to be in business together, sharing a passion and drive and a dream, to make this a family destination, and fun place where families can reconnect, parents can enjoy a nice evening, couples can have a date night, friends can visit, and everyone leaves happy.
Thanks for giving us a chance. The last nearly 6 months have been a magical and inspiring time.
With heartfelt love and appreciation,
Michelle & Joe