LOCATION: Near Fargo, North Dakota
CAMPGROUND: Another lovely Harvest Host winery. Just off I-94. Beautiful setting. We are parked in a big gravel parking lot in front of the wine tasting house. Surrounded by vineyards. 5 stars out of 5!
WEATHER: Our coolest day so far. Low in the upper 50s. High 73
DRIVE: 2 hours
We awoke to loons singing their songs out on the lake. We had a leisurely breakfast at my friend’s house, sipping on coffee as we gazed out onto the lake.
We took a nice walk and peeped at the other houses that surround the lake. Almost everyone has huge, fenced-in (for the deer) gardens. My friend loaded me up with some of her bounty – huge zucchini, zucchini muffins, and home-made pickles.
As we left, we saw a flock of wild turkeys and some skittish deer. The loons sang us a goodbye.
When I had previously called to make reservations at this Harvest Host site, the owner couldn’t have been nicer. They are only open on the weekends for wine-tastings, but said we could certainly park in his parking lot during the week. He said if he wasn’t in, he would leave us some wine in a cooler on the porch to taste and/or to buy. It turns out he was here at the farm, so he did a tasting for us, and we bought one of his cold-weather grape dry reds. The house where we tasted the wine used to be a granary that he had moved here. He left, and told us to make ourselves at home.
The grounds are beautiful
We sat in one of the garden areas, built a fire, and sipped on some wine. Our appetizer was snow peas dipped in hummus (made by our daughter’s boyfriend). The pheasants were honking in the fields next to us.
DINNER: “Everything but the kitchen sink” vegetable and meat melange. Needing to use some of the CSA vegetables that our daughter had given us plus the zucchini my friend gave us, I chopped lots of veg and sauteed together – onion, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, summer squash, and cauliflower. I added some pieces of leftover grilled steak. I made a cheese sauce and stirred it all together. Topped it off with kale pesto. It was so fresh and good. And……now I have more room in the refrigerator!