WANDERLUST - October 2018
Locally Made Foodie Stops in Fredericksburg, Texas
By Jill Dutton
Farm-to-table. Pick-your-own. What about locally made? Next time you visit Fredericksburg, Texas, plan to savor these locally-made favorites.
Specializing in liquid-center chocolates filled with spirits, wine, coffee, and fruit nectar, Chocolat is the sole American manufacturer using the European method which dates back nearly two centuries. Locally made and more than 28 years in business, Chocolat also offers silky fudge, truffles, colettes barks, caramels, and more.
Das Peach Haus
Fischer & Wieser’s Das Peach Haus is home to all of Fischer & Wieser’s award-winning local products, from The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce to Mom’s Garlic & Basil Pasta Sauce. It is also home to the new Culinary Adventure Cooking School, which utilizes Fischer & Wieser products and other local ingredients.
Open since 1986, Dutchman’s Market offers a fresh local meats counter, meat condiments, a cheese and smoked meats counter, and sandwiches made fresh every day. Custom butchering and processing is also available.
Fredericksburg Brewing Company
Brewing beer in Fredericksburg since 1994, the Fredericksburg Brewing Company is the oldest brewpub in Texas and offers award-winning fresh ales and German-style lagers brewed on-site in copper kettles. Grab a growler to fill up and take home with you, or even get a to-go cup to sip as you browse Main Street shops.
Completely made from scratch, Fredericksburg Fudge and Sundries uses all natural ingredients and no preservatives or fillers for their decadent fudge. They also offer more than 60 different candies, as well as daily samples of their sweets.
Fredericksburg Pecan Company
Opened a little more than 15 years ago, Fredericksburg Pecan Company offers local Texas Hill Country 100 percent natural pecans and pecan products, from the pure pecan to chocolate covered and spiced pecans, as well as gifts and tins.
La Bergerie Market
The newest store on this list, La Bergerie Market, is stocked with wines, house-made charcuterie, hand-selected cheeses, Joju Bakery breads, and plenty of gift items.
Opa’s Smoked Meats
Established in Fredericksburg about 60 years ago, Opa’s Smoked Meats crafts hand-made sausages using traditional methods, as well as other slow-smoked meats and hand-crafted head cheese, all made on-site. Pop in any time during operating hours for a sample.
Elk Store Winery & Distillery
Following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Todd Smajstrla, along with Scott Hladky, two Czech brothers from two different mothers, proudly produce small batch moonshine, gin, rum, and whiskey from a one-of-a-kind handmade Kentucky copper still.
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Jill Dutton is publisher of Evolving Magazine. Nearly four years ago she began traveling the US by train and plane writing feature articles and a series of guidebooks. While traveling she seeks out what foods are indigenous to an area, the local food scene, outdoor activities, wine & spirits, and wellness modalities. Readers of Jill’s blog (www.USAbyRail.blog) have come to expect an intimate look at authentic travel experiences. Find Jill’s travel guide: Best of Kansas City: 3-Day Itinerary at Unanchor.com.