In recognition of National Ag Week for the past 31 years the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce has a banquet for area farmer and ranchers. At the banquet they honor the Ag Employee of the Year, Agri-Service of the Year and the highlight is the Farm Family of the Year.
For 2011 they honored the Max & Theresa McFarland family as the Farm Family of the Year. Their farm is a little different than what we are used to in central Nebraska, they raise grapes and run Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyard. They purchased an acreage north of Lexington in 1999 and planted their first vines in 2000. The first harvest was in 2002 and by 2003 they had won three bronze medals at the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition.
Now they are winning gold and double gold medals at competitions all over the United States, competing against wines from all over the world. Quite an accomplishment for such a short time.
They also have a wonderful tasting room that is open most days in the summers and weekends in the winter. Our family has been there for family reunions and anniversaries. They have developed quite a reputation for their theme parties and their Friday with Friends from 5-9 p.m. is very popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.
If you are ever in or around Lexington it would be worth your while to stop off at Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyard. Their webpage is http://www.macscreekvineyards.com/