As in ugly Christmas sweaters! Imagine a bunch at brunch in totally tacky and wacky Christmas sweaters. Snarky snowmen, ridiculous reindeer, sappy Santas and more. If this sounds like your cup of tea (or other brunch bevvy), check this out!

By Peg Cameron Gill

If you’ve been itching to bust out your best wooly wonderland wear – ie, an ugly Christmas sweater – look no further. Rusted Route Farms in Jackson, MO, is holding an ugly Christmas Sweater Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 10 AM–1 PM. The event venue will be serving a delicious brunch menu prepared by its executive chef, executive pastry chef, and their staff. 

The brunch will include sweet and savory dishes, such as quiches, casseroles, breakfast pastries, muffins, fruit, and more. There will also be a charcuterie board, featuring award winning goat cheese from Baetje Farms in Bloomsdale, MO.

According to Rusted Route Farms Event Coordinator Christina Bachew, the owners of Baetje Farms  acquired Rustic Route Farms in January of 2022. The venue now offers a custom menu incorporating Baetje Farm’s world renowned artisan goat cheese, as well as its deep rooted traditional Cape Girardeau County options.. 

Adults can enjoy a mimosa or coffee bar, while kids can enjoy a hot cocoa bar. The Farms will have coloring pages for the kiddos, too, and festive holiday music playing..  

Tickets for adults are $25 a person, tickets for kids 12 and under are $12 , and kids age 2 and under are free. You can buy tickets here

Bachew says this is the first year for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Brunch. “We just wanted to do something fun, but nowhere around here was doing something like this.” The venue hosts a variety of brunch events throughout the year, including one on Mother’s Day. Bachew notes that the 2023 Mother’s Day Brunch had over 250 people. The Ugly Sweater Brunch, however, will be much more intimate, with only about 50 people. So better reserve your spots soon!

Bachew says the farms’ grounds will be open that day, and everyone is invited to take a tour and enjoy the ambience by strolling the grounds and viewing the water features.

Rusted Route Farms was originally built to be a homestead. It boasts a spring fed pond, creek, several species of nut trees, and a history of all-natural fruits, vegetables, pork, free-range chicken, and grass-fed beef and lamb.

Once a private property owned by the Strack family, Rusted Route Farms opened to the public for the first time with Jones Heritage Farm and Market. Heritage Farms brought the community to feast with its delectable brunch and a wide variety of all-natural goods. There were also several gatherings lending a sense of community to the property.

Why not order some award winning Baetji goat cheese and use it to make this delicious black bean veggie burger recipe?

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