ENJOY FARMERS’ MARKETS? YOU’LL LOVE “FRESH ON THE FARM”!
September 13, 2016
“Get a Taste of Franklin County” Sept. 25 at 4th Annual Farm Crawl
Get a taste of wholesome goodness, Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 5 PM during the 4th annual Fresh on the Farm event in Franklin County. Sample homegrown foods as you ramble across the county side, stopping at these three host farms: Carlson Learning Tree Lodge, Enchanted Acres and TownsEnd Winery.
“Fresh on the Farm is a series of free, on- farm tours that provide the public an opportunity to meet local farmers, learn about their farms, sample the foods they grow and purchase their products,” says Jan Libby, coordinator, Healthy Harvest of North Iowa. “Each farm will have products for sale, so visitors are encouraged to pack a cooler and shop along the route.”
See why fresh is best! You’ll have a chance to sample vine-ripened tomatoes, homemade pumpkin butter, locally produced honey and fresh baked bread, cookies and other sweets. Each host site will feature additional local producers including:
Enchanted Acres, 1071 250th Street, Sheffield. Shannon Latham, owner. Goats and a playground with tire swings offer endless entertainment. New this year is a “corn pool” where kids can load toy trucks or shovel it into buckets. Pic your own pumpkins and take a hayride, too. The Iowa Grill food truck will serve quintessential fare including pork chops and ribeye sandwiches. Sample wines from award-winning Train Wreck Winery. You’ll find homemade jams and jellies, bread and dip mixes, as well as honey, pumpkin butter and apple butter for sale. There will be an array of fresh produce for sale including spaghetti squash and baking squashes.
Carlson Tree Farm, 867 130th Street, Hampton. Dennis and Cathy Carlson owners. Be sure to buy Cathy’s fresh, delicious cookies! You’ll find unique local products here including aronia berries, grilled goat and ostrich. Local producers will be glad to discuss how healthy their products are and answer your questions. The Carlson’s granddaughters will sell apples, and their son will be selling beautiful furniture handmade from whiskey barrels. You also can also buy goat’s milk soap at this stop.
TownsEnd Winery, 2138 160th Street. Hansell. Judy & Vernon Harper, owners. Check out the winery’s new 2016 releases, and dine on barbecue from We “B” Smokin’ of Dumont. You’ll also find assorted baked goods from Creative Moments Bakery. Karen Koening will offer a variety of fresh garden produce for sale. You’ll be able to sample and buy fresh apples, too. In addition, Two Juhls and a Gem will perform from 2 to 4 PM.
“Fresh on the Farm in Franklin County” is sponsored in part by Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Franklin County Tourism.