Sunday, October 4th
from 11:00 am – 5:00pm
The original, the biggest, the best!
Eight independent family farm operations,
an easy drive of each other in south-central Iowa,
are jointly hosting open houses.
leisurely autumn day “crawling” from farm to farm
(Okay, you don't actually
crawl, you drive yourself between farms).
Come visit south Marion
County/north Lucas County (one hour south of
each of our individual operations.
farms, visit the animals,
meet the farmers,
see demonstrations, sample the goodies,
purchase locally grown & produced products,
and have lots of fun in the beautiful Iowa countryside! Visit special
guest vendors at many of the farms.
admission onto all of the farms.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and South Central Coop
Blue Gate Farm (Jill Beebout & Sean Skeehan)
Certified Naturally Grown,
chemical-free produce, pastured eggs, and honey bees servicing our
CSA and markets. Sample homemade preserve; guided tours of the farm and season-extending high tunnels; take home
some of our farm-fresh products.
New this year: a baby alpaca
Herb Lemonade and homemade
- Glorybe Photo Cards from Columbia, IA with
beautiful nature and farm pictures.
- Peace Tree Brewing Co. from Knoxville, IA will be sampling
some of their handcrafted beers and offering bottled root beer to
take home -
- Aunt Louise's Cinnamon
Rolls from Russell, IA. This is Jill's actual Aunt who makes
big and wonderful cinnamon rolls - come early before they sell out!
- Still Waters Fiber Farm from Pleasantville, IA,
demonstrating fiber spinning from rabbit fur.
- Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) will have a staffed
information booth with lots of literature.
Coyote Run Farm (Matt Russell & Patrick
A 110 acre farm being rebuilt to profitability through
relational marketing and sustainable agriculture that grows chemical-free produce & cut
pastured poultry & eggs,
hormone-free/grass-fed and grain-fed beef, hay, and mules.
farm and high
Complimentary borscht and dessert served throughout the day.
Crooked Gap Farm (Ethan
& Rebecca Book)
good representation of contemporary homesteading, the Books started
their farm on an empty 40 acre piece that had been fallow fields and
timber for many years. They built a house and outbuildings and now
raise heritage and rare breed animals including woodlot pigs, grass-fed
cattle, pastured lambs, pastured rabbit, pastured broilers, laying hens
and guinea fowl. Ethan and Rebecca also keep a large household garden
and fruit plantings. They will be taking reservations for whole/half
hogs and will also have their Crooked Gap Farmcrafted Soap and their
meat available to purchase so bring your cooler.
Blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the day.
Patch (John & Joy Pierce)
Thousands of different pumpkins, squashes, gourds, decorative corn and a
shop full of Halloween celebration décor.
Brisket and pork sandwiches, jumbo hotdogs and all the fixing available.
Pierce's Pumpkin Patch on FaceBook
Nearwood Winery (Knoxville)
Rob Wallace's Kettle
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Reichert’s Dairy Air
(Lois & Jack Reichert)
A small goat herd,
micro-dairy with custom built milking barn and cheese-making studio.
Sample some of the several varieties of delicious, award-winning,
and see the goat herd.
New this year: Angora goats!
- Grape Escape Vineyard & Winery from Pleasantville, IA offering samples
and sales of their wines -
- Ewenique Farms (Knoxville, IA) producer of sheep milk for
- FarmHer, an Iowa photographer documenting women in agriculture- www.farmher.com
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(Arnie & Jane Schneider)
Big crop of apples; stroll through
orchard; tractor wagon rides for the kids; photo ops
Chariton FFA will be doing games and activities for
the kids. Rope making demonstrations. Take home baked goods
and jellies. Something for
Homemade fresh fruit pie ala-mode, apple crisp, caramel apples available,
- Pipers Candies from Chariton, IA with special treats -
- Thelma Saxton from Carpenter Hall
(Chariton, IA) - fried chicken drumstick
- Chariton FFA will have games and activities for the kids
making demonstrations by Mark & Roma Snook
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White Breast Pottery and Weaving (Sharon
Seuferer & Carol Oliver)
Visitors can see how local clays, from beneath the
waters of White Breast Creek, are used in making pieces that reflect the
area. View the beautiful loom-woven rugs made onsight.
a herd of miniature horses.
Pottery, broom-making and loom demonstrations. Live music.
White Breast Pottery
- Maryls Sowers, basket weaving.
- 4-H Club from Pleasantville will be offering refreshments.
- Columbia Methodist Church will be offering jared cookie and pancake
mix (mission fundraiser)
Winding Brook Farm (Larry
& Genie Snuggs)
located on the Bauer Church
grounds (County Highway G-76 and 20th Place)
Farm collectibles, farm toys in various scales/sizes, farm related books
- all on show and for sale;
Display of antique tractors
(M, H, B, 4010, Ford); display and demonstration of vintage cream
separators; miniature baler demonstration.
- Rick's Farm Toys
- Mark's Treasure Chest