UNI Local Food Program

Creating a regional food and agriculture system that benefits local land and local people

Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership

Farm Crawl 2017

(including the Buchanan County Farm to Fork Harvest Celebration)

Sunday, October 8, 2017  /  12:00-5:00 p.m.

The Farm Crawl is an event being planned by the Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership. The Farm Crawl is an opportunity for people to learn how local producers grow their own food and manage their farms. People can visit the farms and locations at their own pace and visit all of them or some of them. The focus is to educate people through family friendly activities for all ages. There may be farm tours, self-guided tours, local food for purchase, and hot food for purchase.

LOCATIONS (Click here for a printable guide)

  • 1- Fitkin Popcorn
    3701 Ford Road, Cedar Falls, IA
    Learn all about one of America’s favorite snacks, popcorn! FITKIN Popcorn, the producers of FIT-POP, is part of a fourth generation family farm located in northeast Iowa. Jim Fitkin will answer all your questions about growing and storing popcorn. Try some delicious popcorn samples and buy some to bring home for snacking. Visitors will also learn about growing tomatoes in a high tunnel.

  • 2- Beck’s Orchard
    14124 Beck Road, Buckingham, IA
    Take an orchard tour and operate the cider press. Learn about in-season varieties and the orchard manager’s collection of antique apple varieties. Enjoy tasting apple samples and buy some apples to take home with you! Get to know Beck’s goats and learn more about how their special breed is gaining popularity as a lean, tasty, nutrient dense source of protein. The Beck’s beautiful barn was moved to the farm and re-imagined for orchard business in 2015. There will be brief barn talks about the transformation on the hour. No restrooms at this location.

  • 3- Big Rock Bison
    13906 Kimball Ave, Buckingham, IA
    Visit the Yuska family farm to learn more about our national mammal, the American bison! Discover the history of the bison in the United States and the future of the bison production with a short presentation given by farm owners at the beginning of each hour. Enjoy educational hands-on activities and see these great animals in person. Frozen bison meat will be available for purchase. When visiting Big Rock Bison, please keep your hands out of the enclosure for your safety and for the safety of the bison! No restrooms at this location.

  • 4- Union High School (La Porte-Dysart FFA)
    403 Oak Street, La Porte City, IA
    Join FFA members at their outdoor horticulture laboratory that features semi-dwarf and dwarf apple trees, trellised table grapes, garden fruits and vegetables grown in raised beds, and Christmas trees. All produce is used by the school lunch program. You will have the opportunity to join the FFA members in agriculture related games and activities! No restrooms at this location. You may park on both sides of the street.

  • 5- Hanson’s Hollow
    5071 15th Avenue, La Porte City, IA
    A fall fun destination that is family owned and operated by the Hanson Family of La Porte City! The Hanson’s grow more than 100 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and winter squash that will be for sale. Recipe sampling, petting zoo, playground and other children’s activities will make for an entertaining afternoon in the country. A hot meal will be available for purchase from award-winning barbecuers, “Smokin’ on the Cedar.” Enjoy lunch or an early dinner in the country! Carry-outs also available.

  • 6- Timeless Prairie Orchard
    3049 280th St., Winthrop, IA
    Visit this 10 acre high density dwarf apple tree orchard with 5000 trees and 25 varieties of apples and Asian pears. This family owned orchard has been awarded the Iowa State Fair “Premier Exhibitor” Award and numerous Blue Ribbons. At the beginning of each half hour there will be tours of the newly planted trees and education about their growing and irrigation practices . Visit the Farm Market and see the apple processor and storage cooler housing over 500 bushels. Tastings of unique apple apples will be available along with apple cider being fresh squeezed form a local apple press. Restrooms available.

  • 7- Rainbow Acres
    215 Rainbow Ave, Rowley, IA (Last driveway on the left. Watch for signs.)
    Donna and her late husband, Kenny, moved to Rowley in 1993 purchasing 13.2 acres. Donna has been selling all kinds of fresh produce, baked goods, crochet towels and lap throws at the Independence Farmers Market for nearly 10 years.  Come take a look at the garden at your own pace and see what it has to offer this time of year!  Nine acres of the farm is currently in soybean production and a few acres is going to be sewn into a pollinator habitat this fall. Restrooms available.

  • 8- Lindsay Dairy LLC
    1919 Buchanan-Delaware Ave., Masonville, IA
    Lindsay Dairy LLC is a modern-day, family dairy farm. The family is the third generation of farmers! They average around 260 milking cows that they milk twice-a-day in a double 8 parlor. Come to learn how milk is great for you and see a working dairy farm!  Tours of the farm will be given every half-hour. Restrooms available.

  • 9- Lauric Farms Ltd.
    3159 135th St., Lamont, IA
    Come learn about grass fed mini-Hereford heritage cattle! We produce natural, hormone-free portion size beef. Visitors are welcome to walk around the farm and get a feel of the farm life! Restrooms available.

  • 10- Farm to Fork Harvest Celebration Dinner
    3159 135th St., Lamont, IA
    Join Buchanan County for their annual local food dinner at Independence High School from 5-6:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious meal made from local products! Tickets are $10 per person, ages 12 and under are free. Purchase your tickets ahead of time (at the Extension office or the Independence Farmers Market) to guarantee entry into this fabulous farm to fork celebration-only 80 spots available! Restrooms available.