Local Food

Farm Crawl        September 29, 2019 noon to 5 p.m.

The Farm Crawl is an event being planned by the UNI Local Food Program and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. The Farm Crawl is an opportunity for people to learn how local producers grow their food and manage their farms. You provide your own transportation and visit the farms at your own pace. You can visit just one or all of them. The more farms you visit the more chances you have to win local food gift certificates to area businesses. Thank you to Barn Happy, College Hill Farmers Market, Hanson's Hollow, Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, and Pablos for donating gift certificates. 

Check out the Farm Crawl Guide (map included) here.​



Participating Farms

MBS Family Farms

32859 110th St.

​Plainfield, IA

“Building a legacy through traditional family values." We are 5th generation family farm producing corn primarily for ethanol and soybeans primarily for seed.  Land stewardship has always been our focus and being a preferred employer in our local area is very important to us. There will be guided tours both walking and in our "party" bus.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.  

Timeless Prairie Orchard LLC

3049 280th St.

​Winthrop, IA

A family owned and operated 10 acre high density dwarf apple tree orchard growing 26 different apple varieties using Integrated Pest Management and Good Agricultural Practices. Our orchard has been awarded the Iowa State Fair Premier Exhibitor Award and numerous Blue Ribbons.  We sell at Farmer's Markets in Cedar Falls (both downtown and College Hill), Des Moines, Independence, Hiawatha,  and Iowa City.  Visit our small Orchard Market and taste our great tasting apples. Each 1/2 hour there will be a walking orchard tour including information about the ISU research project, processing building, and cold storage facilities.  The Orchard Market will have apple samples available where you can purchase apples and other goodies. 


3164 150th St.

​Lamont, IA

We are a new one acre market garden focuses on producing unique vegetables and flowers. We grow veggies without the use of any synthetic chemicals or fertilizer. Fresh, all natural produce direct to the consumer. Garden tours every hour with a tomato tasting at the end! A variety of veggies will be for sale as well as build your own flower bouquet. 

Hanson’s Hollow

5071 15th Ave.

​La Porte City, IA

We are a family friendly destination for fall produce and farm fun. We grow more than 100 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash, and also offer a petting zoo, playground and fall-inspired family photo settings. Burgers grilled by the Benton County Cattlemen will be available for purchase. There will be recipe samples using our fall produce and children's games. 

Beck Orchards

14124 Beck Rd.

​Buckingham, IA

Walking tours of the farmstead will be available and will include information about the apple trees (25 varieties), vegetables, perennial flower beds, meat goats, and their bee hives. Learn how and why they started an apiary. Fresh apple cider will be available and you can purchase apples in the repurposed red barn. 

Fitkin Popcorn LLC

5400 Ford Rd. 

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. The popcorn is grown using sustainable practices and the kitchen is licensed by the state. Jim Fitkin will answer all your questions about growing and storing popcorn. Check out the popcorn bar and enter to win a giant FIT-POP CUBE. Kids activities.



Local Food Producer and Local Food Buyer Networking   January 15, 2020

Local Food Dinner   February 5, 2020

Local Food & Film Festival   March 7, 2020







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