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Local Foods - Potatoes and Carrots

Local Harvest Featured in Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom



The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is again proud to feature local Iowa foods during the month of October. The Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Quantity Food Production Laboratory and HRIM Extension have partnered to bring some of Iowa’s harvest to your table as part of Iowa State University Farm to ISU program. This is one way to support Iowa food producers, and students become aware of the concept of purchasing foods from local, sustainable growers. This month, local potatoes and carrots are featured.


Norman McCoy was the grower for the potatoes featured in the Potato Soup. The potatoes are the Yukon Gold variety. These are very thin skinned with a light golden-tinged flesh and excellent flavor. Norman operates Pine Crest Farms located in rural Maxwell. He also specializes in growing multiple varieties of oriental vegetables.  Norman is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture.


"Pinecrest has been in my family since 1959. ISU has used our farm for a few research projects the past couple of years. We would be happy to show you the results. If you'd like some fresh produce, or just like a wild place to explore, our contact information is:

Norman McCoy, 11395 N.E. Hubbell Way
Maxwell, IA 50161

 515-967-2006 or at



Gary Guthrie has farmed his land outside Nevada for over 10 years. Growing Harmony Farm’s Carrots are the Bolero variety, which are very sweet and crisp.  Tearoom patrons enjoyed these carrots in a vegetable relish plate and in a fresh carrot cake.


Growing Harmony Farm is known throughout the region for the quality of the carrots and garlic. Gary is a frequent speaker at events that promote local food systems. Carrots and garlic are grown for direct delivery to consumers and restaurants as well as the CSA.  For more information contact Gary at 515-382-3117 or