Flavors of Northwest Iowa Offers Last Culinary Tour of the Season

SHELDON, Iowa – Get on board for the last “Farm to Fork” culinary tour of the season hosted by Flavors of Northwest Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Farm to Fork tours connect people who want to know more about local foods with local producers.

“Research shows people want to know where their food is grown. Many search for locally grown food and we offer several opportunities to connect the people of Iowa to locally grown food,” said Margaret Murphy, ISU Extension and Outreach regional foods and master gardener coordinator. “This tour will not disappoint.”

The bus leaves at noon Thursday, Sept. 4 from Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, parking lot 1. The itinerary for the tour includes three stops.

Cottonwood Farms, Sheldon
Experience the three-generation family farm where heritage breeds of chickens and turkeys, both for meat and for eggs, are raised and have full run of the farm. Also, learn how Cottonwood Farms makes herbal lotions and oil blends from plants on the farm. A light lunch will be served.

Solsma’s Pumpkin Patch, Sanborn
This family farm grows pumpkins and gourmet popcorn and raise Hereford cattle. Included in this stop is a chance to visit with Heirloom Acres of Granville to learn about growing heirloom varieties and sample their salsa and homemade sourdough bread. Snacks served.

Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery, Inwood
Finish the day at this charming winery nestled among vine crops and featuring beautiful vistas from every window. This stop includes a tasting and dinner.

Reserve a seat
Seating is guaranteed with payment of $55 per person sent to the Lyon County Extension office. Registration form is available at the northwest Iowa county extension offices and can be downloaded from the Flavors of Northwest Iowa website. Deadline for registration is Aug. 29.

ISU Extension and Outreach Flavors of Northwest Iowa connects people to locally grown food and flavors in Northwest Iowa. Learn more at www.flavorsofnorthwestiowa.org, from any northwest Iowa county extension office or call the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Lyon County at 712-472-2576.