The public is invited to visit five local farms during the inaugural Taste of Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The event is free and for all ages.
Five independent family farm operations between Decorah and Waukon are jointly hosting open houses. Participants will learn how local farmers grow and process their food, and manage their farms on this self-guided tour.
"Explore the farms, meet the farmers, see demonstrations, sample the goodies, purchase locally grown and produced products, and have lots of fun in this part of the Driftless Region," said Teresa Wiemerslage, regional program coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach and the NE Iowa Food and Farm Coalition (NIFF). "The farms are all within an easy drive of each other."
Host farms include Kymar Acres, Green Thumb Produce, Peake Orchards, Empty Nest Winery and the WW Homestead Dairy retail store and processing facility in Waukon.
But wait, Wiemerslage said there’s more! "We encourage visitors to become a Buy Fresh, Buy Local VIP!" she said. "For a $20 donation, you can support the work to create opportunities for farmers and to build the local food system. In appreciation, you will receive a sheet of special coupons for extra special treatment on the crawl."
For a map and details about each farm, visit the NIFF Coalition website at www.iowafreshfood.com.