Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

September 20, 2013

2013 Farm Crawl coming up in October

Sunday, October 6th, 2013 from 11:00 am – 5:00pm


The Chronicle

PELLA — The original, the biggest, the best - Farm Crawl happens in coming this fall!  This is seventh annual Farm Crawl. Last year’s Farm Crawl attracted over 1,000 visitors to our small circle of farms.  Tour eight independent family farms in south-central Iowa as they jointly host open houses this October 6th.  Enjoy a leisurely autumn day “crawling” from farm to farm.  

Come visit south Marion County/north Lucas County (one hour south of Des Moines) to see each of our individual operations.  Tour the farms, visit the animals, meet the farmers, sample the goodies, opportunities to purchase locally grown & produced products, and lots of fun in the beautiful Iowa countryside as you drive yourself from farm to farm!  At several of the host farms will be guest area businesses and farms that produce fiber/yarn, photo cards, artisan beer, honey, pastry, wine, and pork.  Entrance to all of the farms is FREE (admission is charged to the corn maze at Dan-D Farms).  Special thanks to our major sponsor, Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)!



Visit the Farm Crawl website at www.FarmCrawl.com for more details, maps and directions.  NO PETS - for the safety of our farm animals and guests, please leave your animals at home.  The eight farms include:

Blue Gate Farm (Jill Beebout & Sean Skeehan) - Certified Naturally Grown, chemical-free produce, pastured eggs, and honey bees benefit our CSA and markets.  Sample homemade jams, jellies and honey; guided tours of the gardens and season-extending high tunnels.  Guests: Peace Tree Brewing Co. (Knoxville), Aunt Louise’s Cinnamon Rolls (Russell), Glorybe Photo Cards (Columbia) and Still Waters Fiber Farm (Pleasantville).  Cookies & herb lemonade.

Coyote Run Farm (Matt Russell & Patrick Standley) - A 110 acre farm being rebuilt to profitability through relational marketing and sustainable agriculture with chemical-free produce & cut flowers, pastured poultry & eggs, hormone-free/ grass-fed and grain-fed beef, and mules. Self-tour the farm and high tunnel.  Refreshments available.

 Crooked Gap Farm (Ethan & Rebecca Book) - A good representation of contemporary homesteading, the Books started their farm on an empty 40 acre piece that had been fallow fields and timber for many years.  They heritage and rare breed animals including woodlot pigs, grass-fed cattle, pastured lambs, pastured rabbit, pastured broilers, laying hens and guinea fowl.  Purchase meat and hand made soap.  Blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day.

 Dan-D Farms (Dan Dennison & Family) - 20 acre Corn Maze, racing pigs, barn yard animals, hay rides, giant slide, and pick-your-own pumpkins.  Refreshments available.

 Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch (John & Joy Pierce) - Thousands of different pumpkins, squashes, gourds, decorative corn and Halloween celebration décor.  Enjoy brisket or pork sandwiches, jumbo hotdogs and all the fixings.

 Reichert’s Dairy Air (Lois & Jack Reichert) - A small goat herd, micro-dairy with custom built milking barn and cheese-making plant.  Sample several varieties of delicious, award-winning, artisan cheeses and see the goat herd. Guests: Grape Escape Winery (Pleasantville) and The Stamps Family Farm (heritage pork from Chariton).

 Schneider Orchard (Arnie & Jane Schneider) - Stroll through the orchard, enjoy fresh fruit pie ala-mode, apple crisp and caramel apples. Tractor wagon rides for kids through the orchard.  Chariton FFA will be doing games and activities for the kids. We will have rope making demonstrations plus Pipers Candies will be on the grounds with special treats.

 White Breast Pottery and Weaving  (Sharon Seuferer & Carol Oliver) - Visitors will see how local clay, from beneath the waters of White Breast Creek, is used in making pottery that reflects the area.  View the beautiful loom-woven rugs made onsite.  Visit a herd of  miniature horses.  Pottery, broom-making and loom demonstrations.  Live music and refreshments.  Live music and refreshments. Guest: Marlys Sowers, basket weaving.