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Family farms open their doors for Farm Crawl Oct. 1

Sep 25, 2017

Seven independent family farms are opening their doors on Oct. 1 for the annual South Marion County and North Lucas County farm crawl.

Participants can enjoy a leisurely fall day viewing individual family farm operations including a sampling of goodies, visiting animals and discovering locally grown and produced products. At several of the host farms will be guest area businesses and farmers that produce fiber and yarn, photo cards, artisan beer, honey, desserts, wine, sausage, pork and more. For safety of the farm animals and other guests, no pets are allowed.

The farm crawl this year is sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and South Central Coop.

Blue Gate Farm, run by Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan, offers examples of certified naturally grown, chemical-free produce, pastured eggs and honey bees. Guests can sample homade jams, go on guided tours of the gardens and visit the chickens and alpaca. Guest area businesses will be Peace Tree Brewing Co., of Knoxville; Aunt Louise’s Cinnamon Rolls, of Russell; Glorybe Photo Cards, of Columbia; and Still Wateres Fiber Farm, of Pleasantville. Homemade cookies and her lemonade will be available.

At Matt Russell and Patrick Standley’s Coyote Run Farm, there will be complimentary borscht soup and desserts. The Coyote Run Farm is a 110 acre chemical-free, sustainable farm growing chemical-free produce, eggs from hens on pasture and hormone-free, grass-fed beef and mules. Walk the farm to see livestock and learn about their integrated product systems, including a high tunnel.

Crooked Gap Farm, run by Ethan and Rebecca Book, showcases heritage and rare breed animals, including woodlot pigs, grass-fed cattle, pastured lambs, pastured rabbit, pastured broilers and laying hens. Here, there will be meat and handmade soup for purchase. Guest businesses include Story City Locker, Marion County 4-H, and blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day with antique tractors on display.

Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch, by John and Joy Pierce, features thousands of different pumpkins, squashes, gourds, decorative corn and Halloween celebration decor. There will be brisket or pork sandwiches and jumbo hot dogs. Guest businesses will be Nearwood Winery, of Knoxville, and Wallace Kettle Corn.

Arnie and Jane Schneider’s Orchard has fresh fruit pie ala-mode, apple crisp and caramel apples to enjoy while strolling through the orchard. This farm is kid-friendly, with tractor wagon rides through the orchard, a scenic sky high look from the tree house, and games and activities with Chariton FFA. Guest businesses will be Pipers Candies, of Chariton; Thelma Saxton’s fried chicken, of Chariton; and Mark and Roma Snook’s rope making. Live music will be performed by Albert Butler and Friends.

At Trojan Iron Works, by Monte Collins and Erin Cook with Pleasantville FFA students, guests can enjoy the family-oriented entertainment. Students will be selling metal artwork, including barn quilts and farm decor. There also will be cotton candy, cheese curds and beef sticks. They will be taking orders for beef and pork raised at the Pleasantville FFA Teaching Farm. Other children activities include calf roping, cheese welding, face painting and a corn pile to play in. Guests here will be the Iowa State Fair Cowgirl Queen contestant Alexandria McKibbin and Royce Johns singer/songwriter from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Trojan Iron Works is co-sponsored by the People’s Bank of Pleasantville.

White Breast Pottery and Weaving, by Sharon Seuferer and Carol Oliver, will feature clay from beneath the waters of White Breast Creek. On display will be pottery that reflects the area and loom woven rugs made onsite. Here, guests can visit a herd of miniature horses and see Seuferer’s log carving projects. There will be live music and refreshments.

Visit the Farm Crawl website at for more details, maps and directions. Farm Crawl is Sunday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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