Every year, family farms in Southern Iowa opens their farms to the public on a day called Farm Crawl. This year seven farms participated on a beautiful sunny, Sunday afternoon.
The seven farms included
- Blue Gate Farm – (Jill Beebout & Sean Skeehan) – a Certified Naturally Grown, chemical-free produce farm with pastured eggs, and honey bees servicing our CSA and DM farmers market.
- Coyote Run Farm – (Matt Russell & Patrick Standley) – a 110 acre farm rebuilding to profitability through relational marketing and sustainable agriculture that grow chemical-free produce & cut flowers, pastured poultry & eggs, hormone-free beef & grass fed beef, hay, and mules.
- Dan-D Farm – (Dan & Jana Dennison) – 18 acre corn maze, racing pigs, barnyard animals, hay rides, and a giant slide.
- Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch – (John & Joy Pierce) – thousands of different pumpkins, squashes, gourds, and decorative corn.
- Reichert’s Dairy Air - (Lois & Jack Reichert) – a state licensed goat micro dairy that recently moved into a custom built milking barn and cheese-making building.
- Schneider Orchards – (Arnie & Jane Schneider) – fresh Iowa grown apples!
- White Breast Pottery – (Sharon Seuferer & Carol Oliver) Local clays in making pieces that reflect our area.
By the time we had gotten out of church, rounded up all the kids, and ate lunch, we were only able to make it to three farms. Reichert’s Dairy Air, Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch, and Blue Gate Farm. I was a little saddened to have missed Coyote Run, however, I have already spent a day on their farm helping them process chickens which you can see here.
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Reichert’s Dairy Air
Lois and Jack Reichert’s goat micro dairy is impecable. It’s a beautiful clean facility with healthy La Mancha goats. Lois Reichert uses the milk to produce one of our communities most popular goat cheeses. From Chevre to Robiola, Lois Reichert has mastered the skill of cheesemaking! I wish I would have been able to hear more about the production, however, I had 3 rambunctious kids to catch!