Where in central eastern Iowa - Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City, etc. to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: December 2014: Harvested local apples are still available at farmers and farmer's markets! And of course, you can cut your own Christmas tree, get one already cut or get a libing one to plant after Christmas - see this page.  Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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central eastern Iowa - Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City, etc. U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Benton County

  • Bloomsbury Farm - pumpkins, winter squash, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    3260 69th Street, Atkins, IA 52206. Phone: 319-446-7667. Fax: 319-446-7667. Email: karen@bloomsburyfarm.com. Click here for a map and directions. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Haunted barn, Western play area, Grandmas Playhouse, Pig races, pedal cart track, corn box, tractor tire maze. (ADDED: July 27, 2008)
    Comments from a visitor on September 22, 2008: "A wonderful place to visit. They made great improvements after the tornado hit their farm a few years ago and it is very kid friendly with lots of activities for them. We go every year!"
  • Great Inspirations Farm - Uses natural growing practices, beans, melons, peas, summer squash, winter squash, other vegetables,
    624 E 950 N, Westville, IN 46391. Phone: 219-929-1763. Email: greatinspirationsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Wednesday 12 pm to 5 pm; Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, May 15 to October 15. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: March 10, 2013)

Black Hawk County

  • Heartland Farms - pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    5111 Osage Road, Waterloo, IA 50703. Phone: 319-232-3779. Fax: 319-291-7287. Email: berrypumpkinfarm@earthlink.net. Open: Strawberry Season is June open 7 days a week hours are 8 am to 7 pm through straberry season; Mother Nature will dictate the exact days of June. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From exit 68 on Interstate 20 north 1 mile to Dubuque Road then 1 mile west to Elk Run Road then 1 mile North to Osage Road follow the signs.  Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries normally June 7 to July 4; Pumpkin Halloween Season is last week of September and all of October, hours Tuesday through Friday 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Since 1983 our family growing and ofering our best for your family. (UPDATED: September 20, 2011)

Cedar County

  • Lincolnway Flower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, farm animals, school tours
    2207 Old Lincoln Hwy, Lowden, IA 52255. Phone: 563 941-5417Directions: On Hwy 30 between De Witt and Cedar Rapids. West side of Lowden on Old Hwy 30. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October, November. Open: Call ahead for hours. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. Iron garden sculpture available for order.

Clinton County

  • Jost's Country Pickin' - strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    4 1/4 Miles North of Elvira (z36) On Blacktop, Bryant, IA 52727. Phone: 563-522-2305. Open: Daily from 7 am to 2 pm; Call for evening picking times. Directions: We are 4 1/4 miles North of Elvira on the Z36 Blacktop. There will be signs. Click here for a map and directions. Open for Pick Your Own in June; Our strawberries are so good!!. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: May 12, 2010)

Iowa County

  • Walking Stick Adventures Farm - apples, asparagus, blueberries, gooseberries, grapes, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (black), rhubarb, tomatoes, Other fruit or veg, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    2347 L Avenue, Williamsburg, IA 52361. Phone: 319-329-9821. Alternate Phone: 319-668-1355. Email: maria@walkingstickadventures.com. Open: Year-round; Mondays- 8am-9pm; Tuesday-Sunday-8am-1 pm. Directions: From I-80, exit 216 (KInze Exit) drive south 2miles to stop sign. Drive west 1 mile, take curve north ½ mile to first farm with red barn on west side of road to 2347 L Avenue , Williamsburg, IA 52361. Click here for a map and directions. Please contact us for Harvest dates. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Hazelnuts in September, Black walnuts in September/October. (ADDED: February 15, 2014)

Jackson County

  • Gravert's Apple Basket Orchard - apples, cherries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    54757 Highway 52, Sabula, IA 52070. Phone: 563-687-2298. Email: gravertorchard@gmail.com. Open: call or see their website. Directions: Seven miles north of Sabula on Highway 52. Forty miles south of Dubuque on Highway 52. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. PYO tart cherries available in late June. Call for specific dates and times. (ADDED: March 06, 2012)

Johnson County

  • Honey Creek Acres - apples, already-picked produce, gift shop, school tours
    799 Swisher View Drive SW, Swisher, IA 52338. Phone: (319) 857-4322. Fax: (319) 857-5068. Email: honeycreekacres@southslope.net. Open: Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday 10 am to 5 pm and by appointment. Directions: We are located just west of Interstate 380. Take Swisher Exit 10 and head west on Johnson County Highway F12(Division Street). Turn left at the Swisher Post Office on Swisher View Drive. Follow the curve and you will see us located on your right side. Look for the red apple house. For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Our honey is bottled onsite and made from bees that work on the orchard. Also offer home grown gourds and Indian corn, as well as apple wood for burning/smoking. Orders taken in the fall for cemetery mounds made onsite for the Christmas season - available for pick up in November. (UPDATED: August 30, 2009)
    Comments from a visitor on August 06, 2008:
    "Very nice scenery. A lot of hard work put into farm. First year open in a long time." (ADDED: August 06, 2008)
  • The Orchards on Sand Road - No pesticides are used, apples, blueberries, restrooms
    5888 Sand Road, Iowa City , IA 52240. Phone: 319-358-8107. Email: teresa-kane@uiowa.edu. Open: Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5 pm; closed on Sunday. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.  We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check.  Formerly called "Bock's Berry Farm & Country Gifts". Payment is on the honor system; leave moneys in the red apple at $3 a bushel(UPDATED: July 13, 2014) (UPDATED: September 05, 2013) (UPDATED: July 09, 2013)
  • St. Bridget's Flower Farm - Uses natural growing practices, flowers, already-picked produce, weddings and wedding parties
    1870 Street Bridget's Road, Solon, IA 52333. Phone: 319-624-3584. Email: cathy@stbridgetsfarm.com. Open: Please call or email for availability, or check website for details. Directions: Go east from Solon on East 5th Street seven miles to Street Bridget's Road. Take a right turn, we are the third driveway on the left. From Iowa City, take a right on Morse Road, continue five miles to Street Bridget's Road. Turn left, and continue almost 2 miles. We are on the right. Florist quality, fresh flowers available from June through October; Over seventy varieties of annuals and perennials, something for everyone!. Payment: Cash, Check. Due to ongoing construction, please call or email before coming to the farm. Buckets of flowers can be delivered for a reasonable rate. We will have available dates this summer for group outings, such as book clubs or meetings, bridal showers or church groups. Presentations are available on a variety of topics. Check out the website for upcoming information on Flower Camp, new this summer. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. (UPDATED: May 17, 2009)
  • Wilson's Orchard - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    2924 Orchard Lane NE, Iowa City, IA 52240. Phone: 319-354-5651. Alternate Phone: 319-541-7682. Email: info@wilsonsapples.com. Open: daily August through October; August and September hours are 10 am to 7 pm; October hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 2 miles north of I-80 (Exit 246) on Highway 1, then 1 mile east on Dingleberry Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: April 03, 2013)

Linn County

  • Simon Farm - corn (sweet), pumpkins,
    4647 Urbana Road, Center Point, IA 52213. Phone: 319-329-9144. Email: azskso@hotmail.com. Open: Seven day a week/ from 7am to 8pm. Directions: 1 mile north of Center Point on Urbana Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We will have some pumpkins on a hay rack in the front yard, if you would like to pick some for yourself please nock on the door. Feel free to pick as many ears of sweetcorn as you would like. (ADDED: March 07, 2011)
  • The Big Apple Orchard - apples, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    1117 Highway 30 W, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. Phone: 319-361-7692. Alternate Phone: 319-361-7691. Email: mwmarti@gmail.com. Open: Friday from 3 to 6pm; Saturday from 10am to 6pm; Sunday from 11am to 6pm, September 1 to October 31. Directions: Located 2 miles west of Mount Vernon IA and 3/4 mile east of Palisades State Park on north side of Highway 30. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Apples, pumpkins, honey from local hives, fresh apple cider pressed locally, bakery and ice cream, gift shop, picnic area, birthday parties, wedding and graduation parties, and school tours. (ADDED: September 09, 2014)

Muscatine County

  • Anderson Farm - Lamb, gift shop, farm animals (not really a PYO, but a place for fresh lamb and to see farm animals)
    1575 Underwood Avenue, Muscatine, IA 52761. Phone: 563-264-2209 And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available all year. Open: 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm, except for Sunday morning. We are closed Sunday morning. Payment: Cash, Check. We raise quality GRASS-FED LAMB and offer sheepskins and sheepskin rugs. We have freshwater pearls in our gift shop. We accept Paypal also.

Scott County

  • Miss Effie's Country Flowers and Garden Stuff - flowers, and prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand
    27387 130th Avenue, Donahue, IA 52746. Phone: 563-282-4338. Email us at: cmlafrenz@netins.net. Open: Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9am to 3 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday.  Directions: 1 mile east and 1/4 mile north of Don's Pub in beautiful downtown Donahue! And for a map to our farm, click here.Payment: Cash, Check. One gallon jug of flowers for only $15! Fresh eggs and homemade jams available. Member-- Buy Fresh, Buy Local. Click here for our Facebook page. The Summer Kitchen is open year round, filled with locally made goodies and needlework. (UPDATED: May 28, 2012)
  • Pride of the Wapsi - strawberries.
    14600 305th St, Long Grove, IA 52756. Phone: (563) 285-8180‎. Email: prideofthewapsi@gmtel.net. Open: See their website for hours. Whether it’s picking strawberries in June, baking pie with rhubarb or cherries, eating fresh sweet corn off the cob, shopping our stand on the roadside or local farmer’s market, jamming ripe red raspberries, or selecting that perfect pumpkin straight from the patch in October, our farm is definitely going to be a blast for the entire family from age one to 100. Yes, even residents from local nursing homes enjoy fun filled wagon rides around the farm while observing the change of the seasons. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 08, 2009)

Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Black Hawk County

  • Heartland Farms - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Indoor market, Preserves, jams, jellies, asparagus, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    5111 Osage Road, Waterloo, IA 50703. Phone: 319-232-3779. Fax: 319-291-7287. Email: berrypumpkinfarm@earthlink.net. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From exit 68 on Interstate 20 north 1 mile to Dubuque Road then 1 mile west to Elk Run Road then 1 mile North to Osage Road follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries normally June 7 to July 4; Pumpkin Halloween Season is last week of September and all of October, hours Tuesday through Friday 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Since 1983 our family growing and ofering our best for your family. Plenty of parking, on farm store with cold storage and food service area, place to wash up after your picking, get a drink and a bite to eat. (UPDATED: September 20, 2011)

Buchanan County

Clayton County

Delaware County

Dubuque County

Johnson County

  • Wilson's Orchard - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), apples, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    2924 Orchard Lane NE, Iowa City, IA 52240. Phone: 319-354-5651. Alternate Phone: 319-541-7682. Email: info@wilsonsapples.com. Open: daily August through October; August and September hours are 10 am to 7 pm; October hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 2 miles north of I-80 (Exit 246) on Highway 1, then 1 mile east on Dingleberry Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: April 03, 2013)

Jones County

Linn County

  • Bass Farms - Uses natural growing practices, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Covered outdoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs/spices, onions, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    Across From Palisades-kepler State Park 1325 Highway 30 West, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. Phone: 319-895-6480. Email: grangergal@bassfarms.org. Open: Summer/fall June 15 to October 31 Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 5 pm; Monday closed; Winter/spring November to June 15 hours vary or by appointment, please check blog or call (319)8956480 for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Bass Farms is located on Highway 30 (US 30) between I-380 and Mount Vernon, Iowa, approx. 4 miles west of Mount Vernon. From the I-380 and Highway 30 intersection (at the southern edge of Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Bass Farms is about 19 miles east. Bass Farms is 4 miles west of Mount Vernon. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. If you have a special request for an event or tour that you think might be well served by Bass Farms venue please call Tiffany at (319)895-6480 and we will be pleased to discuss any request. (ADDED: September 05, 2010)
  • Baumhoefener's Red Barn Market - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, Indoor market, Fresh local eggs, Other fruit or veg,
    4241 Johnson Avenue N.W., Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. Phone: 319 396-5522. Alternate Phone: same. Fax: 319 396-1975. Email: bninc4@qwestoffice.net. Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm; Sunday 12pm to 4pm; Open year round, hours to change some durning winter months. Directions: We are at the corner of Johnson Avenue and Wiley Blvd. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. We now carry a nice variety of bulk foods, such as pasta's, dried fruits, snacks, and many dried herbs and spices. Artichokes, collards, kale, leeks, leaf lettuces, shallots. (ADDED: August 25, 2011)
  • Hoffman Farms MV - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), asparagus, beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes,
    625 West Mount Vernon Road, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. Phone: 319-241-2100. Alternate Phone: 319-533-1985. Email: hoffmanfarmsmv@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday Call. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. Muskmelon, Watermelon, Zucchini, Ornamental Corn Specializing in greenhouse grown tomatoes. (ADDED: April 25, 2014)
  • The Big Apple Orchard - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, apples, pumpkins, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    1117 Highway 30 W, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. Phone: 319-361-7692. Alternate Phone: 319-361-7691. Email: mwmarti@gmail.com. Open: Friday from 3 to 6pm; Saturday from 10am to 6pm; Sunday from 11am to 6pm, September 1 to October 31. Directions: Located 2 miles west of Mount Vernon IA and 3/4 mile east of Palisades State Park on north side of Highway 30. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Apples, pumpkins, honey from local hives, fresh apple cider pressed locally, bakery and ice cream, gift shop, picnic area, birthday parties, wedding and graduation parties, and school tours. (ADDED: September 09, 2014)

Local Honey Sources:

Johnson County

  • Wilson's Orchard - Honey (retail), Comb honey, Raw honeys, Pasteurized honey, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    2924 Orchard Lane NE, Iowa City, IA 52240. Phone: 319-354-5651. Alternate Phone: 319-541-7682. Email: info@wilsonsapples.com. Open: daily August through October; August and September hours are 10 am to 7 pm; October hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 2 miles north of I-80 (Exit 246) on Highway 1, then 1 mile east on Dingleberry Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: April 03, 2013)

Linn County

  • Bass Farms - Uses natural growing practices, Honey (retail), Comb honey, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    Across From Palisades-kepler State Park 1325 Highway 30 West, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. Phone: 319-895-6480. Email: grangergal@bassfarms.org. Open: Summer/fall June 15 to October 31 Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 5 pm; Monday closed; Winter/spring November to June 15 hours vary or by appointment, please check blog or call (319)8956480 for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Honey updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Bass Farms is located on Highway 30 (US 30) between I-380 and Mount Vernon, Iowa, approx. 4 miles west of Mount Vernon. From the I-380 and Highway 30 intersection (at the southern edge of Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Bass Farms is about 19 miles east. Bass Farms is 4 miles west of Mount Vernon. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. If you have a special request for an event or tour that you think might be well served by Bass Farms venue please call Tiffany at (319)895-6480 and we will be pleased to discuss any request. Hives on the farm help pollinate our crops. All honey is from Iowa hives. (ADDED: September 05, 2010)
  • The Big Apple Orchard - Honey (retail), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    1117 Highway 30 W, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. Phone: 319-361-7692. Alternate Phone: 319-361-7691. Email: mwmarti@gmail.com. Open: Friday from 3 to 6pm; Saturday from 10am to 6pm; Sunday from 11am to 6pm, September 1 to October 31. Directions: Located 2 miles west of Mount Vernon IA and 3/4 mile east of Palisades State Park on north side of Highway 30. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Apples, pumpkins, honey from local hives, fresh apple cider pressed locally, bakery and ice cream, gift shop, picnic area, birthday parties, wedding and graduation parties, and school tours. (ADDED: September 09, 2014)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Black Hawk County

  • Heartland Farms - Lighting, Cooking Facilities, Birthday parties, Business meetings, Business outings, PR or Marketing events, Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, Other Private Parties, Kitchen facilities available, You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Some Linens and table silverware are provided, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Pumpkin patch, goats, horses, chickens, Beautiful rural setting, Fishing nearby, boating nearby, horse riding, golf nearby, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, Smoking permitted, handicap accessible, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    5111 Osage Road, Waterloo, IA 50703. Phone: 319-232-3779. Fax: 319-291-7287. Email: berrypumpkinfarm@earthlink.net. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Venue updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From exit 68 on Interstate 20 north 1 mile to Dubuque Road then 1 mile west to Elk Run Road then 1 mile North to Osage Road follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries normally June 7 to July 4; Pumpkin Halloween Season is last week of September and all of October, hours Tuesday through Friday 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Since 1983 our family growing and ofering our best for your family. We will work with you make your event at our farm happen without a hitch. We have worked with scout troops, large corporations local congregations and law enforcement, we look forward to your challange. (UPDATED: September 20, 2011)

Iowa County

  • Walking Stick Adventures Farm - Birthday parties, Business outings, Filming or photo shoots, Classes, lectures or Speakers, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, Other Private Parties, Lighting, Cooking Facilities, You may bring your own food, Tables and chairs are Provided , Some Linens and table silverware are provided, Peach/Nectarine, Apricot, etc. Orchard, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Beautiful rural setting, Hiking trails, Fishing onsite, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, Pets welcome, handicap accessible, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    2347 L Avenue, Williamsburg, IA 52361. Phone: 3193299821. Alternate Phone: 3196681355. Email: maria@walkingstickadventures.com. Open: All Day Monday, from 8am to 9 pm; Tuesday - Sunday, from 8 am to 1 pm; year - round. Directions: From I-80, exit 216 (KInze Exit) drive south 2miles to stop sign. Drive west 1 mile, take curve north ½ mile to first farm with red barn on west side of road to 2347 L Avenue , Williamsburg, IA 52361. Click here for a map and directions. Please contact us for Harvest dates;. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Hazelnuts in September, Black walnuts in September/October. Walking Stick Adventures Farm offers pick your own fruits and vegetables in season including hazelnuts in the fall. We also offer outdoor, hands on experiences and educational activities for families, adult and youth groups. We also offer small acreage wildlife habitat improvement consults and field classes. Our "bed and breakfast" is a 18ft tipi on a private 4 acre pond site. Bring your own sleeping bags and food. (ADDED: February 15, 2014)

Johnson County

  • Wilson's Orchard - Wedding Ceremony, Birthday parties, Business meetings, Business outings, Corporate events, Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, You may bring your own food, Bring Your Own Tables and chairs, Bring your own linens and table silverware, BYO alcohol, Hotel nearby, Apple Orchard, Pumpkin patch, Beautiful rural setting, Internet (Wireless), Phone available, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, No smoking allowed, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    2924 Orchard Lane NE, Iowa City, IA 52240. Phone: 319-354-5651. Alternate Phone: 319-541-7682. Email: info@wilsonsapples.com. Open: We do not allow weddings at the orchard from August through October (during our season), but any other months we offer our location for events. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 2 miles north of I-80 (Exit 246) on Highway 1, then 1 mile east on Dingleberry Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: April 03, 2013)

Farm Bed And Breakfasts

Iowa County

  • Walking Stick Adventures Farm - 1 total room, Price range from $95 to $95, Beautiful rural setting, Hiking trails, Fishing onsite, children welcome, Pets welcome, No smoking allowed, handicap accessible, PYO fruit, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    2347 L Avenue, Williamsburg, IA 52361. Phone: 3193299821. Alternate Phone: 3196681355. Email: maria@walkingstickadventures.com. Directions: From I-80, exit 216 (KInze Exit) drive south 2miles to stop sign. Drive west 1 mile, take curve north ½ mile to first farm with red barn on west side of road to 2347 L Avenue , Williamsburg, IA 52361. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Hazelnuts in September, Black walnuts in September/October. Our site is an 18ft tipi, that sleeps 6-8 people.to sleep in small beach and fishing jetty, prairie trails and small woods to explore. Recreation equipment such as kayaks, canoe, fishing equipment and pond nets are included. We have everything you might need for cooking marshmallows to Dutch oven cooking. Clients only need to bring their food, bait and sleeping bags. Water and electricity are available. Photos: Click here for photos of the rooms and farmhouse. (ADDED: February 15, 2014)

Wholesale Foods

Black Hawk County

  • Heartland Farms - Local sales at our farm, Local delivery, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), asparagus, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    5111 Osage Road, Waterloo, IA 50703. Phone: 319-232-3779. Fax: 319-291-7287. Email: berrypumpkinfarm@earthlink.net. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From exit 68 on Interstate 20 north 1 mile to Dubuque Road then 1 mile west to Elk Run Road then 1 mile North to Osage Road follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries normally June 7 to July 4; Pumpkin Halloween Season is last week of September and all of October, hours Tuesday through Friday 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Since 1983 our family growing and ofering our best for your family. Wholesale to local institutions with in season produce. We can deliver out of state if the deal warrents it. (UPDATED: September 20, 2011)

 

 

 

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