Where in Iowa to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: February 2016: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.) 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!
- To see the pick-your-own farms and orchards for this area, click here or scroll down the page
- Crop availability / harvest calendar
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
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!
Cerro Gordo County
Furleigh Farms - Vegetables, Melons, Pumpkins,
Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Corn Maze
811 North 56th Street, Clear Lake, IA, 50428 . Phone: 641-357-4097. Directions: Furleigh Farms is located two miles east of Interstate 35 on Highway 122. (UPDATED: May 24, 2015, JBS)
Rawson's Berries -
Peas, Asparagus, Strawberries & Raspberries
13814 220th Street, West Union, IA 52175. Phone: 563-422-3716. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: 2.5 miles west of Fayette County Fairgrounds, West Union, IA. (Their website is down and their blog hasn't been updated since 2009, so I think they may have close down.)
- Briar Patch Farm -
Uses natural growing practices,
beans, raspberries (Autumn, red), tomatoes, Fresh eggs
2806 River Road, Decorah, IA 52101. Phone: 563-382-4462. Email: email@example.com. Open: Monday to Friday, from 8am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 7 am to 5 pm; June 1 to October 31. Directions: Follow River Road past Walmart; thru Freeport and past the Upper Damn. Focal Point: Small hip-roof barn, house with brick porch. If you get the the Upper Damn, turn around and we are the first farm on the left. See you here. It will be our pleasure. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: August 20, 2015)
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[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!] [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]
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