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October 5, 2012

Farm Crawl is Sunday

Knoxville —  

The sixth annual Farm Crawl is coming soon. Tour eight independent family farms in south-central Iowa as they jointly host open houses Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Enjoy a leisurely autumn day “crawling” from farm to farm.  

Tour the farms, located in southern Marion County/northern Lucas County, and visit the animals, meet the farmers, sample the goodies, purchase locally grown and produced products, and have 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, 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). 

Visit the Farm Crawl website at www.FarmCrawl.com for more details, maps and directions.  For the safety of our farm animals and guests, please leave your animals at home.  

The eight farms include:

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

Coyote Run Farm (Matt Russell and Patrick Standley) - A 110-acre farm being rebuilt to profitability through relational marketing and sustainable agriculture with chemical-free produce and cut flowers, pastured poultry and eggs, hormone-free/grass-fed and grain-fed beef, and mules. Self-tour the farm and high tunnel. Live music by Matthew Jonn. Complimentary borscht and dessert served throughout the day.

Crooked Gap Farm (Ethan and Rebecca Book) - A good representation of contemporary homesteading, the Books started their farm on a 40-acre piece, with no buildings, that had been fallow fields and timber for many years.  They built a house and outbuildings and now raise grass-fed Dexter cattle, heritage breed pigs, and lambs.  During Farm Crawl they will have their meats available for sale.  Blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day.

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