FARM NEWS

(11/24/22)

CHRISTMAS TREE MARKET AT OUR HOME FARM!

We are pleased to announce that we will be selling fresh cut Balsam Fir Christmas trees, handmade wreaths and more at our family farm!
Join us Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th from 10AM-3PM (or while supplies last) at 109 Edgewood Dr. West Branch (this is NOT our market location)!

What you can expect:

-Fresh cut Balsam Fir trees in all shapes and sizes! Thin, wide, tall and short. We will trim any tree to the height you desire for no added charge. Each tree is $80 (not including tax and fees).

-Handmade wreaths of balsam and pine in sizes 18"-24", decorated or plain. NEW: Limited number of candy cane shaped wreaths available. Prices for wreaths starting at $30 (not including tax or fees).

-Deck your halls with handmade garland in sizes 6'-10', fragrant bough bundles, birch logs and birch sticks! NEW: centerpieces made of fresh boughs in rustic wooden boxes.

-Your favorite local products from Iowa Grown Market like local maple syrup, infused olive oil, homemade jam and Bethany's Biscuits!

-It wouldn't be an Iowa Grown event without our fresh veggies! Fresh-dug carrots and other produce, local eggs and potatoes are likely to available for purchase as well.

Our Christmas trees are grown on Bethany's family farm in north-central Wisconsin and sold at Vince's family farm in West Branch, Iowa. We are USDA certified and inspected for safe transport between Wisconsin and Iowa. This is our first annual Christmas tree market- we look forward to becoming a part of your family's Christmas tradition!

NATIVE PLANT SALE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH!

Add habitat, diversity and beauty to your home garden with native prairie plants, grasses and flowers. We’ve partnered up with Beautiful Land Products and will be hosting a plant sale Saturday, September 17th from 9AM-NOON at Iowa Grown Market in Solon. With all their wonderful benefits, we are excited to be able to offer this unique sale that focuses solely on well-established native plants.

 

Why plant natives in your yard?

 

-Native plants are well adapted to our
local conditions, so they can survive winter cold, summer heat and drought.

-Once established, they require
little or no irrigation, and no fertilization
is needed.

-They are resistant or tolerant to
most insect pests and diseases.

-They attract butterflies by serving
as host plants for caterpillars and
nectar plants for butterflies.

 

Plants available for purchase include:

Mountain Mint
New England Aster
Yellow Coneflower
Yucca
Prairie Sage
Butterfly Weed
Culver's Root
Anise Hyssop
Wild Bergamot / Bee Balm
Wild Columbine
Rattlesnake Master
Prairie Cordgrass
Cup Plant
Rigid Goldenrod

Prices range from $5.50 - $15.50

 

Is worth noting that some of these plants are a few years old and ready for freedom from their pots! While their greens may not appear to be in the best shape, their roots are strong and will still yield successful growth in the right conditions. A member of the Beautiful Land Products will be on hand Saturday morning to help answer any of your questions regarding these plants.

 

(5/25/22)

NATIVE-PLANT SALE SATURDAY, MAY 28TH!

Add beauty and habitat to your home garden with native prairie plants and flowers! We’ve partnered up with Beautiful Land Products and will be hosting a plant sale this Saturday at Iowa Grown Market in Solon. With all their wonderful benefits, we are excited to be able to offer this unique sale that focuses solely on well-established native plants. Stop by Saturday, May 28th at Iowa Grown Market from 9-12 for our first native-Iowa plant sale!!

(4/01/22)

 

2022 MARKET SEASON WILL SOON BE HERE!

We are feeling the wave of excitement as we work the soil, plant seeds and starts, and watch our plans (and plants) come to life for the 2022 season!

 

With the addition of a high tunnel to our farm in 2020, we are looking forward to opening our market by mid-May with fresh produce like hearty pounds of asparagus, crispy lettuce, crunchy radishes and all those other super fresh and local products we love like honey, syrup and jam. We also hope to have a selection of vegetable and flower starts available for your home garden.

Farming is unpredictable, so we encourage you to continue to watch our social media and website for updates as we get closer to opening! Until then, happy growing!

(2/14/22)

2022 CSA SIGN UP BEGINS FEB 15TH!

Our CSA sign up opens to new members at 10AM on February 15th! We've had a lot of returning members renew their membership earlier this month, so space is limited. Not everyone who wants to join will get in, but our market will be open Saturdays during the growing season to get everything that's in the CSA and more!

To learn more about what it means to be a part of a CSA, check our CSA page on our website and sign up for our email if you are interested in joining!

(10/20/21)

MARKET CLOSING FOR SEASON, BUT ONLINE SALES REMAIN AN OPTION!


Iowa Grown Market is closing for the season on Saturday, October 23rd. This will be your last day to shop our physical market. But not all hope is lost....

 

Our growing season started four weeks early since the addition of our high tunnel. A high tunnel is an unheated greenhouse, meaning it uses the energy of the sun to warm the inside. We hope to continue harvesting from our high tunnel well into November with lettuce, carrots, beets and greens. Watch our social media and emails for information on how you can purchase our produce online this winter!

Reflecting on the season, it came with it's usual challenges and successes. Every year seems to bring new dramatic events that we have to figure out how work around. Luckily for us, our customers have come to understand this is the nature of farming and shopping local produce- nothing is guaranteed and you have to get it while you can!

Thank you as always for your enthusiasm for fresh, local produce and your support! Whether you were a CSA member, market customer, or a distant follower on our social media, your encouragement, compliments and support make the long hours and demanding labor worth every second!

(5/1/21)

 

MARKET OPENS!

Iowa Grown Market is opening Saturday, May 8th from 10-2PM!

 

Our growing season started four weeks early since the addition of our high tunnel last fall! A high tunnel is an unheated greenhouse, meaning it uses the energy of the sun to warm the inside. Therefore, we are currently harvesting fresh greens, kale and lettuce, beautiful bunches of white turnips, and will be harvesting kohlrabi, carrots and beets soon!

 

Yes, the high tunnel IS amazing!

 

Outside of our high tunnel, we are picking pounds of asparagus and rhubarb, and we have flower and herb starts ready for your home garden! We also have local, raw honey from Solon and local maple syrup tapped right on Sugar Bottom Road! I'll be bringing my healthy, homemade dog biscuits, monster cookies and wild blackberry jam made with real, locally-picked berries.

 

We recommend checking our Facebook page for the complete list of available products and updated market hours before visiting.

 

The greatest thing about opening the market is that we get to see our customers' smiling faces again! We are very pleased that the CDC just released new guidelines for vaccinated people. We are also fortunate to be outdoors with ample space to spread out. It is our priority to continue providing our community with fresh, local produce safely. For updated information on shopping our market during the COVID- pandemic, please scroll down for complete details.

 

We can't wait to share our spring harvests with you and your family and to see you again at Iowa Grown Market!

(5/1/21)

SHOPPING AT IOWA GROWN MARKET DURING COVID-PANDEMIC

It is our priority to continue providing our community with a safe environment to obtain fresh, local produce. Therefore, we ask that you continue to follow these guidelines when visiting our market:
 

ILLNESS: If you are ill, please do not visit the market.
 

PRODUCT HANDLING: When the market is busy, we will handle the produce for our customers to keep a crowd from forming. When the market is slow, customers are welcome to select their own produce.

MASKS: Masks can now be worn at the customer's own discretion.

Thank you for your cooperation and support. We really appreciate it! Stay informed by checking our social media and website often.

Your farmers & friends,

Bethany & Vince

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