2021 MARKET SEASON IS APPROACHING!
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Spring has sprung at the Iowa Grown gardens! We are feeling the wave of excitement as we work the soil, plant seeds and starts, and watch our plans come to fruition for the 2021 season!
With the addition of a high tunnel to our farm in 2020, we are looking forward to opening our market early this year! Our goal is to be open May 15th with fresh produce like asparagus, lettuce, and radishes plus all those other yummy, local products you love like honey, syrup and jam. We will also have a wide selection of vegetable and flower starts available for your home garden.
As of now, we are approaching the 2021 season as we did last year and will continue to follow CDC guidelines to keep us and our customers safe.
Farming is unpredictable, so we encourage you to continue to watch our social media and website for updates as we get closer to opening. We will know more by early May-so please stay tuned!
CLOSING FOR THE SEASON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD
Monday, September 28, 2020
As the weather turns cool and the leaves begin fall, sadly, our growing season is coming to an end. While normally our shelves would be full of gourds and pumpkins, we had to make the decision in April to grow just food this season to meet increasing demands for fresh, local food. We also had to eliminate long-season crops likes parsnips and Brussels sprouts to make room for quicker crops like lettuce and green beans, again, to meet the demands for more local food.
The good news is (as every season) we have learned so much! We expanded our CSA membership, fine-tuned our growing practices for popular crops and erected a high tunnel which will allow us to extend our season into early spring and late fall in 2021. We are already looking forward to growing more high-quality food next season with our new-found knowledge and connections.
Please keep in touch! Follow us on social media and watch for updates about our small farming operation all winter long. Sign up for our CSA waiting list if our CSA interests you; we begin membership sign-up in March. With the addition of our new high tunnel, we also look forward to opening the market earlier in 2021 with our delicious asparagus and other early greens.
This season was weird in so many ways; COVID, derecho, drought, torrential rains and a nasty potato beetle infestation, but our ingenuity, experience and sustainable practices all played a part in getting us through the season with relative success. As farmers, we remain optimistic that next season can only be better!
This winter, above all, we wish for you and your family to stay healthy and stay happy. We look forward to seeing you this final week and again next spring!
Your farmers and friends,
Vince and Bethany
SHOPPING AT IOWA GROWN MARKET DURING COVID-PANDEMIC
Thursday, May 28, 2020
It is our priority to continue providing our community with fresh, local food in a safe environment. Due to the Governor's Emergency Disaster Proclamation regarding COVID-19, we've made some changes at Iowa Grown Market. We ask that you please keep your trips to our market quick and purposeful for essential items in addition to following these simple guidelines:
ILLNESS: If you have a fever or are showing signs and symptoms of being ill, do not visit the market.
SANITIZER: Use the available hand sanitizer.
ONE-SHOPPER POLICY: Please, when at all possible, just one person shop for their family at a time.
KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE: Use the designated entry and exit points, and keep at least 6 feet apart from other customers.
NO PRODUCT HANDLING: Ask for the product you desire so we may bag it for you. Reuse bags are okay to bring.
MASKS: We are wearing masks and encourage you to do the same.
SHOP EFFICIENTLY: Expedite your trip so we can safely serve as many visitors as possible.
NO EVENTS: Kid activities and events (like our Annual Community Corn Roast) are canceled for this year.
BE PATIENT: As we all adjust to these new guidelines, we ask you to please be patient.
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
FARM OPERATIONS DURING COVID-PANDEMIC
Thursday, April 16, 2020
In recent weeks we've had many people reaching out and expressing concern about our farm operations during the COVID pandemic. We appreciate your concern and support! Getting fresh food to our community in a safe and healthy way is extremely important to us and our number one priority!
One of the most obvious changes we can make at this time is expanding our CSA program. This is a program that requires minimal social interaction and guarantees a weekly share of fresh produce for your family. More information, including how to sign up, can be found HERE. The new deadline to join is May 10th.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY JOINED OUR 2020 CSA, there are no changes to announce.
Like most of you, we are closely monitoring developments from health professionals on how to safely operate in a COVID-world. Our road-side market will be open in some capacity this season. As new information is made available, we are exploring and changing our methods to safely sell produce to our customers. Here are some things we are almost certain of:
The market will look and operate different than it has in the past.
There will be an emphasis on social distancing and food safety.
We need our customers to be flexible and patient as we navigate these uncharted times.
With all sincerity, we'd also like to ask friends, neighbors and customers to refrain from visiting the farm at this time.
This season is definitely a work in progress and changing constantly. Please keep in touch via social media and email to stay informed on developing information pertaining to our market farm. Your love and support is more important to us than ever before and we appreciate your efforts to keep our community healthy and safe!
Your farmers & friends,
Bethany & Vince