Market on Main

Market on Main

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Tree Crop Field Class

Tree Crop Field Class

TOPICS: Growing, maintenance and marketing of: • Chestnut • Pawpaw • American persimmon • Heartnut • Asian pear

This field class will focus on a variety of tree crops suitable for forest farming systems in Iowa. Attendees will learn about the production, maintenance and marketing of a handful of the 75 species of crop trees and shrubs found at Red Fern Farm. Tom and Kathy will take guests on a tour through their agroforestry farm that specializes in nut, fruit and berry crops, as well as medicinal forest plants, and discuss how they market their crops through U-pick. There will also be an opportunity to sample some of the non-traditional crops featured throughout the day.

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Market on Main

Market on Main

Central Park (map)

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Market on Main

Market on Main

Central Park (map)

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Market on Main

Market on Main

Central Park (map)

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Cheese and Ice Cream Production at Kalona Creamery

Cheese and Ice Cream Production at Kalona Creamery

TOPICS: • Production of various dairy products • Future production plans • Kalona SuperNatural brand • Dairy farmer profiles • Milk receiving bay technology

Join us for a tour Kalona Creamery. Creamery staff will share the history of the creamery, explain how different dairy products are produced – including cheese curds, ice cream and Kalona SuperNatural organic products – and discuss the technology used in the receiving bay. We’ll talk about the local farmers they work with, and milk quality. On the tour, the group will rotate between the Kalona Creamery shop and deli, the production area and the Kalona Farms receiving bay across the street.

Kalona Creamery will provide snack trays, ice cream, cheese and Kalona SuperNatural organic dairy products. RSVP FOR SNACKS TO: Debra Boekholder, debra@practicalfarmers.org; (515) 232-5661 by Friday, September 28 

Iowa Local Food Day

Iowa Local Food Day

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Iowa Local Food Day is a celebration of Iowa farmers and local foods during National Farm to School Month. This annual event will bring together all sectors of Farm to School.  Unifying the state around the success our farms, children and our schools.

https://www.iowalocalfoodday.org/

For Iowa Local Food Day, participating K-12 school districts in Iowa will be serving menus featuring Iowa local ingredients. To participate schools must serve at least 2 items (dishes for breakfast or lunch) with primarily locally sourced items.  This does include meat and dairy as well (excluding milk).  Participation can be 1 school or all schools within your district.

The core menu will  include a Iowa corn muffin and veggie bake for breakfast. Lunch will include a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Roasted Vegetables, Iowa Coleslaw, and Local Fresh fruit. 

Fall Vegetable Production and Planning

TOPICS: • Paper-pot transplanter demo • Fall-planting garlic • Garlic varieties • Garlic harvest and curing • Overhead irrigation • Shiitake mushroom production • Root vegetables • Fall and winter greens 

If you grow vegetables and use Youtube, you’ve probably seen the paper pot transplanter. Derek and Molly will discuss the system’s pros and cons, and run a demo in the field. They will also discuss their planting, management, harvest and curing processes for heirloom garlic, which they will be preparing to plant; and they will discuss a variety of roots, greens and shiitakes. In 2018 they bought a moveable overhead irrigation system, and will share their experience from the first year of its use.

 

A potluck will follow the field day. A main dish will be provided; please bring a side dish to share. RSVP FOR MEAL TO: Debra Boekholder, debra@practicalfarmers.org; (515) 232-5661 by Monday, September 10.