Iowa Fresh Produce: Bruce Smith
Iowa Fresh Produce is a low input, sustainable farming operation. We have always encouraged our children to forage in the garden for whatever they want whenever, without worry that they would be exposed to areas where chemicals were used. We use no chemical fertilizer, are GMO free and use organic approved methods when possible. Crop rotation, mechanical and physical cultivation are used for weed control. Compost, green manure crops, and manure from area farms are used for fertility. We use such products as NEEM, Bt and bonide for pest and disease pressure.
We will offer a wide variety of produce including green and yellow beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, onions, greens, herbs, leeks, lettuces, melons, onions, oriental vegetables, peas, peppers, radishes, rhubarb, shallots, spinach, tomatoes, turnips, and zucchini and possibly some surprises as a la carte.
Lee's Greens: Lee Matteson & Rose Schick
Lee's Greens, LLC is owned and operated by Lee Matteson and Rose Schick, two Iowa State University Horticulture alums who have over 20 years of greenhouse experience between them. After working several years together at The Berry Patch Farm, they decided to start a greenhouse operation near Nevada, Iowa. Lee's Greens provides fresh, locally grown, high quality produce from heated greenhouses during off-season production times. For example - salad greens during late fall, winter, and early spring. Early tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers starting in May. Outside produce is grown during the normal growing season. For 2016 we will offer both CSA shares and a la carte.
Lee's Greens is a small 3 acre farm with 1 acre of heated greenhouses. The main focus is growing produce off-season in raised soil beds in heated greenhouses. They also grow fruits and vegetables outside on the remaining 2 acres. Lee's Greens uses chemicals only when needed. Most crops that are grown in the greenhouses do not require chemicals. If it becomes necessary to control an insect or disease problem, reduced-risk chemicals are utilized following current Integrated Pest Management practices and following all the rules and regulations associated with their use. All greenhouse beds are filled with field soil. Supplemental liquid fertilizer is used as necessary. Compost from greenhouse waste is added to increase fertility. All greenhouse crops are watered with drip irrigation to conserve water use. Most field crops will also utilize drip irrigation.
Middle Way Farm: Jordan Scheibel
Located near Grinnell, Iowa, we are transitioning to organic in 2016. We will grow these vegetables: arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (green, savoy, napa and red), carrots, cauliflower, celery root, chard, cucumber, edamame, eggplant (globe and Asian), garlic, green beans, kale, spring and fall kohlrabi, leeks, head lettuce, lettuce mix, onions (green, sweet, cipolini, yellow, red), spring and fall radishes, parsnips, peas (snow and snap), sweet peppers, potatoes, shallots, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes (cherry, roma, slicer, heirloom), spring and fall turnips, zucchini.
We'll be offering both CSA shares and a la carte items.
Onion Creek Farm: Joe Lynch & Lonna Nachtigal
Onion Creek Farm is located just northwest of Ames. We have been growing good food for our local market using earth friendly methods since 1998. We raise onions, garlic, herbs, leeks, green beans, greens, salad mix, and heirloom tomatoes. This season we will offer our produce as "a la carte".
Remnant Hills Farm: Tom Wilson and Taylor Williams
We are a multi-faceted farm with the goal of raising animals in a way that promotes their natural tendencies and growing vegetables and flowers without chemical inputs. We focus on the health of the soil, knowing that the quality of the product starts at ground level. We pride ourselves on the many little things done each day to improve the health of the land, animals, plants, and community our farm supports. We will offer a la carte items.
7 Pines Farm: Dan & Julie Beougher
7 Pines Farm is a small 11 acre USDA Certified Organic farm*. We believe in
sustainable farming and free range livestock practices. We strive to provide quality fresh and chemical free produce for local families through CSAs, farmers markets and retail sales.We started farming our property in 2008 and have been expanding ever since. We will offer both CSA shares and a la carte for 2017. We are a licensed food manufacturing plant and produce a line of products under the Backyard Flavors label. We currently manufacture our pickled sweet jalapenos, salsa, and a variety of dip mixes and will offer these items on the a la carte menu. *(manufactured products are not certified organic). We also do catering using as much of our own and local produce as possible. We are also offering vegetable and bedding plants for your garden. See the order form at this link.