“Crawl” Your Way Across Franklin County on Sunday

Pack a cooler and get ready for a one-of-a-kind Sunday drive across Franklin County on Sept. 20 from noon to 5 PM! Local farmers are hosting the 3rd Annual “Fresh on the Farm” farm crawl, which is a come-and-go event at three locations.12027713_630347877107766_2177048911006913003_n

“Fresh on the Farm” is a series of free, on- farm tours that provide the public an opportunity to meet local farmers and purchase their products. Each farm will have products for sale, so visitors are encouraged to pack a cooler and shop along the route.

Make your way to these farms in any order. There is no gate admissions fee, plus you can enjoy complimentary food samples at each stop. Each host site will feature additional local producers:

  1. Enchanted Acres, 1071 250th Street, Sheffield. Shannon Latham, owner. Enchanted Acres creates magical experiences for the whole family! Goats and a children’s playground offers endless entertainment. Pick your own pumpkins and take a hayride. Sample Train Wreck Wines and HenCliff Honey. Sara Goemaat of the Amazing Grace Milk Shoppe will sell goats’ milk soap plus an array of homemade jams.
    You also will find homemade bread, dip mixes, pumpkin butter and apple butter. Take home whole, farm fresh chickens or place an order for more. We’ll also offer an array of homemade baked goods plus fresh produce including tomatoes, baking squashes and apples.
  2. Koenigs’ Acres Farm,1510 110th Street, Hampton. Matt and Karen Koenig, owners. Tour the gardens and high tunnel. Check out the new solar panels, and sample the Koenigs’ fresh produce. “We B Smokin’” will serve locally smoked beef and pork. Dodd’s Lowlines/Iowa Falls-Alden FFA will have local meat for sale. Matt Hildebrand will offer Hillbilly Hut productions. There will be fresh chickens, honey, jam and in-season produce for sale. There may also be goats, sweet treats, and more! Come check out all the variety!
  3. TownsEnd Winery, 2138 160th Street, Hansell. Judy & Vernon Harper, owners. Of course, there will be wine tasting available at this stop! Check out the new 2015 releases. You’ll also find homemade wheat bread and cookies plus fall wreaths made Cathy Carlson of Cathy’s Country Cookin’. Other vendors include: Grandpa’s Popcorn; JoAnn Young’s fudge and peanut brittle; and Creative Moments Bakery. Dawn & Friends will provide music from 2-4 PM.

“Fresh on the Farm in Franklin County” is sponsored in part by Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Franklin County Tourism.

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Chicken Salad


1 large can black olives, chopped

4 cups cooked chicken, diced

1½ c. shredded carrots

1 c. red onion, chopped

1½ c. chopped celery

½ c. Miracle Whip

1, 8-oz package Chow Mein noodles

1 can cashews


Mix all together. Add Chow Mein noodles and cashews just before serving on croissants.