2018 Food Box Program Producers

Produce with a Purpose sources our Food Box items from producers in Mahaska, Keokuk, Wapello, Jefferson, Davis, and Van Buren counties.  Here is a list of our producers for the 2018 season:

 

Rolling Prairie Acres

Sigourney, IA

 

Known around the area for their many varieties of heirloom garlic and tomatoes, the Webster family started Rolling Prairie Acres in 2002. With over 90 varieties of garlic grown, and many kinds of tomatoes, the Webster specialize in diverse, heirloom produce.

Their farm also includes aronia bushes, an orchard, bees, free range chickens, meat rabbits, and fresh air pork. The family supplies produce around the area at farmers’ markets and through a regional CSA, or community supported agriculture, which provides boxes of in-season produce on a weekly basis for 24 weeks.

Involving the whole family in the farm, the Webster’ s are devoted to diversifications, organic farming, and developing a love for the land with their children.

 

Prairie Roots Farm

Pella, IA

 

Located about a mile west of Otley, on Dubuque Road, Prairie Roots is in its 6th season of growing and selling USDA-certified seasonal organic produce. They primarily sell at the Pella Farmers Market (Thursdays, 3:00-6:00pm) and Saturdays (9:00am-noon) from last week of April through November. You can also try their product through their CSA program, the Central College Food Service and occasionally at Pella Hy-Vee.
The most common items you’ll see from Prairie Roots include salad greens, kales, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, onions, squashes, melons, herbs, beans, peppers, garlic braids, and much more, in season.
Prairie Roots is proudly USDA-Certified Organic since 2012. They focus on being a human-powered, low-carbon operation with solar-power. A new high tunnel was added in 2014 for early-late season extension.

 

 

Country Roads Produce

Moravia, IA

 

“Fresh from our farm to your table”

Built on faith, family, and high quality produce, the Seals started out in 2006 with a one acre strawberry patch. Ten years later, they maintain a 10 acres operation with a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

Best known for growing strawberries and tomatoes, they have 5 high tunnels with 14,000 square feet of growing space. This allows them to extend the growing season and provide fresh produce  for much of the year. Around Moravia, they’re known at the “tomato people”, because their tomatoes are held in such high regard.

The Seals frequent farmers’ markets around southeast Iowa, sell to local restaurants and stores, and partner with the Iowa Food Cooperative to provide fresh, homegrown, handpicked produce across Iowa and northern Missouri. At the heart of their operation is family, fresh produce, and a dedication to the art of gardening.

 

 

 

 

Tenco 

Ottumwa and Fairfield, IA

 

Tenco believes every person has value and ability, and is dedicated to building opportunities for people with disabilities to work, learn life skills, and interact in the community. One way Tenco does this is through its greenhouse program, which provides work skills for its clients. Located in Fairfield and Ottumwa, the hydroponic greenhouses and provide fresh, local produce to Southeast Iowa year round.

Through its greenhouse in Wapello County, Tenco is able to train 88 individuals, providing them with valuable work and life skills to help them gain independence.

Produce is sold at area grocery stores and markets, and extra produce is donated to the local food bank. This helps support food insecure families in Wapello and surrounding counties.

 

 

 

 

For more producers near you, visit our Find Local Producers page. You can also visit the Iowa CSA Directory from the Local Foods Program or IDALS Farmer’s Market Directory for more access to local food.