J40 Farm Crawl {this weekend!}

J40 Farm Crawl {this weekend!}

As part of our Produce with a Purpose program, we always try to connect our customers and the public with local food events in the area. Usually, we try to include those events in our newsletters, which go out with each food box. However, sometimes we find out things in between deliveries, and want to let you know. The J40 Farm Crawl in Van Buren county is one such event!

The J40 Farm Crawl will be held this weekend, on Saturday, August 11th. There are a ton of activities planned in the J40 highway area, with fun for the whole family! This is the 10th year of the Farm Crawl, and there are several stops along the way, including farms, an Amish school, a local dairy/cheese factory, a winery, a museum, and several artists. You even have the chance to visit a petting zoo, watch a blacksmithing demonstration, and check out a Hobbit House. Yes, that’s right, a Hobbit House.

This event showcases the unique artisans, producers, and culture of Van Buren County, and involves may opportunities to try some delicious, local food. You might even discover a new favorite honey producer, chicken farmer, or wine supplier.

The Facebook page for the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/J40FarmCrawl

And the brochure can be downloaded here.

The day kicks off with a benefit breakfast at an Amish school house. This meal will include bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and pancakes, and is offered for a free-will donation. Breakfast is served from 8am-noon, at the crossroads of Highways J40 and V64 in Lebanon, Iowa. You’ll get to enjoy this homemade breakfast (which is certain to be delicious) and have the option to purchase extra homemade baked goods.

From then on, you’ll be able to wander along J40 and check out the various stops. The brochure provides a map and a description of each stop. Along the way you’ll find tastings, demonstrations, and live music. You don’t have to hit every stop, or go in a particular order. Just go where the road leads you, and at your own pace.

Spend the day in Van Buren county and support these wonderful local businesses and farms! I even heard rumor of free ice cream at one stop!


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