The holiday season is a wonderful time to support local farmers and bring delicious regionally grown ingredients into your kitchen to share with family, friends, and neighbors. Here in Southwest Iowa, we will have several opportunities to do just that.
On November 17th, and again on December 8th, from 3:30-6:30pm the Harrison County Historical Village Welcome Center, in Missouri Valley, will host a Holiday Farmers Market. The market will take place inside the Welcome Center, located between Logan and Missouri Valley on Highway 30. Prairie Crossing Winery, from Treynor, will be offering a free wine tasting. The Holiday Farmers Market will be a fun chance to purchase fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, frozen tamales and more. Stop, shop, sip and visit with some local vendors.
Monday, November 21st, a Harvest Market will take place in the Cass County Community Center at 805 W. 10th Street in Atlantic. Stop by from 3-7pm to purchase premium local produce and meats, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods and more. Visit Produce in the Park to find a list of vendors that will be set up at this exciting event ahead of Thanksgiving. Be sure to visit this link for the option to pre-order baked goods.
Similarly, a Christmas Market will take place on Thursday, December 22nd from 3-7pm at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA at 1100 Maple Street in Atlantic. Visit Produce in the Park or check out Produce in the Park Atlantic, Iowa on Facebook for more information.
The Red Oak Farmers Market will also host a few holiday markets. Their Thanksgiving market will be November 22nd from 10-4 at the White Fair building, 1813 North Fourth Street, on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Legion Park, across from the Gold Fair building. A Christmas market will be held in the same location beginning Thursday, December 15th and going through Saturday the 17th. The hours of this event are 11-6pm Thursday and Friday, and 10-5pm on Saturday.
If you haven't been to the FarmTable Procurement and Delivery warehouse in Harlan, you are missing out. FarmTable is a Southwest Iowa food hub that has a wide selection of veggies, fruits, dairy, meat, eggs and so much more. Their incredible selection changes weekly depending on what area farmers have available, and ordering with them is a breeze. Check out their website here to find out more information about setting up an account for ordering, or look up their open warehouse hours, when anyone can stop and shop.
FarmTable will also host a few holiday markets. On Saturday, November 19th, and again on Saturday, December 17th from 9-1pm at 1806 Industrial Parkway in Harlan. These markets are a great chance to stock up on ingredients from area producers, plus there will be free samples and door prizes.
In addition to the holiday markets, Southwest Iowa has a few on-the-farm stores that will be open this holiday season. FarmSweetFarm located 4 miles northwest of Harlan at 1222 Ironwood Road, is open Wednesday-Saturday and is a reliable source of meat, popcorn, and other local products.
One Farm Market at 215 East 7th Street, Logan is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and features a selection of pantry staples, local produce, and handmade goods.
Doe’s and Diva’s Dairy, Inc, at 31140 185th Street, Honey Creek, has a small farm store, open daily from 10am-6pm, where you can buy hand-crafted sheep milk soaps, lotions, lip balm and yarn.
Farm fresh turkeys are still available from Rolling Acres Farm. Turkeys can be picked up at the farm, or in Omaha, the week of Thanksgiving. Visit Rolling Acres farm on Facebook or contact Denise at 712-485-4599 to order one today. They are going fast!
Nishnabotna Naturals, located west of Oakland, has five varieties of fresh arugula available for pre-order by calling 712-482-3377. Prices are $5.50/lb or $3.00 ½/lb.
This holiday season, buy fresh, buy local and support your community.
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