There's something spectacular-- and FREE going on this Saturday in Northeast Iowa! You know your doctor. You know your dentist. Now, get ready to get to know your farmer, at the Winneshiek County Farm Crawl!
The farms of Winneshiek County are beautiful, and unique. Curious? Join with friends and family and head out to the country this weekend for fun, fresh air, and free farm tours.
In collaboration with Iowa's Dairy Center, the Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau is putting on the first annual event. Participating partners include Seed Savers Exchange, Sherlock Shrimp, and Winneshiek Wildberry Winery.
(All of whom will be providing fantastic free samples!)
Begin Saturday at the Winneshiek County Farmers Market in downtown Decorah from 8 to 11 a.m. Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, fresh flowers, and gifts.
For the remainder of the day, hit the road for your free agricultural tours! Visit Sherlock Shrimp, the indoor aquaculture operation producing Tilapia and Pacific White Shrimp.
Get refreshed, at the Winneshiek Wildberry Winery where they're growing not just grapes, but rhubarb and plumbs, all of which go into their fantastic Iowa wines. Learn about dairy practices at Iowa’s Dairy Center. And don't forget to stop by Northeast Iowa gem Seed Savers Exchange, where you can join their staff throughout the day for operational tours. There's even a traditional barn dance at 7 p.m!
View the locations and schedules below, and for a complete Winneshiek County Farm Crawl schedule, click over to VisitDecorah.com or contact the Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 563-382-2023.
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery is a Heritage (150 years) Family Farm growing grapes, plums, and rhubarb. On your visit, you can tour the vineyards and learn about grape growing and wine making. Wine tasting and food available.
Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tour Times: 10:30 am and 3:30 pm
Come and see Winneshiek County's first indoor aquaculture farm currently raising Pacific White Shrimp and Tilapia using a recirculating system, housed in a former elementary school.
Hours: 12 Noon, 5:00 pm
Tour times: 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Join us for farm tours throughout the day and kick your heels up in the evening for an old-time barn dance at 7pm.
Hours: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tour times: 11:00 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
Learn about modern dairy farming. On your tour, you will see the milking parlor, robotic milkers, cows, calves and more!
Hours: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tour times: Noon and 1:30 pm