By Jan Swinton
Doug and Tanya Webster’s farm “Rolling Prairie Acres” has about 6 acres under food production at 708 Ringgold St. on the north edge of Sigourney, IA ( please park at the Library and walk up the hill if you are able, Ringgold is a congested area and a dead end street). This family-run farm is known for their 80 varieties of garlic and 350 varieties of heirloom tomatoes (5 plants of each variety). A tour of this farm will reveal several generations of greenhouses, traditional barns and (of course) rolling hills. They are experimenting with companion plantings, constant rotation and cover crops on the annual veggie beds. Their 150 fruit trees are still young, but growing into full production in the next few years. Bees provide pollination for the fruit trees and honey to eat. Katahdin sheep wander the pasture and relax in the shade of the barn near the naturally-raised hogs. Chickens spend all day out in their run with the a few turkeys and ducks for company.
Websters’ will be celebrating their 10th year working the land and Rolling Prairie Acres and they are inviting the whole Hometown Harvest system to their farm. Their entertainment will include Bob & Kristie Black and friends playing bluegrass perfection from 1:30- 4:30 pm. They will be sharing blackberry pie with ice cream while you enjoy the farm and music. At the Sigourney Public Library parking lot (where you will park unless disabled), Julie Stutzman will bring in her Stone Wall Brick Pizza oven and sell hot stone hearth personal pizzas all afternoon, as well. Other lunch/dinner local food items include: Kombucha and mint sun tea. Pickle Creek Herbals witll be setting up so show off their wares, and herb cookies made by with locally grown whole wheat flour. It’s a feast of SE Iowa’s best!
The Webster’s farm operation is one of 6 stops on the Hometown Harvest “Savor the Flavor!” Farm Crawl set for Sunday, September 9, from noon to 6pm. You are welcome to tour any of these farms in any order on that day. Maps of the whole route are available at each farm, and at the Fairfield HyVee & Everybody’s Grocery. For more information, please call the Hometown Harvest office at 641-472-6177.
Learn more and keep up to date via the Rolling Prairie Acres Farm blog