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Experience Farm-to-Fork on local culinary tours

By Staff | Aug 8, 2012

Tour local food farms and taste the produce prepared by culinary teams during Flavors of Northwest Iowa’s “Farm to Fork” tour Aug. 19 and Aug. 26.

A tour bus will leave from Sioux City at 10 a.m. on Aug. 19 and return by 8 p.m. Destinations include The Veggie Patch, a 10-acre vegetable farm near Ireton; Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, in Orange City; and Heirloom Acres, a farmstead near Granville.

Each stop includes an in-depth farm tour and samples prepared by local culinary teams ending with a local food dinner served alongside wine sampling by Little Swan Lake Winery.

“Drive yourself” tickets are available.

The Storm Lake Culinary Tour begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 26 and end at 8 p.m.

Stops include Little Field Abbey, Boyer River Gardens and Antiques, and Carlson Vegetable Farm. Features include information on heirlooms, a tour of a high tunnel greenhouse. Participants receive a map to navigate their own vehicles along the route. Samples and dinner will be served.

The Farm-to-Fork tours are part of a series of events in Iowa State University Extension’s Local Food Road Show aimed at connecting people to locally grown food and flavors in Northwest Iowa.

For more information, or to register for tickets, visit www.flavorsofnorthwestiowa.org or call Woodbury County Extension at (712) 276-2157.

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