The Ottumwa Courier

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July 10, 2013

J40 Farm Crawl set for July 20

KEOSAUQUA — The J40 Farm Crawl returns for the fifth annual celebration of all things local on July 20.

The J40 Farm Crawl showcases 12 businesses ranging from family farms to local artisans and crafters. Highlights of the farm crawl include an Amish school benefit breakfast and bake sale, special discounts at the participating stores and shops, farm tours and demonstrations by the local crafters and artists.

The farm tours feature horse-drawn wagon rides at Lengacher’s Greenhouse, veggie tasting, wood-fired clay oven bread baking and garden tours at Bloom and Bark Farm and cheese tasting at Milton Creamery. The Klodt Barn offers tours of its historic barn built in 1895 of native white oak. Whispering Pines Events Center will be serving Iowa wines and beers. Enjoy fiddle music while touring the 1846 pioneer burial sites at Richardson’s Point. Crane Winery will be sampling its wines at Bloom and Bark Farm. The Troy Academy, which was the first institution of higher education west of the Mississippi, will be open for guided tours.

Featured artists along the farm crawl include Bob Norman. His studio and gallery are open at the Pittsburg General Store. Villages Folk School’s George Crawford will be at Bloom and Bark Farm to hand make brooms using broom corn, while wife Pat Crawford demonstrates natural fiber dyeing and cornmeal-grinding. Other attractions of the farm crawl include homemade ice cream.

The J40 Farm Crawl begins at 8 a.m. July 20 and ends at 5 p.m. with the Amish School Breakfast served from 8 a.m. until noon for a freewill donation.

Maps and brochures can be downloaded at www.villagesofvanburen.com, visit the J40 Farm Crawl Facebook page or contact Kim Steele-Blair at bloomandbark@netins.net or 319-293-6168.

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