Routes and Farms
Here are the main stops. The first two are on the Cherry Tomato route (25mi.) ending at Red's Ale house. All of them are on the Beet-It-Up route (55mi.). Registration is required a head of time.
Waterworks Prairie Park
Registration here! This park will become the largest urban prairie in the state.
Green Castle Organics
Green Castle Organics is a small certified organic farm owned by Mary and Kevin Summerville. They used the land to grow fresh produce, have restored 60 acres of prairie, and keep bees for honey production. Their son Seth has been working to fulfill his aspirations of commercially raising hops. This stop is sure to be an enlightening example of the various alternative uses of Iowa land.
Northern Ridge Berry Farm
North Ridge Berry Farm is run by David and Penny Lacina and David’s mom Bonnie. The farm has been in the family for more than 80 years, and recently has been reworked to cater to a more natural approach to producing food. In the last couple of years they’ve opened a shop for selling goods located right on the farm. People are now able to come out and see the gardens where their food was being grown. Their goal is to produce high quality food that everyone can enjoy and afford. All of the produce is naturally grown without any herbicides and pesticides. They follow organic guidelines but are not certified to keep costs low so that foods are accessible to the community.
Augusta’s mission is to serve freshly prepared food from as many local resources as possible. They feature: fresh baked bread, hand cut steaks, fresh ground beef, hand cut fries and chips, homemade pickles, mayonnaise, and salad dressings, fresh baked pies, and nightly New Orleans inspired specials are not be missed. Owners Jeri and Ben Halperin left New Orleans after hurricane Katrina in 2005 and opened Augusta in 2008.
In 1985 Millstream Brewing Co. opened its doors - the first brewery to operate in Amana since 1884. So the Millstream Brewery was born and so it has come to be recognized as the home of quality brews of rewarding taste. Long live beer made in Iowa!
Chef Gaby Weir, a passionate chef-advocate of sustainable cuisine will be serving up local food in the wilderness of the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. Chef Gaby fosters the importance of working with local farmers and producers. Her multi-cultural background allows for a broader and higher scale of cuisine.
Reds Ale house
Here at Reds, beer isn’t just beer. We believe that great craft beer can add something extra special to not only your dining experience, but to life in general. Maybe that is why we love to drink it, talk about it, cook with it, teach it, throw parties for it….did we say drink it?