Ida County culinary tour offers 'Farm to Fork' experiences
Experience Ida County’s local foods network by attending “Farm to Fork” Aug. 23. The afternoon bus trip will explore locally produced culinary sensations from Ida County farms and businesses, according to Laurie Taylor, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener and Regional Food Coordinator.
“This Ida County culinary tour is a chance to meet the people involved in local foods—the producers and growers, processors and promoters,” said Taylor. “Visiting the farms and meeting the people involved gives a more complete awareness of the local foods network and a greater appreciation for the contributions rural counties make to local foods.”
The tour leaves at 10 a.m. from the Woodbury County Extension Office, 4301 Sergeant Rd., #213, Sioux City, and also will pick up participants at Tiefenthaler Quality Meats in Holstein at 11 a.m. The bus will return to Tiefenthaler at 7:15 p.m. and Woodbury County Extension at 8:15 p.m.
Tour destinations include Tiefenthaler Quality Meats in Holstein, Shrimp 59 LLC in Holstein and Koch’s Garden Market vegetable farm near Cherokee. Farm tours and samples will be provided throughout the day.
The excursion will culminate with a wine tasting and dinner at Old Town Vineyard and Winery in Ida Grove. “Our menu will include grilled pork chops and herb marinated turkey tenderloin, roasted vegetables, fresh vegetable salad with an herb vinaigrette dressing, and a dessert,” Taylor said. “The Ida County Pork Producers will grill the chops and a local caterer is preparing the rest of the meal. This shows the variety of groups and individuals local foods involves.”
Cost to attend is $50 per person. Pre-registration is encouraged as there are limited seats available. Register by Aug. 19 by contacting ISU Extension-Woodbury County at 712-276-2157 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury.
Taylor also is planning a Woodbury County culinary tour on Sept. 15. Watch the Woodbury County Extension website for more details on this tour that includes Farmer Brown’s Garden, Autumn Grove Orchard and St. Thomas Community Gardens.