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Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl encourages buying local

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Many made their way to Northeast Iowa Saturday afternoon for the First Annual Farm Crawl held in Northeast Iowa.

The crawl was created to allow people to get a closer look at where food comes from and how local farmers manager their farms. Their were five farms on this year's crawl.

Kyle Holthaus and his family own Kymar Acres. His family owned farm sells fresh produce, herbs, flowers, and eggs. He says the farm crawl was a great way for people to get to know local farms and to buy local.

"Hopefully they will buy local and meet their farmers." Holthaus said.

That's exactly why Alison Rosebaum went on the farm crawl. She is from Ferryville, Wis., and says she loves eating local food.

"It always tastes better when it's farm grown," she said. "All the time you can definitely tell a difference."

Kymar Acres is a 15-acre farm that grows a variety of vegetables and herbs. Holthaus says every season of farming is difficult, but he said this season was tough.

"It's been an interesting season, one that I hope we don't repeat very soon," he said. "We had all the rain this spring. We had our spring field day here on June 8. We were not able to do any field demonstrations because there was mud.

"Then it all dried up and now this last week we got some rain again," he added. "It's starting to green back up a little bit."

That weather proved to be difficult on some of his crops.

"The peppers should have been a lot further along than they were, but it got really hot when they had their blooms early on," Holthaus said. "We aborted all the blossoms and so now they are finally coming back again. Our tomatoes, because of all the goofy changes in the weather, had blossom end rot and we had a very bad crop on tomatoes which is usually a big thing for us."

Despite the weather, Holthaus says overall it's been a good season at Kymar Acres. Alan Peake also had his orchard as one of the stops during Sunday's farm crawl. His orchard, Peakes Orchard, is also family owned and has nine varieties of apples.

Like Holthaus, he says it's been a good year at this orchard too.

"It's a good season for us, but I wouldn't say it's a great season," he said. "The season started out very wet. Everyone forgot about that now because of the drought, it was wet in the beginning of the season. We didn't have the greatest fruits on some of our fruits but some varieties are excellent and some varieties I would just what I would call good and we have a few that are poor."

The Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl is sponsored by Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition and the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.

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