Eastern Iowa Pumpkin Farm Has A Little Of Everything [PHOTOS]
Our thermometers keep swinging on the hot and cold pendulum and after the cold weekend we had last week, it will be nice to get some warmer temperatures.
During this time of year, people love to take advantage of the fall colors by going to local farms. On Thursday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig did just that as he toured Kroul Family Farm over in Mount Vernon.
The farm has a lot to offer, explains Matt Kroul, co-owner of the farm. From sweetcorn, pumpkins, hay and corn mazes, produce, a herd of cattle, and more, there are plenty of ways to stay busy.
As of probably the last five or six years, we've kind of jumped into cover crops for multiple reasons; weed suppression, and organic matter. Now we're even crimping that to plant pumpkins on and we've seen a really good effect with the cattle herd just kind of extending our pastures ground to keeping those cattle herd off them for another three or four weeks in the spring and calving on some green is always good too.
The farm has even implemented a community-supported agriculture or CSA program nine years ago where they deliver vegetables to families in a 20-mile radius of the farm.
Naig’s visit to Kroul Family Farm focused on agritourism.
You can get a chance to get out here and get on a farm and you know maybe it's a little different than a traditional one because you do have all these different you know, the specialty crop pieces and obviously it's set up for visitors- it's set up for tourism, but you do get a chance to get out and while you're on the road, you can see our agriculture how beautiful it is how important it is to our state.
The farm is run by the Kroul family. Families can go to the farm and enjoy the pumpkins and mazes as well as check out all the farm animals seven days a week.