Iowa Department of Agriculture
Facebook Twitter Flickr
Regulation News and Events Marketing Conservation Animals
Site Search
Home
What We Do
Divisions
Bureaus
Programs
Secretary of Ag
Deputy Secretary
Forms & Licenses
Soil Conservation
Careers
Calendar
Regulations
Publications
Who to Contact
Boards-Commissions
Administrative Rules -IDALS
Administrative Rules -Soil

  Facebook Flickr Twitter You tube

 

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 29, 2016

 

Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)
or Dustin.VandeHoef@IowaAgriculture.gov

 
 

NORTHEY: IOWA APPLE ORCHARDS AND PUMPKIN PATCHES OFFER DELICIOUS CHOICES, GREAT FAMILY ACTIVITIES

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans to get out and enjoy Iowa apples, pumpkins and other fall produce by visiting one of the many farms that sell directly to consumers or at the local farmers market.  Timely rains and a warm September have helped produce a plentiful apple and pumpkin crop in Iowa.

“Visiting a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch give you an opportunity to enjoy the freshest locally grown produce and also help support these hard working families and give them the chance to showcase their farm,” Northey said.  “We are hearing reports of very good apple and pumpkin crops across the state and now is the time to get out and enjoy fresh, Iowa-grown produce and make great family memories.”

There are more than 900 acres of apple trees in the state comprised of dozens of great varieties. Orchards are located throughout the state.  Visiting a local orchard is a great way to find new varieties that may not be available in a grocery store.  Ask to try a sample and be adventurous.

Pumpkin production has nearly tripled in the last 3 decades to well over 900 acres at last count.  In addition to family fun carving a jack-o-lantern, pumpkins are also an extremely versatile ingredient in cooking.  Pumpkins make great pies, casseroles and soups.  Pumpkin seeds and flowers can also be cooked and enjoyed.

Many farms also host fall festivals with great family activities such as hay rack rides, corn mazes, local music and other activities in addition to the opportunity to pick your own apples or pumpkins. 

A list of apple growers and pumpkin patches can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s directory at:  https://www.idalsdata.org/fmnp/index.cfm

 

 

 

 

 
Mailing Address: IDALS,  Wallace State Office Building,   502 E. 9th Street,  Des Moines, IA 50319:     PH: 515-281-5321
  Sitemap   Privacy Statement   Relay Iowa State of Iowa Home
animals Conservation Marketing News and Events Regulations Cost Share