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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 18, 2017

J40 Farm Crawl offers food, history, art, fun Saturday

Jul 18, 2017
VICKI TILLIS/Ledger photo An old bell hangs outside Brad and Gail Klodt’s barn in rural Milton. The barn was built in 1895 and moved to its current location in 2002. It will be open for the J40 Farm Crawl Saturday.

The ninth annual J40 Farm Crawl is set from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s event offers stops at eight different locations in Van Buren and Davis counties.

Stops in and near Keosauqua will include the Pittsburg General Store. This is Bob Norman’s restoration studio, and includes fine antiques and paintings, in a century-old building.

Kim Steel-Blair and Tim Blair will open the gardens and greenhouse at their Bloom and Bark Farm. The farm also includes a handcrafted clay oven to bake artisan breads and a glassblowing studio. A “Hobbit House” also is under construction. Several Village Folk School artists will be demonstrating and selling their art and Crane Winery will have sampling and sales at Bloom and Bark Farm.

Joe and Barb Lengacher will open Lengacher’s Greenhouse. A horse-drawn wagon will take visitors on a tour of the produce patches. A new shop, Shallow Creek Variety, also will be open.

In Lebanon, a benefit breakfast and bake sale will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the Amish School. Freewill donations will be accepted for the biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausage and baked treats.

Just down the road toward Milton, the Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture will serve homemade ice cream all day.

Also near Milton, Brad and Gail Klodt will open the Klodt Barn for visitors. The barn was originally built in 1895, and then moved to its present site in 2002. At the Klodt Barn, The Calico Press will be demonstrating letterpress printing with printing presses and type dating to 1857.

Milton Creamery, with its award-winning cheeses, will be open. Milk from local Amish farms is used to make the world recognized Prairie Breeze cheese.

The Troy Academy in Bloomfield will be open. The academy was built in 1853-1854, and the first class was held there Nov. 2, 1854. It was the first institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River. It was open for 33 years before closing in 1888.

For more information about the J40 Farm Crawl, call 641-233-8210 or visit the website www.villagesofvanburen.com.

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