Disclosure: I attended Harvestville Farm‘s farm-to-table dinner on a freelance assignment for Travel Iowa‘s Made in Iowa series. Travel Iowa covered my expenses and I was compensated for my writing. However, all opinions are my own.
Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to experience an incredible farm-to-table dinner on assignment for Travel Iowa as part of their Made in Iowa series. After stepping out of my car in the rolling hills of southeast Iowa, it didn’t take me long to realize that Harvestville Farm is one of the state’s true hidden gems.
Based in Donnellson, Iowa, this farm is a local food lover’s dream. For the past few years, the fifth generation family farm has hosted a series of fabulous farm-to-table dinners with rotating featured chefs.
On the evening that I visited, Burlington, Iowa-based Chef Shawn Foehring was in charge of the menu. In the heart of July, our meal highlighted Iowa’s staple summer vegetables. The best part? Many of the vegetables grew literal feet from where we dined. If you’re considering attending a Harvestville Farm dinner yourself, I’m not exaggerating when I say this was truly one of my favorite meals from an Iowa chef with local ingredients.
It was an amazing experience to learn about the Hohl family’s farming legacy. Over the years they have truly mastered the art of making everyone in their company feel like family. Whether its their annual dinner series or autumn activities, it’s easy to see why Harvestville Farm is a fast favorite. After my first experience I’m already counting down the days until tickets open for their 2018 dinner season.
Thank you again to Travel Iowa for such a fun assignment, and to Harvestville Farm for their incredible hospitality!