Salad and Cooking Greens, Root Crops, Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Vegetable and Herb Plant Starts, Green Beans, Edamame, Peas, Zucchini, Cucumber|
Middle Way Farm is a 2 acre market garden located just north of Grinnell, Iowa. Owned and operated by Jordan Scheibel, Middle Way Farm started in the fall of 2012. 2020 is our 8th growing season. We are a transitioning to organic operation specializing in high quality vegetables for local sale through weekly online website orders with home delivery option, our weekly Community Supported Agriculture shares (Grinnell, Newton) which runs from June through October, buying clubs and consumer coops (Grinnell Farm to Table in Grinnell, Iowa Food Coop in Des Moines), restaurants (Relish in Grinnell, Lemon Tree Teahouse and Restaurant in Newton), and grocery stores (McNally's in Grinnell). Middle Way Farm is embedded within the larger Lacina family farm, which has been in the family for 4 generations and was once the home of Midwest Tofu, an organic soybean processing company. We are members of Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Iowa Farmers Union, and the National Young Farmer Coalition.
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
We are a transitioning to organic farm, meaning that we follow all regulations for certified organic agriculture but have not yet obtained certification. We do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, genetically modified seed, or sewage sludge. Any products used on the farm must be OMRI approved. Although it is allowed under organic rules, we also do not use manure from confined animal feeding operations. We produce our own transplants on the farm with organically approved soil mix. We also purchase certified organic potato seed and sweet potato slips. The basis of our soil fertility is a mix of cover crops and purchased compost. We control pests and diseases through crop rotation, planting resistant varieties, physical barriers such as row covers and mulches, micro-nutrient sprays that improve plant health and resistance, and as a last resort, targeted organic pesticides that break down quickly in sunlight and are sprayed at times to minimize impact on non-target species. Long term we are also improving the native habitat on the farm and working to integrate plants that host beneficial insects into the production field, with the goal of increasing natural predators and reducing pest populations to tolerable levels without using organic pesticides.
Highlights this Month
We are back at the Coop after an extended hiatus. Like the Coop, we saw a surge in local sales due to COVID-19 as well as Grinnell Heritage Farm ending its large CSA share, which sent many of its former Grinnell and Newton members to us. Due to that demand, I focused exclusively on local sales in Grinnell and Newton during the main growing season. Now that our summer CSA season is ending, I am once again offering products through the Iowa Food Coop. We have a high tunnel full of greens that will be ready for harvest in a few weeks and a cooler that is filling up with storage crops to sell over the remaining fall months, and possibly beyond. The spinach and kale this cycle are still outdoor harvested and all the root crops will be from the field or recently stored in the cooler. We have a limited supply of heirloom potato onions to sell this cycle, beyond what we need for fall planting, as well as a limited supply of Jerusalem artichokes, which were a hit last time I sold them through the Coop several years ago!