Genuine Faux Farm

 

 

 


FESTIVALS and EVENTS


Dates for 2016 are set! Mark your calendars.


Spring Faux Fun

June 5

 

Summer Harvest

and Heirloom Tomato Tasting

August 27

 

GFF Plant Sales

Cedar Falls: May 12,19,26

Waverly Farmers Market: May 7 - June 4

 

Tom Sawyer Days

 

Pollinator Habitat Field Day

August 20

Great Turkey Pickup

October 28

All events will be held under most weather conditions. Notice will be sent if cancellation for other reasons is necessary.

Who can attend?

We do not limit attendance to CSA members. There are numerous "honorary" CSA members and you may be able to count yourself as one. This list includes persons who have helped on the farm, purchased our poultry or produce and those who want to support what we do with your presence. If you are not sure if you are included in the invitation, ask us! It is likely that we'll just extend the invitation to you. Families with children are most welcome. In all of these cases, an RSVP telling us that you plan to attend is appreciated for planning purposes.


Spring Faux Fun Festival and Potluck


June 5 (Sunday)

4 - 9 pm

(optional volunteer time 12-4 pm)

 

A meal at the farm

The spring festival occurs every year at some point near Memorial Day, the time of year that is supposed to be the typical peak iris bloom. This isn't always true so we've renamed the festival to the Spring Faux Fun Festival (it was Iris Fest). This is a great time to come and see how the farm looks before the CSA season gets going. We'll give farm tours and everyone can enjoy some outdoor time together at the farm.

Volunteer Time

Starting at noon, we will have volunteer tasks available for those who are willing. These tasks may include setting up tables, mowing our lawn where people will gather, prepping drinks, setting up recycling and trash containers and maybe planting something in the ground or doing a more farm specific task if there is sufficient interest.

Festival Time

The Iris Fest begins at 4 pm. People may put munchies out, but the potluck begins officially at 5pm. The farm will often provide some sort of food to supplement the potluck, but this changes from year to year. We may announce that we will provide meat for the event (like a GFF turkey!). Depending on the year, we may have a grill available to those who want it during years that we do not provide the meat.

What to Bring

Bring something to pass (salads, snacks, maindishes etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. We strongly suggest you bring lawnchairs. We have plates and silverware to serve forty to fifty people, but it doesn't hurt if you bring your own table service in case we exceed that number. Please check to see if we will be providing meat. If not, we will provide access to a grill for those who are interested.

What You Get to Do

If you have a lawn game that you wish to share, bring it along. We typically set out whatever lawn games we have. There is also sidewalk chalk for the artists and frisbees for the athletic. We also encourage other, more sedentary games if people show interest. Tours of our farm (guided or not) will be provided for the interested. Usually, we will have young birds to view and there are friendly farm cats that will gladly run away from your children. Weather permitting, we will start a bonfire and there are often s'mores if we hear there is interest from those attending (one of the reasons an RSVP helps us!).

RSVP

Please contact us if you plan to attend. Tell us how many will attend and whether you will be there during volunteer time. If there is anything we need to know to make this a positive experience, the RSVP is an excellent time to make it known.


SUMMER FESTIVAL and HEIRLOOM TOMATO TASTING


Maya and Chickens

August 27 (Saturday)

4pm - 9 pm

(optional volunteer time 1pm-4pm)

Our Summer Harvest Festival has been a staple just before school starts or just after school starts, depending on the year. The weather is usually quite nice and it is a good way to issue in peak harvest season. Come to see how the farm with much of its crops going at full tilt. We will also harvest a number of our heirloom tomatoes and give all of you a chance to taste test them. Don't think they have different tastes? Now is the time to find out.

Volunteer Time

Starting at 1 pm, we will have volunteer tasks available for those who are willing. These tasks may include setting up tables, mowing our lawn where people will gather, prepping drinks, setting up recycling and trash containers and other tasks we can't hope to anticipate until the day approaches. Please note, we are scheduled for the Waverly Farmers' Market in the morning. Having some kind and patient volunteers will go a long ways towards helping this event run smoothly. We may even ask for a little help unloading the truck if someone is willing.

Festival Time

Our summer festival gives everyone a chance to see what the gardens look like when they are bursting at the seems with produce. The long summer days give us plenty of light to view gardens, feed turkeys and play games. We start the festival at 4pm and usually encourage the beginning of dinner around 5pm for those who have children or need a schedule for such things. The likelihood of a bonfire at the Summer Festival is higher since winds are often lower in late August than they are at the end of May.

What to Bring

This gathering is a potluck style food event. Bring something to grill and/or something to pass (salads, snacks, etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. By this time in the season, we will have zucchini and summer squash. We expect to be able to grill some of these for you to try! If Mother Nature is willing, we may also have some other items (like watermelon?!). It simply depends on what the season brings us. We will have a gas grill ready to go depending on interest and willingness of people to help watch it. It is likely that Rob will not be the best person to watch the food at this point (he'll probably be hungry and eat it all).

Touring the Farm

We will make it a point to lead tours throughout the gathering for the interested. You will have a chance to see for yourselves how our farm works. The turkeys and ducks are much more interesting now that they're a bit bigger.

Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt

For each of the past two years, we have created a photo scavenger hunt for the farm that has been enjoyed by many participants. How many of the pictures can you accurately identify?

Music and Other Special Events

This is our big festival for the year. In 2015, we invited the Buskers to play music during the festival with excellent reviews. We will work to include music and maybe another special feature each year. I wonder what it will be in 2016?

Heirloom Tomato Tasting

We grow a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes and we TELL you that they taste different. Now is your chance to experience those differences yourself.

RSVP

Please contact us if you plan to attend. Tell us how many will attend and whether you will be there during volunteer time. If there is anything we need to know to make this a positive experience, the RSVP is an excellent time to make it known.


RIP - GENUINE FAUX FARM FALL FESTIVAL and FETID FRUIT FLING

(GF7)


not scheduled 2016

 

A chance to sit on a tractor

Our fall gathering was usually electric with anticipation for the annual tomato launch. If you did't know what the launch was, you were just going to have to attend and find out. The turkeys were nearly full size and they loved to chase rotten tomatoes around. Perhaps, if everyone was nice, Durnik the tractor came out to play.

Why RIP?

Weather was always an issue with GF7. We'd get all prepped to run it and then the weekend's weather would go south. We tried alternative schedules and then very few people would attend on the alternate date. In the end, we just simply didn't have the energy to do so many events. Instead, we cranked up the volume on the Summer Festival with great success in 2016. It went so well, no one really asked about GF7. Ok, we're fine with that.


Pollinator Habitat Field Day


Saturday - August 20

Come join us at this Practical Farmers of Iowa and Xerces sponsored event. I, the Sandman, have spoken.

 

We hold a field day at our farm for various organizations every other year of so. This year, our farm will be part of an event that focuses on maintaining habitat for pollinators. The event is sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa and Xerces.

Classroom Time at Bremer County Extension Office in Tripoli

The morning will focus on learning all about pollinators and other beneficial insects.

Pollinators and Row Crops at Schmidt Farm

This field day isn't just for those who grow veggies, it's for all farmers. Time will be spent at the Schmidt farm to discuss options for supporting pollinators in a row cropping environment.

Pollinators and a Hort Farm at Genuine Faux Farm

We will also tour our farm and discuss things we are doing to support pollinators and learn other things we could do to improve. Event schedules and details to be announced as they are determined.

 

4/29/16 updated

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