Harvest Tour 2012: Franklin County, Iowa

Do you know where your food comes from?

The easy answers are “farms” or “the store”. How about some products in your home, things you use in everyday living, like water bottles – do you know what materials they’re made of?

Unless you are a fully self-sufficient farmer – growing all of your own food and raising your own animals – chances are you’ve eaten or you own something that’s made of corn or soybeans. Furthermore, there’s a good chance that those foods and other items are made using corn and soybeans that were grown in Middle America, namely, North Central Iowa.

Arends Farm – Alexander, Iowa

This past weekend, I was one of several bloggers that took part in Harvest Tour 2012. We and our families were brought out to Franklin County, Iowa, in the north-central part of the state, to see firsthand how the agricultural businesses there operate; to meet the farmers who keep the businesses and the farms going; and to get a better understanding of the important role rural America plays in our country’s history and progress.

In the coming days, I will be sharing stories and photos of my experience on Harvest Tour 2012. Until then, would you believe this mug is made from 100% corn?!

Mug from Latham Hi-Tech Seeds made of 100% corn plastic.

My family’s trip to Harvest Tour 2012 in Franklin County, Iowa, was sponsored by Franklin County Farm Bureau, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, and Franklin County Tourism. All words, thoughts, and opinions, as always, are my own.

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0 Responses to Harvest Tour 2012: Franklin County, Iowa

  1. Dom October 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Were there any organic farmers or did they all use Monsanto’s GMO plants?

    • Francesca October 10, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      I’m pretty sure every farm we visited was not organic.

  2. Pola (@jettingaround) October 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    There is something to say about being conscious of where your food comes from. I try to support businesses and stores that use locally-sourced ingredients. No point shipping potatoes over from Idaho when they grown right here in the Midwest. I hope you enjoyed your harvest trip!

    • Francesca October 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      I completely agree, Pola. I try to do the same – and yes, we absolutely enjoyed ourselves!

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