AgVA is at it again, this August we will be headed to Eastern Iowa for our summer Dairy Days Bus Trip. The trip will consist of stops at Country View Dairy, the Iowa Dairy Center and Winneshiek Winery. The bus will depart at 8:45 am and will return by 6:15 pm.
The cost will be $10 for Ag Ventures Alliance members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited to the first 50 people that sign up. Costs cover transportation to and from our different tours, a catered lunch and wine sampling!
8:45 am Bus leaves Sears parking lot in Mason City, IA (1720 S Federal) for Country View Diary
10:25 am Arrive at Country View Dairy for tour (approximately 1 hour)
12:00 pm Lunch at the Iowa Dairy Center
1:00 pm Tour the Iowa Dairy Center (approximately 1.5 hours)
3:15 pm Tour Winneshiek Winery (approximately 45 minutes)
6:30 pm Arrive back at Sears parking lot in Mason City
We will start our trip at Country View Dairy located in Hawkeye, IA. At Country View Dairy, they make all natural farmstead yogurt in both original and Greek styles using milk from their family’s own dairy herd. If you attended our December 2015 bus trip to The Feast you might recognize Country View Diary as they were a vendor at The Feast. Prepare to learn about the yogurt processes and sample some of their products!
Lunch will be a catered BBQ bash from U2 catering. Following lunch attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Iowa Diary Center. During which time learning and discussing about how/why the dairy industry has changed, view the milking parlor and robotic milking machines, along with taking a walk through their free stall barn, maternity area and calf barn.
The final stop will be at Winneshiek Winery in Decorah, a family owned winery, operated by Ken and Yvonne Barnes and their two daughters Darla and Beth. The farm has been in Yvonne’s family for 150 years tracing back to her great-grandmother. Ken and Yvonne have lived on the farm since 1969, during which time they have raised dairy cows, beef cows, and farrowed pigs. With the decline of farming visible all around them, they decided to keep the farm viable by producing grapes. Winneshiek planted their first grape variety in 2001 during which time they drew up plans to rebuild the barn into a winery. Attendees will enjoy touring the vineyard and winery while sampling different wine varieties before loading the bus to return to Mason City.
We are looking forward to having you join us this summer for our Dairy Drive around Eastern Iowa. If you have questions regarding the bus trip please contact AgVA at 641-494-2368.