Where Farm & Table are Just Steps Apart

Friday Lunches at the Country Life Center

Open to the public on Fridays, the Gathering Table restaurant offers changing lunch menus centered around the more than 40 varieties of fresh produce grown in the on-site garden and orchard. The restaurant is located inside the historic barn replica at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient, IA.

Please note that our last day for service is August 30.

Walk-ins or reservations are welcome for lunch. Please call 641-337-5019 for reservations or email Lisa Swanson.

The Gathering Table may need to close because of private events such as reunions and wedding receptions. These dates are posted in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

(photo courtesy Anita McVey, Picnic Life Foodie)

Pizza on the Prairie

Come to the prairie at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center for freshly-made pizza packed full with straight-from-the-farm veggies & local meats. Soft drinks, Iowa wines, and desserts available for purchase or BYOB. Enjoy live music, play lawn games and walk the prairie path. Seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 am – 4 pm (part of the Prairie Art Exhibit Festival)

Fridays, September 13, 20 & 27, 4:30-8 pm

Our Food Values & Beliefs

We embrace local food and sustainable agriculture. Sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients locally results in tastier, more nutritious food and showcases Iowa’s ability to produce high quality ingredients. Our restaurants connect patrons to our garden, land and historic sites and to other members of the local foods community.

Core Food Values:
• Menus reflect our garden, land, & historic properties
• Seasonal, housemade dishes
• Quality ingredients
• Local sources support Iowa’s family farms & small businesses