Where Farm & Table are Just Steps Apart

History Lesson Lunches

Before the Wallaces launched their now-famous agriculture journal in 1895, Henry Wallace owned 160 acres in Adair County, including the 40 acres of what is now the Wallace Farm. His son, Henry C. Wallace farmed the land from 1887 to 1892 and Henry A. Wallace was born on the property in 1888. History Lesson Lunches make the connection between that farm and their work of helping farm families be successful through the pages of Wallaces’ Farmer. This program includes excerpts from reader letters and editorials that will prompt reminiscences and discussions around your table

Scheduled throughout the year, History Lesson Lunches are open to reservations from the general public.  Nearly all the fruits and vegetables used in the menu are grown at the Wallace Farm. Other ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible. Please let us know about dietary restrictions and accessibility needs in advance.

Garden Classroom

Gardening is a year-long passion for many. We’re spreading these educational sessions over several months so you can continue learning throughout the year.  These 2-hour sessions inside the Gathering Barn will include a dessert and a beverage. Master Gardener credits are available. Sign up soon as seating is limited. The class schedule includes:

April 27 – “Hoots & Screeches: Iowa Owls”
Amy Warnke, Madison County Conservation

May 25 – “Blueberries” (hands-on, mostly outdoors)
Beth McGeough – Edge of the Woods Berry Farm, Indianola

October 5 – “Growing Healthy African Violets”
Becky Smith & Betty Marxen, Lenox

November 9 – “Growing Giant Pumpkins in Iowa”
Dan Boelman, Urbandale

Online registration is available or call 641.337.5019. Payment is due in advance. Contact Lisa with any questions.

Picnic Theater

Our occasional Picnic Theater performances feature one-act plays in an outdoor setting. Visit the Picnic Theater page for tickets and more details.

Private Events

Gather together at the Gathering Table for meetings, retreats, receptions, dinners, or any occasion. We can customize a farm to table menu that fits your tastes and budget.

To inquire about dates or menus, call 641.337.5019 or email Lisa.

There are no upcoming events.

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