"Customer service [is] warm and friendly; the environment and location is historically significant and [it’s] wonderful to be able to experience the prairie and surrounding area." –September, 2017

Where Farm & Table are Just Steps Apart

The Wallace Centers of Iowa has postponed or canceled all indoor events through December 31. Our buildings are currently closed but the prairie path at the Country Life Center is open for social-distance walking. We’ll continue to monitor the evolving public health situation and make additional decisions to keep our staff, partners and participants safe. Updates will be provided as they become available.

At the current time, we’re offering Picnic Theater, online cooking classes, Pizza on the Prairie and the Prairie Art Exhibit. To help with your at-home meal preparation, many of Chef Katie’s favorite recipes are posted on our Farm to Table page.

Picnic Theater

WCI will host two outdoor “Picnic Theater” events at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center.

On Sunday, August 30, Paxton Williams portrays George Washington Carver in “Listening to the Still, Small Voice”. Carver befriended young Henry A. Wallace and introduced him to the study of plants while both were living in Ames, Iowa.

Tom Milligan portrays Iowa native Grant Wood in “Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel” on Sunday, September 27. Creator of the iconic “American Gothic” painting, Wood painted his “Uncommon Man” portrait of Henry A. Wallace in 1940 that was later used as the cover of Wallace’s biography “American Dreamer”.

Tickets for both performances include a gourmet brown bag lunch with ham and apple sandwich (Des Moines Bacon Co. smoked ham, roasted apples, herb quark cheese, tetragonia, ciabatta) potato salad (red potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, herbs) and apple crisp (Red Free apples, oat crumble) and bottled water. Additional drinks (soda, wine and beer) can be purchased on site. Sorry, no outside food or drink. Please contact Chef Hans in advance by email or phone (641.337.5019) if you have special dietary restrictions.

Doors open at 4:30 pm. Social distancing practices will be observed; please wear a mask when checking in and we recommend bringing your own lawn chairs/blankets. Patrons will be assigned a seating area on the lawn in order of when tickets were purchased. Tickets purchased as a group will be seated together. If you need to be socially distant within your group (such as separate households), please purchase tickets in multiple transactions.

Each 45-minute performance begins at 5:15 pm. Paxton and Tom will be available for questions and discussion after their performance. The gift shop inside the Barn will remain open after the show.

Rain date for both shows is Sunday, October 4. Patrons will be notified by phone or email in the event of a cancellation.

Pizza on the Prairie

Come to the prairie at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center for brick oven pizza packed full with straight-from-the-farm veggies & local meats. Drinks, sides and desserts available for purchase. Walk the prairie path lined with outdoor art sculptures. Seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. Reservations required. Details on the Pizza on the Prairie page.

Sponsors: MidAmerican Energy, Empowering Adair County Foundation, Travel Iowa. Additional support from Farmers Electric Cooperative

Private Events

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, private indoor events are suspended through December 31. Please check back as we continue to respond to the changing health situation.

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 at this time.

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