Meet Our Vendors:
Karen's Kreations by Karen Frank will be selling handcrafted glass flowers and glass sculptures to use as focal points and garden decor. Karen is an Iowa Master Gardener and her garden on Moorehead Street in Ida Grove has in the past been a site for garden tours.
Grote Goodies and Gifts are made by Kendra Grote from Ida Grove. She recently got married and moved to an acreage in Odebolt. With her husband gone trucking most nights, she found that crafting was her go-to and decided to make a business out of it to keep her busy. She makes leather earrings, wood signs, custom shirts, dish towels, car decals, cupcake/cake toppers, hats, etched mugs, and much more.
Rachel and Darren Masters from Singletree Imporium in Arther are bringing wall-hangings and other handmade products from repurposed materials to the market. They opened their small antique store in the fall of 2017, and their whole family enjoys looking for ways to repurpose vintage items and bring new life to things that would otherwise have been discarded. Rachel and Darren live on a farm south of Arthur with their six kids, an old horse, an old dog, 20 chickens, and too many cats.
Karen Brunelle of Karen Kneads Bread grew up a mile and a half from Holstein. After graduating high school she moved to Boston, MA, where she worked as a nanny, in a bagel shop, and a pizza shop among other things. When she live with her last nanny family they introduced her to Challah (pronounced hollah), which is a Jewish braided egg bread, that continues to be her favorite. When she moved back to Iowa she hungered for her beloved Challah so she spent years searching for the perfect recipe, and in 2016, 25 years after first trying Challah, she found it. This spring she was asked if she would bring her breads to the Farmers Market in Holstein, to which she agreed, and the success she had there encouraged her to sell at the Ida Area Farmers Market as well. She will .be bringing cinnamon rolls, Challah, wheat bread, and bread bowls.
Kenny and Sherry Tietsort have lived on their farm halfway between Ida Grove and Battle Creek since 1982. They have farmed and raised cattle and three years ago they started gardening again, raising a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. The Sioux City Farmers Marketis their main market, and last year Kenny helped get the Ida Area Farmers' Market started. Kenny and Sherry find that the best part about going to farmers markets is meeting new people and vendors, and they find themselves learning new things about gardening all the time.
Doug Van Houten from Battle Creek is the brother in law of Kenny Tietsort, and sells a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. He has been gardening 'forever', but only sold products for the past three years. Doug says it has been trying at times, but the fun of seeing stuff grow outweighs the trying times.
Lori Lohr primarily sells eggs, but will possibly also bring vegetables. She says: 'Which came first, the garden or the egg? At Lazy L Bar Acres, it was the garden. The chickens were added as a natural solution to the biblically sized plagues of grasshoppers dining on the vegetables. Rhode Island Reds (all named "Lucy), Buff Orphingtons (all named "Buffy"), Americaunas; "Sweetie", "Hermoine", "LeBron" and "Rizzo" (go Cubs!) round out the wicked egg layers. The guinea formerly known as Ivan keeps her nest in the pasture, to avoid possible collection. So we offer farm fresh brown, blue, and beige eggs. And maybe a few veggies too.'
Rita Pierson is from Cherokee, and she sells homemade artisan chocolate bars and confections.
Shettler's Garden in Carroll was started by Norman Shettler 35 years ago. Shettler's Garden is made up of 25 acres, 4 acres of strawberries, 1 acre of raspberries, a dozen appletrees, 1 acre of asparges, and the rest is sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, pear, squash, melon, cucumber and other vegetables.
Lakefront Garden and Gifts by Genevive Voss is based in Lake View. Genevive offers a variety of arts and crafts.
Susan Spotts from Battle Creek has been gardening for 20+ years. 2016 was her first year of retirement which she hoped would give her more time for gardening and selling all kinds of vegetables. She plans on selling broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes among others. She will also make and sell zucchini bread from her own zucchini.