The Loess Hills are designated as an American Viticultural Area, and several wineries are open to the public as part of the Loess Hills Wine Trail.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Visit Iowa Farms website also includes listings of farms that are open to visitors.
Many other local museums and historic sites have information about agriculture and food systems. Check out our interactive map to learn about more great places to visit.
Farmers markets offer a great opportunity to meet local farmers, learn about their farms, and support the local economy. The Southwest Iowa Local Food Guide lists local farmers markets and other places to buy from local producers. It also includes farms, some of which have on-farm stores or are otherwise open to the public.
Local Food Culture & History
Native Americans grew maize, beans and other crops in our area long before European settlement. Read about some of their crops here.
Southwest Iowa still relies heavily on agriculture, but our food and farming systems have changed dramatically in the past century. Click hereto view some of this history.