Call for CSA Memberships

Salt Fork Farms is getting geared up to start the planning phase of the 2014 growing season.  We will be buying seeds before you know it as well as chicks.  We are opening up our CSA for memberships as of today in order to help with these winter expenses.  Please take a look at our agreement and if interested sign up — the sooner the better!  Thanks and stay warm.


Community Supported Agriculture Membership Agreement 2014

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The last market

Good evening everyone. Can you believe it’s the last weekend in October already? This means the World Series is underway, Daylight savings is almost over and the last Iowa City Farmers’ Market is here. What really amazes me is that Milo is almost 3 1/2 and Charlie is almost 3 1/2 months. How does time go by so fast?

We are always sad as the last market nears. It’s signaled, usually, by the first frost and this year the first snow has happened already. Over the last few years we have held a limited winter market. First at some friends’ house, later at DeLuxe Bakery (FYI, DeLuxe is celebrating 10 years in business this fall! Congratulations DeLuxe!).  This year Salt Fork Farms will be housing the winter market out of Salt Fork Kitchen. The winter market will start November 2nd and be held each Saturday, 9-12, until the last Saturday in April. Once again you will be able to get your eggs and a lovely breakfast. Also, did you know Wake Up Iowa City! is roasting coffee for SFK, and you can buy it at the restaurant? How great is that?

This week for the last Iowa City Farmers’ Market, Eric will be there with greens (!!!), peppers, eggplant, leeks, celery, carrots, radishes, daikon, beets, spinach, arugula, squash, pumpkins, apples, onions, garlic, eggs and chicken. Last but not least, we will have fresh chicken on 10/30.  If you are interested in fresh chicken, please email us at and let us know.

Thank you all for letting us be your farmer. We are so grateful that we get to do this.


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Get a load of this!

First off, our market produce this week is really nice.  We have outstanding quality carrots, celery, leeks, beets, radishes, greens, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, scallions, potatoes, okra, edamame, just to name a few.  Of course we will have eggs and chickens.  Matt will be helping you at market this week.  Should be a good one to visit him.

I will be at the restaurant.  SFK has a new lunch menu that introduces hand-made french fries!  Check it out…

new lunch

Also, let it be known that we have a Bloody Mary Bar on every Saturday and Sunday including home-made everything — mix, pickles, celery, hot sauces, etc.

We are also serving Confluence beers out of Des Moines on-tap, Millstream sodas, PBR, and wines selected by Robert Morey.

We will also be hosting two upcoming dinners on October 17th and November 1st.  Contact me to find out more and make a reservation!


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October 5th Farmers’ Market

Hi everyone.  Eric here.  It looks like I will be at the market this week to sell you our produce and poultry products.  We once again are sorry that we cannot continue to operate the breakfast stand at the market this year, but we plan on returning next year once the restaurant settles into a groove and Jay and I can let someone else control the wheel.

This week we will have the following:

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, onions, garlic, leeks, beets, turnips, carrots, okra, sweet corn, beans, celery, parsley, basil, other herbs, greens, chard, collards, radishes, eggs, and chicken.

Hope to see you there,


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An End of an Era, for Now…

Salt Fork Farms is sadly announcing that it will be shutting down the Ralston Creekside Speakeasy at the Iowa City Saturday Farmers’ Market for the remainder of 2013.  With heavy hearts we realize that we just cannot continue to run the stand and to operate the newly opened Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon simultaneously on a Saturday.  Because of this unfortunate circumstance, we would like to offer all patrons of the Speakeasy a 10% discount coupon valid at Salt Fork Kitchen.  Please visit us at the Farmers’ Market to pick up your coupon this Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you in Solon soon and upon our triumphant return in 2014!

Thanks for your continued support,


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Finding Joy, and an update on turkeys

This week at the market, Salt Fork Farms will have lots of heirloom slicing and cherry tomatoes, Roma-type tomatoes for salsa and sauce and canning; sweet green and red peppers, green and red medium-hot chiles, green and red hot chiles (speaking of chiles, do you all know about Scoville Units?  Please read about them on Wikipedia); thai, japanese, chinese, italian, and indian-style eggplant; various types of apples from the Cadoret Orchard; onions, potatoes, garlic, okra, chard, fennel, broccoli, basil, herbs, beans!!, edamame, beets, leeks, cilantro!!!!, eggs, and chickens.

Each morning, 15-20 minutes after sunrise, Eric is out doing morning chores. While he is out I can hear the coffee perculating, (yes, we use a 1975 Corning coffee perculator, because it’s awesome.) while Charlie and I snuggle up, nursing, and Milo tells us what he saw in his sleep. Five minutes after Eric is home he comes in and hands me a cup of coffee. This is the best part of my day. It’s the small moment that we are all together, “I love yous” are exchanged by all and my heart is filled with joy. Not that it isn’t at other times. It’s just that this particular moment seems to steady us for a day filled with all the other crazy goings on. Why all the craziness? As I told you in the last blog update we have two new additions. Charlie joined the Menzel family on July 15th. He’s now 8 weeks old. Swoon.








We also let you know that Salt Fork Kitchen was in the works. Sign1  SFK will open to theSign 2    public on September 22.  Salt Fork Kitchen is a long time dream of Eric’s. It will be a locally sourced, made from scratch restaurant providing quality food at a fair price for you, and the farmer. Salt Fork Kitchen looks forward to working with Echollective, Kroul Farms, Pavelka’s Point, Muddy Miss Farms as well as Wake Up Iowa City! who will be working on a special brew just for SFK. Service will start with breakfast 7 days a week. M-F doors open at 6 am, Saturday 7-2 and Sunday 8-2. A number of Farm-to-Table dinners will happen in  October and November, with the first being October 17th. We will continue to fill you in as more services are available.  Currently you can find more info on Facebook. The website will be up in 2-3 weeks.  We are really looking forward to seeing you all and becoming a greater part of the Solon Community, and I am looking forward to watching Eric and J find their joy in this journey.

On a side note, Salt Fork Farms will NOT have turkeys this year. As with all farming ventures, sometimes things work out, and sometimes they don’t. Weather, timing and other circumstances came into factor. But we will have chickens!

On another side (but also central note), we need egg cartons!!!!!  Please bring us yours this Saturday.  Thanks.

I hope you all have time to find the small bits of joy in your day!




Today only, Fresh Chicken at Salt Fork Farms

Hi all!

Eric just got back from Greene, Iowa, with 220 fresh chickens! We will set aside a number of birds that can be bought as fresh today only. Otherwise, we will be stocking the freezers. Please let us know if you would like a fresh chicken.

fresh chicken~eve

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