Iowa family farms to host annual open house event

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several independent family farms in south-central Iowa expect hundreds of people to visit their property as part of an annual open house event.

Eight farms will jointly offer the open houses as part of the seventh annual Farm Crawl on Oct. 6. The event has been advertised as a leisurely day where participants can hop from one farm to the next.

Organizers hope the invitation to see the farms will encourage visitors to buy locally grown products. Some area businesses will also sell items like honey and pastries. Organizers say more than 1,000 people attended last year.

Entrance to all the farms is free.

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