Harvest Tour 2nd Year

We’re hosting our 2nd Annual Bloggers Harvest Tour.  Franklin County Farm Bureau, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds and Franklin County Tourism have teamed up to bring bloggers to our county.  We’ll feed them, entertain them, show them around and just generally have a great time while they are here.

Why do we do it?  That’s simple, we live in the best county in Iowa and relish every opportunity to show it off to the world!  The inaugural year we had a great group of bloggers who shared our story far and wide.  We’ve spent this year being interviewed on CNN, traveling around the state talking about the experience, and getting coverage in places like New York and Japan.  The long tail (what happens after you’ve done the work and had the event) is still swishing!

So what are we doing this year?  Here’s our agenda.  Plus, we need one more blogger (we lost one due to a last minute speaking engagement he couldn’t turn down), so if that’s you or you know someone – have them contact


October 5 – Friday Night

5 pm  We leave the Bed and Breakfast and go to tourthe REA Plant and Old Stone House.

6:30 pm Head to Maynes Grove, sample local TownsEnd Wine, stargaze with professors from Ellsworth College, meet some of the movers and shakers in Franklin County… and enjoy the evening!

October 6 Saturday:

Breakfast at the B and B

9:00 leave for the Franklin County Historical Society Museum and receive a tour from an old farmer who will talk about and show the old machinery the museum owns

10:00 visit historic, downtown Hampton

11:00 head to Latham Seeds and see Ag in the Classroom

11:45 lunch at Latham Seeds

12:15 tour of Latham Seeds and 1800’s corn

12:45 to 3:00 rides/questions   everyone goes to the field and either rides combines, or talks to farmers Larry Sailer and Val Plagge and another group will visit a nearby farm to see how the Sukup Mfg. Co. corn driers actually work on the farm.

3 to 5:30 back at B and B for downtime

6:00 eat at B and B, family style

7:00 leave and go to

7:30 Windsor Theatre for Vaudeville – An Evening Like It Used To


10:30 Brunch then tour of Rehabilitation Center and Leahy Grove

12:00 pm back to B and B and bloggers head to Harriman Nielsen in their own vehicles for the Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm Festival

Links to the places mentioned:   

REA Plant Information

Old Stone House Information

Maynes Grove

Sukup Manufacturing Company

Hampton Specialty Shops

Historic Downtown Hampton

Latham Hi Tech Seeds

Ag in the Classroom

Larry Sailer

Val Plagge

Windsor Theatre

ABCM Corporation

Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast






Bloggers coming so far:

Michael Libbie

Stephen Smith

Liz Nead

Angela Maiers

Kate Canterbury

Ben Smith

Adam Sommer

(p.s. We may also be visited by a team from Japan, their equivalent to our Public Television – we hope so!)



  1. Mel Mayberry on September 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    The Franklin County Arts Council is thrilled to have the bloggers attending “An Evening Like It Used To Be” on Saturday night. We’ve worked hard to bring a high-quality, entertaining show like people have come to expect from live performances at the Windsor Theatre. See you all soon!

  2. Amber on September 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    What a fun event! I’m not really a seasoned enough blogger to consider tagging along, but I look forward to seeing the posts from it!!

  3. Deb on September 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Mel – we love the Windsor! It’s such a big part of this county’s history and a vibrant addition to the Harvest Tour.

    Amber – are you sure? Let’s talk — if not this year, maybe next year!

  4. Michael Libbie on October 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    What a superior event and way to expand the voice of Rural Iowa. Looking forward to seeing “old friends” and making some new friends…too.

  5. Deb Brown on October 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Michael –
    We’re excited to be producing this event – and can’t wait to show you our county!

  6. Adam Sommer on October 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for inviting us! We are very excited to visit!

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