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The July 8 opening of the Ringgold County Fair will mark the debut of a new small business that calls Ringgold County home.
Justin and Kristen Akers will operate the food stand at the fair, giving the public a chance to sample offerings from their newly-established Iowa Farm Kitchen, LLC.
Operating out of a state-inspected and fully insured kitchen in the former home of his grandparents and parents on the Akers family farm east of Kellerton, Iowa Farm Kitchen feature a blend of local, state, and regional foods.
“We are focused on local food,” stated Kristin. “In addition to what we grow and raise, we partner with local Iowa producers and Iowa-based companies to turn their agricultural products into dishes and meals that people can enjoy. We like to ask ourselves, ‘How many miles has your food traveled today?’”
Iowa Farm Kitchen offers a variety of items including fully cooked frozen entrees, uncooked frozen entrees, heat and eat entrees, and side dishes.
Signature dishes include swiss steak, lasagna, meatloaf, porcupine meatballs, hamballs, cheesy and mashed potatoes, a variety of casseroles, macaroni and cheese, and green and baked bean dishes, as well as taco meat, beef burgers, pulled pork, BBQ beef, and Italian beef.
“We’re always looking to add new items to our offerings, so please feel free to suggest,” said Kristen.
Online ordering, payment, and arrangement for pick up will soon be available through IowaFarmKitchen.com and Facebook. Pick up locations are planned for Kellerton and Mount Ayr.
The Akers will feature several of their offerings throughout the fair.
A special fair kick-off special at the food stand will feature a pork loin sandwich, chips, and drink for $5 or a hot dog, chips, and drink for $3. Homemade apple pie will also be available.
On subsequent days other specials will include hand-pattied burgers, pull pork sandwiches, rib-eye steak sandwiches, quarter-pound all beef hot dogs, hot fudge sundaes and other favorites.
Breakfasts at the fair will be served Friday and Saturday mornings, featuring homemade biscuits and gravy, homemade cinnamon rolls, pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs.
The Ringgold County Cattlemen’s lunch will also be served Saturday at noon.
For more information contact Kristen at 641-414-2176 or Justin at 641-414-5040.