Get Treynor on your radar for this weekend! Treynor Days have been postponed till September, but they are still going to give you a fun weekend of activities outside (to be covid-friendly, of course)! And you have no idea how excited I am to say there’s fun to be had this weekend!
What does Treynor have in store for this last weekend in June? It kicks off with their first Farmer’s Market on Friday evening at the Treynor Community Center from 5 to 8pm. Check out the list of all the stuff they will have for sale!
Then you can head over to TRA for Cole Rath live! The Treynor Recreational Area is having their Summer Bash! Cole, who you might remember from a past blog, is a local singer who likes to get people dancing and singing along! He starts playing at 8!
Saturday is Treynor’s City-Wide garage sale day! Maps can be picked up at City Hall. Sales start at 8am so get your running shoes on!
The day ends with 2 big events. One – the Treynor Prom will be held at Prairie Crossing Winery for those invited to attend and then two – TRA is having a volleyball tournament starting at 5 and DJ JAB on the mic from 8 to 11 to brighten your evening! (Don’t forget I posted a 20% off green fees coupon last week, too, so you can get a little golf in, as well!)
Sunday brings 2 more events to finish off the weekend right! The Palace Event Center will be hosting a Bridal Flea Market from noon till 3 for those planning their wedding and for those wanting to pass on their wedding stuff now sitting in the basement!
Finally, the weekend ends with a Drive-In Polka Police Concert at the Community Center. From 4 to 5, you can bop along to the sounds of the always-fun Polka Police! Just the light-hearted, jovial event needed to put some joy back into your lives and end the weekend on a high note!
So get out there and support local, my friends!
So what have you taken out of an Iowa ditch? It’s a question that could garner some interesting responses, but harvesting from local ditches is pretty common for Iowans! In fact, I had no idea some of these could be found in ditches!
What can you find? Check out my list!
We will start with food! Yes, you can get free food in the ditches of Pott. Co!
*Morels. Mushrooms are a regular find around here in the spring. Just don’t ask a local for their spot. Apparently, they are pretty protective of their treasure trove of fungi!
*Asparagus. I still don’t eat asparagus, but I certainly know the places to find it! I laughed heartily as I drove down a gravel road recently and saw a woman on her knees along a fence line looking guilty. An outsider might not realize what she was up to, but a local does!
*Wild plums. This was a new one to me! Did you know that they grow on trees around here that can be found in rural ditches? Wild plums are a little smaller, but I hear they are quite a delicacy if you can get to them before the wildlife!
*Gooseberries. As a self-proclaimed childhood mud-pie prodigy, I found plenty of these on vines near where we lived, unbeknownst to me that people around here actually love a real gooseberry pie! Just hunt around and get your free ingredients!
*Mulberries. My grandma never liked messy shoes that came with the mulberries, but my cousin was a big fan of the mulberry tree! Mulberry trees are highly prevalent around here and produce a lot of fruit…for free! Hey, with enough sugar you can make anything taste sweet and fruity! Lol.
*Hedge Apples. Although they aren’t for eating like their name implies, many people love a hedge apple tree because hedge apples are supposed to keep insects out of your basement. Hey, anything to keep the spiders at bay, right?
I think we can move on to flowers!
I always love the colorful ditches thanks to a variety of wild flowers that grow here. Here are a few although I know there are many more!
*Wild roses. White or pink, there are the mini roses or the larger pink variety and both grow wild along a lot of country roads in Pott. Co. and the wild rose just happens to be the state flower of Iowa. So pick a few to brighten your table. Nobody will mind!
*Queen Anne’s Lace. It’s currently in bloom. They are the white bunches everywhere right now! And how awesome is that you can pick a bouquet for free?
*Chicory. One of my favorite things to do is drive down a gravel lane with chicory blooming all along it! Something about that purplish-blue that just speaks to me. And again, here’s your chance to woo a significant other at no cost to you!
*Sunflowers. Although more of a fall flower, the ditches and fields, much to some farmers’ chagrin, come alive with sunflowers. The bees love them and they are a festive flower loved by many.
*Cattails. Possibly not considered a flower, but they are definitely used in flower arrangements to offer a unique texture. With the wetland areas nearby, cattails are prevalent all around the county.
The rest I guess we shall consider a miscellaneous bunch!
*Hay. Listen, around here, you gotta feed the livestock. And hay is not only expensive but sometimes hard to come by.
*Christmas trees. Rumor has it that if you want a real Christmas tree, there are always a few wild pines growing in the Pott. Co. ditches!
*Milkweeds. As the name implies, some would consider them simply weeds. However, milkweeds are your butterfly magnet! And I hear that some people use the down for stuffing things like pillows. Who knew?
*5-cent refund cans. This is the one man-made item to be found! I had to laugh about this one, but the great state of Iowa encourages recycling and you can pick up your plenty of 5-centers in our ditches!
So there you have it! A huge list of things you can harvest out of our Pott. County ditches! We have riches in them there hills! Hopefully you saw the humor in this, but also the true bountiful blessings of living in the Loess Hills and Pottawattamie County…
Did I miss anything? Tell me! Did I inspire you to check out the ditch near your house? Show me a pic of what you find! Happy Ditch Diving!
Thanks to COVID-19, golf has officially made a resurgence! The best news about that is that we have AMAZING courses in rural Pottawattamie! I have to say they are under-used gems! The best part is that it’s a perfect time to get that tee time (not required) in for Father’s Day! Plus, I have coupons for you to use!
Talk about great timing, right?
So let’s chat about a couple of the courses you need to know about!
First up, TRA! Otherwise known as the Treynor Recreation Area. The course is beautiful and extremely well-tended. The greens are fabulous and the view around the golf course is so picturesque year-round. I personally love the view of the corn fields, the shade of the trees, and their little bridges. There’s actually a creek that runs through it. It is a 9-hole course with a par-36. They boast of it being a 2,966 yard course and the fairways and greens are irrigated to perfection. They say they have some “challenging” water traps and trust me, they are! I may, or may not have, at one point, put a golf ball into a bank about 4 inches deep! However, I’m sure you’re a far better golfer! Lol.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention their club house, too! They serve up some great food and offer a fresh salad bar, too. So you can get your exercise and your veggies! (Or you can enjoy your golf cart, adult beverages, and bar food faves, if you prefer to roll that way!)
The best part is that they have generously offered up a one-time coupon for 20% off your green fees! Just show this coupon to get your one-time discount!
The other course I’d like to tell you about is the Oakland-Riverside Golf Course! The 9-hole Oakland Course is a 2,418 yard course that’s par-34. With a dog-leg and rolling hills, it’s not known to be an easy course (I’ve played my share of rounds and I can attest to that), but it is certainly a beautiful one! Set next to a backdrop of corn and bean fields, the course is a quiet one started by founders looking forward to the future of their town. Although the course went through some transition a few years ago and turned public, the course is now back in its prime. Don't be fooled by the par-34, it's a course you won't want to miss!
Also of note, the interior of the clubhouse was completely remodeled this past spring and it boasts of a gorgeous bar and all your favorite food and drinks. The Clubhouse also serves steak sandwiches on Thursday and Friday nights!
If you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift, gift cards are available! Plus, the Oakland Course has a Buy 5, Get 1 Free card that is all yours if you’d like to purchase a set of green fees for that dad or grandpa in your life! Just ask for it upon arrival!
Truly, I can’t say enough about these 2 courses! We are so blessed to have mature, tree-lined, deep green courses in our county! It’s easy to take them for granted, but with social distancing, here is your chance to re-connect or discover what we have available!
Plus, Father’s Day Weekend just got a little more exciting!
*Quail Run and Country View Golf are also available in rural Pott. Co.
It’s Father’s Day Weekend and things are still a little off kilter, but the best Father’s Day is an eventful Father’s Day!
So why not give dad the gift of an experience?
We’ve got some great options in Pott. Co. this weekend!
Take dad to a BBQ! Yep, that’s right! Breezy Hills Vineyard is hosting a family traditions BBQ on Saturday afternoon from 3 to 8pm. Enjoy a little wine and some good food!
Or is he more of a breakfast man? Because the Walnut Fire & Rescue is serving up pancakes Sunday morning just for your dad! Anytime between 7am and noon, you can sneak in to enjoy some hot cakes at the Walnut Fire Station! And be sure to swing through for a little antique shopping while you’re in town! They aren’t having the Antique Walk, but many of the businesses still plan to be open and ready for you!
Does coffee call his name? If you haven’t tried out the Treynor Java Supply, that needs to be a morning stop! With all kinds of coffee beans, he can try one and take some home, too!
Is he a golfer? Well, it’s supposed to be a sunny weekend for a couple of rounds! Check out TRA, the Treynor Recreational Area or the Oakland-Riverside Golf Course! Both have greens to play and club houses with “adult beverages” and appetizers to keep you going!
Maybe he’s the farming type? Bet he rarely takes a day off so wouldn’t it be perfect to head to the Farmall-Land USA Museum? It’s the last season the museum is open and if he likes tractors at all, this is the mecca!
Perhaps he’s an animal lover. If he is, you need to put Botna Bend on your radar! They have a new baby buffalo! The buffalo and elk are always worth the stop and you can’t beat Botna Bend in June!
Does he like a leisurely bike ride? The Stone Arch Trail in Shelby is perfect! Not only is it on the National List of Historic Places but it’s a lot of paved, flat trails and very shady! My kind of trail!
Is he more the nature-type that prefers a good walk? You have to check out the Wheeler Grove Conservation Trail. Such a cool place tucked back away on the east side of Carson and Macedonia!
Or maybe he’d prefer to go fishing (just make sure you have a license)! The old Nish offers you a chance to reel in a couple or you can try Farm Creek. I hear a few good ones have come out of there, too!
Or is he a motorcycle man? Grab the Harleys and head to The Crescent Roadhouse Bar & Grill! They let you roll in for drinks and some good downhome cookin’ with a great outdoor area!
Or maybe he simply likes a good meal! (Don’t we all?) Why not check out Garcia’s in Underwood for some Mexican, or for the best burger around, you can’t beat the Dew Drop Inn in McClelland!
Whatever you decide, the gift of time spent with your dad is probably the best gift of all! So make it a fun time here in Pott. County!
The Farmers’ Markets are back! I am so excited to be able to tell you about events again!
This week kicks off the Annual Avoca Main Street’s Farmers’ Market and the brand-new Macedonia Farmers’ Market! Plus, Monday Markets will be back in Underwood starting in July! We have 3 fine options for you in rural Pott. Co!
Avoca’s starts Wednesday night! Yes, it looks a little different than before, but you can still get produce, baked goods, fresh flowers, food truck meals, and even handmade soaps! Crafts are out for right now, but so many other things are still in and the “regulars” are back to serve you!
So not only can you get freshly-picked local produce to cook up that healthy, or not-so-healthy (everything’s better with butter, bacon, and/or cheese), meal, but you will be helping local vendors and small businesses get back on their feet! Many of the businesses on Main Street will be open for you to shop there, as well! Avoca Main Street’s Market is well-known and fabulous!
Social distancing rules will be followed, but the idea of getting out in the nice weather and seeing your neighbors again has to be appealing! Plus, the Avoca Main Street crew has gone all out to make this work despite all the regulations. Between Amber Mohr, the Main Street Director, and Linda Schumacher, the Market Chair, and all the vendors, they have re-invented and reformatted everything to make this work! So be sure to swing by between 5 and 7pm this Wednesday and if for some reason, this week doesn’t work, no worries. They will be open weekly till September 30th!
Macedonia, however, is a whole new deal! Thanks to locals, Kathy Noble and Kathy Heaberlin, Macedonia is just getting started. They will be offering plants, succulents, and baked goods on the west side of Macedonia City Hall starting Saturday from 9-11am and will run every Saturday. The Macedonia Farmers’ Market is still looking for vendors. Although at this time, due to COVID, no craft vendors are allowed. However, if you would like to join the group with all the other usuals, please contact Kathy Noble at 712-326-5207.
Guys, things sure aren’t back to “normal,” but here’s a good way to make it start feeling that way. These are outside, the food is good for you, you’re helping vendors make money again, and you’re giving yourself some goodness in a bag!
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