Next time you are heading to Burr Oak from the south you might want to keep an eye out on the west side of the road, you may well spot Annie’s Gardens. Wherever you are heading on a Laura Ingalls Wilder trip or any trip in the Midwest you will most likely see roadside farmer stands. Some will be very simple by the side of the road, some of these will even just have an honesty bucket to put your money in. Others will be in some sort of wagon or cart and you’ll find them parked in the corner of some parking lot in a busy part of a town or small city. Still others will be more elaborate affairs, like Annie’s Gardens where they have complicated buildings and are manned with a salesperson to sell you fresh food, usually much of it locally grown, with some occasional more exotic fruits and nuts thrown in. Depending on the location the food can be cheap or not, but it’s usually very good and well worth a quick stop when you’re homeward bound to stock up. (Especially if you find yourself in Iowa in July or August, if you’ve only had supermarket sweet corn, you’ve never really had sweet corn.)
This look behind a specific stand is part of the new Iowa Public Television show Iowa Ingredient, hosted by Charity Nebbe (who has interviewed me several times now on Talk of Iowa, her radio show). The town they mention that has the grocery store is Cresco which is also very near Burr Oak. Enjoy the video and keep an eye out on your next trip.