Farm invites you to ‘Meet your Farmer!’

Raccoon Forks Farms is having a party, and you’re invited! Meet Your Farmer! is a chance to connect with local food fans and learn more about what we’re up to at the Farms. Along with lots of good conversation, we’ll have live music, door prizes, and tasty food raised at the Farms and prepared by the great crew at Railroad Bill’s Dining Car. We’ll also be selling summer CSA shares and other items from the Farms.

Where does your food come from? Join us for Meet Your Farmer! and find out how we raise ours - locally, sustainably, and chemical-free!

Date: Thursday, February 22nd
Time: Open house, 5-7 p.m.
Place: Railroad Bill’s Dining Car
621 Des Moines Street, Des Moines

Questions? Please call or email. Hope you can join us - we’d really love to see you!

Ciabatta Cheese Bread recipe



  • - 1 round loaf of Ciabatta bread from Brick Street Bakery
  • - 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • - 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • - 1 tbsp. country-style Dijon
  • - 1 tbsp. fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • - 1 tbsp. diced onion or 1/4 t onion powder
  • - 1 tbsp. large clove garlic minced
  • - 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • - 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese



  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Slice bread into 1-inch slices, but don't cut all the way through.
  3. Whisk together butter, olive oil, Dijon, parsley, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Spoon mixture into the cracks of the bread. Gently stuff the cheese into the cracks as well.
  4. Wrap the stuffed Brick Street Bakery Ciabatta in foil and bake at 400 F for 20 min. Open foil and bake 10 more min. or until the outside of the bread is toasted


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Puppies for Valentine’s Day

What Are You Giving Your Sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?

We recommend a puppy! In fact, we recommend a sweet, beautiful Great Pyrenees puppy from Raccoon Forks Farms! Our livestock guardian dog, Aude, had seven puppies in December. Two have been purchased, but we have two females and three males remaining. All the puppies are extremely well-socialized – because somehow we keep diverting ourselves from our work to play and snuggle with them. Can you imagine?

The puppies are purebred Great Pyrenees. Great Pyrenees make wonderful family pets and excellent livestock guard dogs. Aude and our other dogs do a terrific job of protecting the chickens, sheep, and general goings-on at the Farms. The puppies are AKC-registerable and, potentially, showable. We’re asking $800.00 per dog. Call or email us if you have any questions!

Someone in your life – your children, your sweetie, your livestock – needs at least one puppy! They will be old enough to leave the farm for their new homes on Valentine’s Day. ♥