Marilyn Farms Market
Phone: (319) 656-5255
Directions: 1385 Nutmeg Ave suite a, Kalona, IA 52247
Gary and Marilyn Hargrave were the original founders of this organic farm back in the 1980’s. It was their desire to see a restoration on many levels in what they perceived to be a profound erosion of not only the health of farming and food production in general, but the very fabric of the farm family and local community.
When we first started there were no certified organic farms in the Kalona, Iowa area. Now, it is one of the most concentrated certified organic farming areas in the country. When we first began to experiment with a 100% grass-fed beef operation in the early 1990’s, the term “grass-fed” did not register as something positive with customers. Now, the term “grass-fed” is mainstream.
Today Marilyn Farms is headed up by Phil and Marjorie Forbes, along with their two daughters Isabel and Zoe. There is a community of dedicated people working to create Gary and Marilyn’s vision.