Thursday Sep 21, 2023

Historic Farms with Round Barns, Pumpkins and Flowers for a Wedding

The Friedlein Round Barn was built in 1914.  Current generations of the family restored it.  The barn was on this year's Iowa Barn Tour.  I spoke with the family about how it was built and used for over a hundred years.

I also went pumpkin hunting and found another family (Joyce Thurn, Richard Thurn and Michele VonHandorf) that works together to preserve the past and prepare for the future.  They have 168 varieties of pumpkins for sale at the farm near Edgewood.  The matriarch of the family is eighty-eight and spry enough to take me for a tour of her dahlia's.  From babies to dinner plate size, they will be cut this week for wedding arrangements for her grand daughter.

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