Iowa Barn Foundation All State Tour Sat-Sun, Sept 23-24

Our barns are on this year’s Iowa Barn Foundation All State Tour Sat-Sun, Sept 23-24. If you haven’t been to the farm you should visit. Click here for Directions to the farm. We’ll have the Sunday CSA 4-5, same time. Cookies by Nikki Latray, East Side Bakery, Harrison St.

Dear friends of small frye farm’s weekly vegetable/herb/cut flower CSA in Iowa City and the Maysville farm: 

This is your invitation and I really hope you’ll join! It is our 9th year and the fee’s the same since 2013. Please email me or call at 319.936.1216 with questions.

For those of you who are new to the CSA, our vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers are organic and non-GMO, and nearly all the edibles are heirlooms (as are many of the flowers).  This season, we will have a variety of tomato, carrot, bean, arugula, pea, chard, leek, kale, lettuce, spinach, edamame, eggplant, sweet pepper, hot pepper, radish, squash, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, melon, currant, strawberry, sorrel, basil, parsley, lavender, tarragon, lovage, rosemary, nasturtium, oregano, mint, savory, chive, dill, sage, borage, thyme, and a multitude (approximately 60 varieties) of seasonal cutting flowers.  I am continually expanding the perennial flower and herb beds, and planting more fruit trees and bushes. if you have a favorite vegetable, herb or flower, tell me and if it’s available I’ll plant it.

This is how the csa works: Iowa City customers pick up their flowers (one bouquet per subscriber or full share) and food every Thursday between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. in our driveway at 816 River street, Iowa City. Quad City customers come out to the farm at 11150 New Liberty Road, Maysville to pick up their share every Sunday between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  I will provide baskets, and your flowers will be arranged in a vase.  My husband, Mike Kienzle, will serve a beverage and snacks, and we love having people come and stay a while. Dogs and kids are always welcome at both locations. If these days don’t work for you, we’ll find a day that does.

If you are unable to pick up at either location, let me know and I will get things delivered to you. Each week, bring back your vase and another arrangement will already be prepared for you. Please let me know if you need delivery service on a regular basis.

This year, the fee for one share in the vegetable-flower-fruit-herb csa is $550.00, same as the last four years. The fee covers the entire season, weekly, from April/May to November; it averages about $20.00 per week. Start and end times are weather-dependent. It’s a healthy bargain!

Please send a check to me at 816 River St, Iowa City, 52246.  If you are unable to pay all at once, up to four installments are fine. I cannot do weekly payments or a pay-as-you-go arrangement. If you want to subscribe, please let me know by replying to this email as soon as possible, and send me a check for the full or partial amount.  Please make sure I have your email address and cell phone number.  Mine is 319.936.1216.

Remember, if you can’t make it on pick-up day or plan to be out of town, send a friend or neighbor in your place!  Your weekly share should never go unused.

Weekly, on Wednesdays or Thursdays, I send out an email letting you know what you’ll be receiving.  If, for some reason, you don’t hear from me, it is because I literally ran out of time or had computer failure.  It is not because I have cancelled.

Feel free to email or call with questions or to reserve your spot. Remember, if there is a favorite food you would like me to grow, tell me. I’m happy to expand the inventory.

As always, thank you for supporting small frye farm and I hope to see you in the spring. I will send out an email a week or two prior to the opening date, and I hope to hear from you.

Sincerely, Susan.


June 14, 2016 Camp Nesher at small frye farm will be a beautiful day!

Jewish day camp is a tradition in every Jewish community around the world. The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities sponsors a Day Camp so that children 4 – 8 can experience this tradition. Science educator Shifra Gassner has operated the camp for the past five years and focuses the camper experience around the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, which means to repair the world. Through various field trips and lessons campers learn about stewardship of the land, and the animals that we depend upon in our world. By visiting small frye farm campers can connect physically with the soil needed to grow vegetables. Last year we planted melons and cucumbers and made homemade laundry detergent. This year we will plant, harvest, cook, and eat.


Welcome to the 2016 season.

The first CSA will be in Iowa City in our driveway at 816 River Street this Thursday, May 12, 5-6 p.m. My beloved spouse Mike Kienzle will welcome you with a glass of wine (or water) and peanuts.

The first CSA at the Maysville farm will be Sunday, May 15, 4-5 p.m. Again, my beloved spouse will welcome you, as will I.


visit small fry farm during the Women Food & AG Network Friday afternoon field tours

Rural Tour – Focus on Horticulture

This tour is designed to give you a look at a variety of farm businesses based on horticulture. We will visit the following women-owned farms:

Small Frye Farm (Maysville, IA). In 2009, Susan Frye established the small frye farm vegetable, fruit, herb, cutting flower CSA which serves subscribers in Scott and Johnson counties. The seven-acre homestead has been organic since 1994, and nine additional acres were certified organic in 2013 with twenty-three more set aside as chemical free.

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small fry farm will host camp nesher, a kids’ day camp

June 2, 2015 sponsored by the jewish federation of the quad cities

participants will learn about the ways to grow plants without hurting the soil and the creatures that live in the garden habitat, as part of their study of tikkun olam (repairing the world). for more information, please contact shifra gassner,


University Heights Farmers Market

Visit Susan or Sam at the University Heights Farmers Market, 5:00-7:00 p.m., every first Tuesday, June through October. Fresh food as well as cut flowers will be available!


2014 Upper Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference

Join us on Friday, June 27, 2014 for the Upper Midwest Conference of Master Gardners and Sunday July 27 for the Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day.

June 25-28, 2014 Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center Bettendorf, Iowa

The Scott County Iowa Master Gardeners have worked hard, lining up a fantastic program and tours for the Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference June 25-28, 2014 at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf, Iowa. The theme for the conference is “Growing Along the River”, a reference to Master Gardeners’ common interest in growing and learning about plants, and the mighty Mississippi River, which not only flows by the conference facilities but also unites the states in the Upper Midwest region. Nationally known speakers Lauren Springer-Ogden, Scott Ogden, Melinda Myers and Felder Rushing headline a host of talented presenters who will be teaching classes during the conference. In most cases, you’ll have a choice from among six concurrent sessions. But you won’t be sitting in classrooms the entire time. The conference includes tours of private gardens, Iowa State University horticulture demonstration and research sites, public gardens such as the Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Vander Veer Botanical Park, and Quad Cities Botanical Center, and behind-the-scenes tours of commercial horticultural operations. The Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference provides plenty of opportunity to share ideas with Master Gardeners from other locations—from the opening reception on Wednesday evening to informal conversations during coffee breaks to Search for Excellence Awards presentations to informative classes and tours. Come join the fun in the Quad Cities this June! website: Upper Midwest Conference of Master Gardners

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Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day

To be held at small frye farm on Sunday, July 27, 2014

Field days are a mainstay of Practical Farmers, occurring throughout the year and bringing farmers and the public together to learn, share knowledge and build community connections in support of a thriving agricultural system in Iowa. Field days have been a core part of Practical Farmers since the beginning, when farmers would come together to share details of on-farm research and demonstration and learn from each other in a spirit of openness and curiosity. This remains true today. While spring and summer are our peak field day seasons, our members host events throughout the year, inviting fellow farmers and the public onto their farms to learn about topics that span the agricultural spectrum, and even the intersection of farming and local foods. While the scope and number of these events has increased over the years as Practical Farmers has grown, the core purpose of these events remains the same: to share farming knowledge and discoveries, highlight on-farm research and build a vibrant community of farmers and non-farmers in support of a strong, sustainable agricultural system in Iowa. We typically host more than 35 field days, and co-host around 15 others, annually. website: Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day

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