I was just on some farmers blog and the farmer was talking about running out of things to blog about and I commented “Try having a farm blog and not be farming yet”. I do struggle to come up with stuff to post about and I have to be very creative to come up with interesting things so people keep reading my blog. So I have come up with a new idea. Even though I am not in the market to buy a farm now I still love to look at farms that are for sale. I have also noticed people who read farm blogs seem to be interested in that kind of thing too. My idea is to do posts every now and then called Iowa Farms For Sale. In these posts I will be featuring an actual farm that is for sale in Iowa and giving my opinion what one could do with them if they purchased it. Like I did on the post A Farm Of Interest. Please give me your feed back on this post, I need every ones opinion on whether Iowa Farms For Sale is a good idea.
First up is a picture perfect post card of farm for sale just a few miles outside Centerville Iowa for $299.000.00. If I liked to deal with people ( which I don’t, that is one reason why I am moving to the country) I would buy this 1870’s farm and turn this 23 acre beauty into a Bed and Breakfast farm. This property and house has all the charm one needs for a good farm income and could double as a bed and breakfast
As you can see from the sign above the property is on the National Register of Historic Places and it has been well-preserved by the current owners. The 23 acres are a mixture of pasture and timber with a 2 acre pond with 3 bridges and a gazebo. It also has a great looking barn.
I would market this Bed and Breakfast farm to families with children in Des Moines, Kansas City, and Chicago as a National Registered Historic farm still farming the way they did back in the late 1800’s. I see parents wanting to show their children where food comes from and what farm life is like. The guest could participate if they chose to in some of the daily farm activities, like gathering the morning eggs or could help or watch the milking of the cows. They could help with some of the morning chores like feeding the animals, there they would have a chance to pet the animals, I have noticed Kids really love that sort of thing.
Every thing served for the breakfast would have been raised, grown or made on the farm.
The house has 6 bedrooms and 2 baths.
The house has a 6 acre yard so I would also have “Historic Farm Days” a once a year, two day event on a weekend where you would invite the people of Centerville and the surrounding communities to visit the farm for a tour of the historic farm and have a farmers market and invite other small farmers to come and sell their products too. You could have an exhibit of heritage breed animals like Highland cattle and Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs and chickens that were grown back in the 1800’s and invite other farmers who raise other Heritage breeds to show their animals.
You could have a blacksmith there to demonstrate how they made horse shoes back then, or quilt makers workshop on how to make quilts. You could show how they made candles and soap back then too. You could have activities for families like hayrack rides, bobbing for apples, and cow pie throwing contest. You could even have a fishing contest for the kids with the kid who catches the biggest fish would get some kind of prize. You do this so the town folk know about you so when they have relatives that come to visit they would be more apt to recommend your Bed and Breakfast instead of the Super 8 or some other similar chain that is usually what is found in small towns in Iowa.
You could also have a farm store where you would sell your grass-fed beef, pork, and chicken for people who want healthy hormone, and antibiotic free meats. I would sell organic chicken feed and other items that small hobby farmers would need in the area. It is just some ideas what one could do if they were the proud owners of this property.
I don’t know if this property is still available but I found it on Land Watch. http://www.landwatch.com/Appanoose-County-Iowa-Homesite-for-sale/pid/200155837
I hope you enjoyed this and please let me know if you did. Until next time please enjoy more photos of this property below