Jupiter Ridge Farm (Jupiter Ridge LLC) produces ethically and sustainably grown gourmet shiitake mushrooms, herbs, and vegetables in Garber, Iowa, between Elkader and Guttenberg. The farm is located atop a 1200-foot high ridge covered with prairie and forest, nestled deep in the bluffs of Driftless Iowa (Northeastern Iowa). Farmer William Lorentzen, along with co-farmer, co-owner, and freelance sustainable agriculture and herbalist writer Adrian White, combine their farming fortes into a happy and sustainable whole.
In the past, both Will and Adrian managed Echollective Farm & CSA (Will for 6 years, Adrian for 3) in Mechanicsville, an organic farm just north of Iowa City, Iowa. During that time, Will began his own growing initiative specializing in organic shiitake and oyster mushrooms in 2012, along with an ethical Swine CSA that ran for 3 years. A land opportunity with the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) brought the farm up to northeastern Iowa in late 2016, finally starting its own independent operation on independent land.
Shiitake mushrooms are grown organically on hardwood logs that are ethically and locally sourced. Vegetables are produced using sustainable and environmentally responsible growing methods, including healthy soil building, cover cropping, crop rotation, compost amending, all-natural fertilizers, and minimal chemical use (save for pesticides allowed in USDA organic certification). We are working towards both USDA Organic Certification and Certified Naturally Grown labels.
Over the years, Jupiter Ridge’s (formerly Oak Savanna’s) gourmet mushrooms have found their way to many a plate in local restaurants such as Share, Basta, Pullman Bar and Diner, and Clinton Street Social Club in Iowa City; the Palisades Cafe in Mt. Vernon; and Amos Dean’s in Solon, Iowa. They have also been available at New Pioneer Co-ops in Iowa City, Coralville, and Cedar Rapids.
Currently, Jupiter Ridge regularly sells product to restaurants including Cobble Hill Eatery & Dispensary, Map Room, Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery, Lightworks Cafe, and many other restaurants in Cedar Rapids; Rodina in the Czech Village; Bohemian Grocer in the NewBo District; Brazen Open Kitchen and other wholesale buyers in Dubuque; Schera’s Algerian Bar and Restaurant in Elkader, and others.
We also work with other businesses, non-profits, restaurants, other fellow small/sustainable farmers, and wholesale buyers to provide a network of local food to eastern and northeastern Iowa restaurants and communities, like The Kitchen Counter, Chef Run Farms and Catering, Hoffmann Family Farms, Turkey River Farm, Echollective Farm, Onion Grove, Muddy Miss Farms, and others. Jupiter Ridge Farm also has a small, but growing, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the Cedar Rapids surrounding areas.
The farm also donates produce to non-profits like Feed Iowa First to get healthy, sustainable food to people in need. Jupiter Ridge farm also sells its produce and mushrooms direct to consumer at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers Market, the Dubuque Farmers Market, and the Dubuque Winter Farmers Market.
If you would like to get in touch with Jupiter Ridge’s farmers to get involved with mushroom or vegetable production, source products, or have any questions,
Home/Business Landline: 563-277-6007
William Phone: 563-321-2829
Adrian Phone: 507-573-2033
Locate The Farm At:
Jupiter Ridge LLC
35217 Jupiter Rd.
Garber, Iowa 52048