Jupiter Ridge Mushrooms and Veg produces ethically and sustainably grown gourmet shiitake mushrooms and vegetables in Garber, Iowa, near Elkader. The farm is located atop a 1200-foot high ridge covered with prairie and forest, nestled deep in the bluffs of Driftless northeastern Iowa. Farmer William Lorentzen, along with co-farmer, co-owner, and freelance sustainable agriculture writer Adrian White, combine their farming fortes into a surprisingly happy and sustainable whole.
In the past, both Will and Adrian managed Echollective Farm & CSA (Will for 6 years, Adrian for 3) in Mechanicsville, just north of Iowa City, Iowa. During that time, Will began his own growing initiative specializing in 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 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).
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; Amos Dean’s in Solon, Iowa; and Rawlicious in Cedar Rapids. They have also been available at New Pioneer Co-ops in Iowa City, Coralville, and Cedar Rapids.
Currently, Jupiter Ridge regularly sells to restaurants including the Map Room, Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery, and Lightworks Cafe in Cedar Rapids; the Pepper Sprout and the Food Store in Dubuque; and Schera’s Algerian Bar and Restaurant in Elkader.
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 Mushrooms and Veg to get involved with mushroom or vegetable production, source products, or have any questions,
William Phone: 563-321-2829
Adrian Phone: 507-573-2033