10 Must-Try Iowa Farm-to-Fork Restaurants

Iowa has a huge advantage over many parts of the country when it comes to food preparation: Our food source is right here and in most cases doesn’t need to be transported long distances. Today we are highlighting some of the best farm-to-fork or farm-to-table restaurants in the state. We hope you enjoy learning more about them, and please consider stopping in if you are passing through. Tell them Project Buy Local sent you.


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The Food Store, Dubuque

The food store features local local, fresh, and organic food in their grocery, deli and cafe. Hailing from Dubuque, Iowa, Michael and his family have owned and operated The Food Store since 1983.

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HoQ, Des Moines

Our menu evolves almost daily and exists to showcase the finest of Iowa ingredients while supporting local farmers. We believe the best meals begin with the best ingredients. That’s why approximately 90% of our ingredients come from local farms.

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gumption., Cedar Rapids

We utilize local farmers for fresh seasonal produce, a local bakery for fresh breads, & get our ingredients as close to farm to fork as we are able. Our menu highlights unique twists on traditional favorites. And we truly feel we are destination you must check out for yourselves.

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Salt Fork Kitchen, Solon

SFK believes in the community that is built around the production, preparation, and sharing of quality, healthy food.

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Urban Eats, Dewitt

Urban Eats is based on ‘clean eating’, locally sourced, quality items, with an emphasis on “farm-to-table”. We put a premium on locally sourced food. We use produce and meats from area farms. The freshly harvested, farm fresh ingredients are prepped, chopped and prepared in house, using time-tested methods are our favorite recipes.

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Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Iowa City

At Trumpet Blossom Cafe we specialize in creative seasonal dishes while focusing on sustainability by using no animal products and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. We are committed to using organically-grown items because food should comfort & nourish you as well as the land that provides it and the folks who grow it.

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Table 128 Bistro and Bar, Clive

Table 128 is a neighborhood restaurant that is a destination for locals and travelers alike, featuring eclectic, modern American cuisine with local, seasonally inspired ingredients.

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Harvestville Farm, Donnellson

Each Farm-to-Table Dinner will feature fresh produce picked straight from our garden, along with locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meats prepared by area chefs within our regional community. Seasonal menus are chosen as collaborations between each chef and our farm to enhance our guest’s dining experience through incredible flavors, textures, and vibrant color presentations.

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Primrose Restaurant, Corning

Farm fresh produce and local meats. Simple, approachable, affordable, family friendly. Learn More…


Artisan Pizza Nights at Luna Valley Farm, Decorah

Join us for artisan pizza, made with local, organic ingredients from our gardens and pastures. Learn More…



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