"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 59 Septembert 2013
Dear Friend of Adel,

Happy September! If you're like me the summer months fly by and September is a chance to slow down and recharge before the next gear-up of activity. Of course not everyone gets to wind down this month.

Case in point, we had the pleasure of visiting with Cary Knight of Patch's Pumpkin and Honey Farm. We only scratch the surface of all the things Cary is involved with as he prepares for a busy fall.

This month we also cover the Golf Course September Events, Adel Awarded $500,000 Grant John D. Gomke 5K, the Upcoming Apple Festival and 2 Concerts, news from Around Town, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

So, grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, it's a great read.

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month.


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In This Issue
Cary Knight - Patch's Pumpkins & Honey Farm
September is Life Insurance Awareness Month
Penoach - Apple Festival and Two Concerts
Still Time to Register for the John D. Gomke 5K
Adel Awarded $500,000 Development Grant
Let's Dance Upcoming Fall Session to Begin
ISU Dallas County Extension Events
River Valley Golf Course September Events
Around Town - Upcoming Events
Cary Knight - Patch's Pumpkins & Honey Farm
Patch's Pumpkins - Adel Iowa
Cary Knight - Patch's Pumpkins
& Honey Farm


At first glance, some might think that Adel, Iowa is located only in the three blocks around the downtown square.  


But in truth, our town reaches out in all directions from that central point, snaking its way around Dallas County to surprisingly close destinations.  


The unincorporated land in the area is home to many who proudly choose to call Adel home.  


At the end of one of these winding trails lives the Knight family and Patch's Pumpkins and Honey Farm, celebrating 10 years on the farm this September.


Cary Knight, his wife Kim, and children Zach, Chris, Jim and Kaitlyn seem to channel fate. 10 years ago, the family moved from Winterset to Adel to start a landscaping business. While his customers were very happy with his work, the business did not prosper as intended.


Patchs Pumpkins - Adel Iowa
The Knights: Kim, Cary and children Kaitlyn Zach, Chris, and Jim

One day, a friend called to say her field trip to a nearby pumpkin patch had been rained out, and asked if she could bring the kids out to the farm instead. Cary called a friend from Winterset and asked to buy some pumpkins for the kids as a surprise. The man donated a truckload of pumpkins that Cary rolled into the field, so that the kids would have their pumpkin patch experience after all. With an antique tractor and borrowed hayrack, Cary gave rides and entertained the kids for the afternoon.


Soon, Cary noticed cars pulling into the driveway with license plates from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. People had seen the bright orange orbs in the field from the Interstate and pulled off to visit the pumpkin patch! His good deed had lead to an unexpected new business venture.


Cary's hayfield was replanted and the family began the process of learning how to care for the pumpkins. "That first year we planted the pumpkins, looked out at the field and said, 'now what?' We had to learn how to grow them!"


The small size of the farm had its pros and cons. While it is the perfect size to grow enough pumpkins for visitors with room to grow, the plot's smaller size required the family to be self reliant when dealing with pesticides and overall care.


The first year Patch's had 2 farmer market tents and a camper/trailer with a small hay maze and tractor rides. Now, the patch has an acre dedicated to parking that fills up and spills out half a mile onto either side of the gravel road leading to the house.


The Harvest Market and Gift store is located in the remodeled 1880's corn crib across from the permanent concession stand with picnic tables, a play area, private fire pit rental space, and birthday rental space. The grounds now house goats, chickens, and curious turkeys that are part of the only interactive animal experience in central Iowa.


There are bounce houses, 2 corn mazes, a corn pit, cow train rides, bag games, duck races, and horse and pony rides. Not to mention the pumpkin cannon that has to be witnessed in person to understand its truly awesome nature. Patch's Pumpkins and Honey Farm has grown from a roadside stop to Adel's own multi-day adventure park.


"It's just gone crazy. I think that seeing us straight off the interstate helped us grow. But we also get a ton of business from all the surrounding communities."


In the spirit of helping others, Cary took a young pumpkin farmer from Iowa City under his wing and was again rewarded with a positive turn of events.


The entrepreneur researched corn mazes and let Cary know that most corn mazes, while very decorative from an overhead view, are often too big and complicated to the visitor stuck in the middle trying to find their way out. It takes about 20 minutes per acre to complete the maze, making the ideal design 4-5 acres, which fit perfectly with Patch's.


Last year the family spelled out Stine Seed in support of their sponsor in 50-foot letters that could be seen from the Google Earth satellite in space.  


This year, Cary has designed a winding, twisting maze without any straight lines featuring the mascot Patch the Scarecrow with ground level hidden checkpoints that change daily, offering a new challenge with each visit. The Kid Corn maze is ideal for little ones under 7 as it is a much smaller and simpler design with activities throughout the maze.

Patch's Pumpkins - Adel Iowa
The 2013 Corn Maze Layout


"We've partnered with KOA and run a hayrack to pick up campers, bring them to the farm, and then take them back. We do fun things like that; it's all about partnerships. For every good deed comes something in return and its something you don't expect.  


We did the good deed for the kids and suddenly we're into pumpkins. That good deed returned again in learning that an ideal corn maze is 4-5 acres. We grow and gain things by doing something for someone and then turn around and they have done something for us!  


We are big believers in communities helping communities and families helping families. The Barnes' Place is a new reception hall nearby.  


So companies can come to Patch's, do a pumpkin carving and apple bobbing contests and such, and then head over to the Barnes' Place for their meetings. It all goes to helping each other out."

Barne's Place Iowa
Barne's Place

In 2004 the Knights began to work with honey and again leveraged good deeds into partnerships. As part of Buy Fresh, Buy Local, a Drake University campaign to support a healthier population and promote economic growth within the state, and the Iowa Honey Producers Association, Cary is able to work with other members to receive discounts on supplies and learn new organic practices to care for his bees. As an association member, shoppers can feel confident that the raw, never pasteurized honey Patch's produces is of high quality, actually collected and jarred on site.


Patch's Pumpkins - Adel IA
High quality Honey, collected and jarred on site.

An incredibly knowledgeable, self-described hobbyist at heart, Cary knows more about bees and pumpkins than can be explained in a few words. "Did you know that a bee hive is the most sterile environment that is found in nature? Bees collect resins from the trees and physically coat the entire inside of the hive.  


Bees will visit their young 1300 times a day! They are very good parents, and the mother's are constantly doing things and cleaning. There are certain daily jobs they complete through their 21-28 day lifespan. They literally work themselves to death. There are up to 60-70,000 bees per hive at the height of the season."


Patch's Pumpkins - Adel Iowa
Cary with Bee Hives

Something that has greatly affected the honey community is Sudden Death Syndrome. One day, the hive will be alive with activity and functioning as usual. The next, all the bees have simply up and left.


Beekeepers are trying to figure out what is causing the exodus, as it only occurs in the US where pesticides and genetically modified foods are part of the bees' food supply.


The bee population was down 50% a few years ago, and another 30% last year. Some Iowa farms have lost 80-100% of their hives due to the serious problem. For Cary and Iowa Honey farms, it is no longer about production; it is about helping the bees survive. "Its in everyone's best interest to support your local honey producer. Actually, it's in everyone's best interest to support ANY Iowa honey producer!"


This year, Patch's Pumpkin and Honey Farm will be open September 21st- October 31st, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm offering 6 weeks to come out and join the fun.


In celebration of 10 years on the farm, prices have been rolled back. Pumpkins are now just 38 cents a pound. Daily passes are $3 per weekday with limited activities available, $5 per weekend day with a whole slew of fun events for all ages, or sign up for the best deal in Central Iowa - just $10 for a Season Pass.  


With season passes, there is no need to wait until the end of October to visit the pumpkin patch. Each weekend there will be a different event, featuring menu items like hot dogs, brats and BBQ Pit Master smoked meats.


For Cary and his family, living in Adel means more than just visiting the square. It's about a sense of pride and belonging. When others might wonder, "what is Adel missing", Cary is quick to mention all that Adel has to offer.


"Adel's relaxed, welcoming, and I think as the community grows the challenge will be to manage that growth and to keep its identity, and still be Adel. I don't think it needs anything.  


It's got a good school; it's a good community, with good local businesses. We just need to keep improving on what we have, not focusing on what we don't. You have everything you need in Adel-you don't have what you don't need."


Patch's Pumpkin and Honey Farm

35588 L Ln

Adel, IA 50003

Phone: 515-834-9092


September is Life Insurance Awareness Month
Josh H LSB Insurance Adel IA
Joshua Heisterkamp
Insurance Agent - LSB Financial
In life there are many things we do not want to discuss, things that are unspoken.

The problem with not discussing these tough topics is not being prepared.

The month of September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.

As your local agent I want to make sure you are prepared for the tough things in life.

Life insurance can be a valuable tool to protect your family and provide financial security. There are hundreds of products out there to buy and the number is growing each day.

So how do you determine which products, how much, or how long you need to be covered? Great question, and that is one that I would like to help you understand.

As my philosophy states, "I believe all clients deserve to have the opportunity to UNDERSTAND and be able to OBTAIN the products and services that best fit them before that need arises."

Give me a call at 515-993-5663 to discuss.

Joshua Heisterkamp
AVP Insurance Agent | LSB Financial

Lincoln Savings Bank - LSB Financial
805 Main St # 3
Office: 515-993-5663
Penoach - Apple Festival and Two Concerts
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
Apple Festival Penoach Winery will have its annual Apple Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21st., 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We will have fourteen different vendors ranging from produce, apples, pumpkins, crafts and food.

There will be live music by Code Blue, horse and wagon rides around the vineyard, face painting for kids, and Mari-gold the clown.

Brick Street Barbecue will have lunch available. As always, there will be free wine samples featuring Dallas County Apple. Admission is free. We request a non perishable food donation for the local food pantry.

On, September 20th, the night before the festival, The El Dorados will be in concert from 7-10:00 p.m. at our final Sunset in the Vineyard concert of the season.

For additional information contact, phone 515-993-4374.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Still Time to Register for the John D. Gomke 5K
John D Gomke 5K If you hadn't already, you should get registered for the 4th Annual John's Baby Steps & Kids Fun Run to be held September 21st at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel.

We are excited to have more kids activities during the 5K this year!

We will have a few things for the kids to do before and/or after the race and even during the race if the parents want to leave them in the park while they race/walk!

We will be having spin art, lego blocks, face painting & a story walk...finishing with the kids fun run and tot trot after the 5K!!!

Get registered at (before September 10th) to get a t-shirt!

Starting Time is 8:00 a.m. It promises to be another great event.

The John D Gomke Charity helps prevent child loss & honor the memory of infants who have become angels. Providing resources and funding to organizations that help care for grieving families in Central IA.

For more information, contact

John D. Gomke Charity
PO Box 613
De Soto, Iowa 50069
BAdel Awarded $500,000 Development Grant
City of Adel, Iowa City of Adel Has Been Awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $500,000 from the Iowa Economic development Authority (IEDA) for Downtown Revitalization of the City's Historic Downtown

Adel, IA (August 27, 2013) - The City of Adel has announced that it has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in an amount not to exceed $500,000.00 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The City and IEDA will enter into a contract with an ending date of July 31, 2016.

The grant funding will be used to revitalize the City's historic downtown courthouse square district and involves a comprehensive fa├žade improvement project... continue reading

City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Fax: (515) 993-4527
Let's Dance Upcoming Fall Session to Begin

Adel Let's Dance - Adel Iowa Classes begin at Let's Dance in Adel the week of September 9th. Let's Dance is located at 907 1/2 Main Street, above Studio 10 Salon, in Adel.

Lessons are offered to children age 3-18 in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, pointe, and competitive team.

We offer Zumba and Fitness Classes for adults as well!

Let's Dance is owned and under creative direction by Lindsey Grife.

Contact her at or 515-491-1758.

Please "like" Let's Dance on Facebook.

Let's Dance
Lindsey Grife
907 1/2 Main Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-491-1758
ISU Dallas County Extension Events
Dallas County Extension Office, Adel Iowa
ISUEO - Girl Talk Girl Talk promotes positive self-esteem while helping 5th and 6th grade girls and their moms develop and practice communication skills.

Attending Girl Talk will:

- Increase the quality and quantity of communication about sexuality issues within the context of the family

- Provide necessary factual information about sexuality

- Show the importance of and how to do breast self-exams and items related to hygiene & female health issues


Dates:  Tuesdays, Sept. 17th - Oct. 8th
Times:  6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location:  Waukee Elementary School

ISUEO - Strengthening Families Strengthening Families
is a seven
week skills-building program for
parents to attend with their
youth ages 10-14.

This program will help:
  • Build and maintain a positive relationship during the challenging teen years
  • Prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems
  • Strengthen parent/youth communication skills by using the love and limits model in guiding your family and problem solving
Perry Session
Dates: Mondays, Sept. 9th. through Oct. 21st.
Times: 6-8:30 pm (free meal provided at 6 pm with program starting at 6:30 pm)
Location: Perry Middle School

Waukee Session
Dates: Sundays, Oct. 6th through Nov. 17th.
Times: 5-7:30 pm (free meal provided at 5 pm with program starting at 5:30 pm)
Location: Waukee Elementary School

To Register and For Questions for All Programs, Contact:

ISU Extension and Outreach - Dallas County
Lisa Mickelson
BRiver Valley Golf Course September Events
River Valley Golf Course As the Fall time is approaching, River Valley Golf Course wanted to make sure everyone knows of all the great events we still have going on out here.

The Fall is our favorite part of the golf season, and we hope you would like to join us for some fun as we begin wrapping up our 10th Season!

It has been very hot out during the middle of the day, so we recommend taking advantage of our Twilight Special after 4:00 pm. This special runs everyday, and is our 9-hole rate for 18 holes! Please also don't forget that on Mondays and Wednesdays after 4:00 p.m. you can bring a Junior (under 18 years old) out to play with you for ...continue reading

Curt Wahlert
General Manager
River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Trl
Adel, Iowa 50003
Around Town
Adel Museum Adel Historical Museum Open for 2013

The Adel Historical Museum is open on Saturdays through September from noon to 4:00 p.m. Eight rooms are filled with history of Adel and ....  Continue Reading

Yoga Adel 2013 Adel Yoga Class Schedule

Over the years, our yoga group has developed into a close group of friends that get together once a week for gentle exercise We invite you to...   Continue reading
Doc's Hunt Club Shield Doc's Hunt Club - Open September 1st.

Hunting Season is around the corner! Doc's Hunt Club is gearing up for our 2013-2014 hunting season. Doc's will have pheasant, chukar partridge and quail...  Continue reading
Master Gardener ISUEO
Gardening Webinar - 'Moisture Extremes in the Landscape'

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer garden webinars to be hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach...  Continue reading

Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading

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Adel United Methodist Church Wednesday Night Suppers

Each Wednesday from September 11th to May, the Adel United Methodist Church will offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community... Continue reading 
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Adel's Divine Dancers Car Wash Fundraiser Sept. 14th.

Adel's Divine Dancers is having a free will donation car wash. September 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at the Adel Fareway... Continue reading
Figure 8 Races
2013 Figure 8 Races at the Dallas County Fair Grounds

Join us in Adel for the 2013 Season of Figure 8 Racing at the Dallas County Fair Grounds. Races are held on the North Track and start at 6:30 p.m... Continue reading
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2013 Mudbog Races at Dallas County Fairgrounds

The Adel Mudbog Races are returning to the Dallas County Fairgrounds. Races Start at 4:00 p.m. Registration for event from... Continue reading
Fusion FriendshipFest Adel Iowa
Fusion Friendshipfest October 19th.

Looking for something fun to do with your family and friends this fall? Make plans to attend the Friendship Fest hosted by Fusion Church on October 16th in... Continue reading
Berry Fresh Farms Adel Iowa
Berry Fresh Farms Open for Summer 2013

Berry Fresh Farms opens June 14th. Bring the family out and pick fresh strawberries. While you're there, enjoy a fun time at the farm and see the animals... Continue reading

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Summer is drawing to a close and the leaves are beginning to change as we prepare for an exciting fall here at the Adel Public Library.  


The Friends of the Adel Public Library made $1,850 and those funds will help us plan another great Summer Reading Program in 2014.  


We shipped the unsold books to a great organization called Better World Books who will sell the books and donate a percentage of the sales back to the friends, and another percentage to the National Center for Family Literacy.  


Near the end of every summer Ms. Paula locks herself in her office for a week and feverishly works to complete our annual state report.  


This reports shows the state how important our library is to Adel and we are so grateful to each and every one the 46,075 people who came to visit us last year! Here are some of the library facts from last year:


* 4,589 library users checked out books and other items an astounding 90,730 times!

* We have 46,244 books and other items in our library.

* 2,294 e-books were checked out last year.

* 406 new people joined the library last year.

* Our programs attracted 4,795 people.

* 487 groups used our community room.

Our next Garage Sale of the year is Friday September 27th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday September 28th from 10:00 am to Noon.  


All proceeds from the monthly Garage Sales are used by the Friends of the Adel Public Library for special projects and programs at the library.


Book Clubs

are a great way to meet new people and share the love of reading.  



The library has two monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.  


The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, September 12th at Noon to discuss to discuss any Banned Book.  


September 22nd to 28th is Banned Book Week and the library has a selection of titles that have all been banned at one time or another.  


Reader's can chose and banned book and share their thoughts about it at our next meeting.  


The Evening Book Club meets on Thursday, September 26th to discuss "The Iowa Farmer's Wife" by local author Bill Beaman who will be attending the club meeting.


Join our Exercise Group three mornings each week and get your morning started in a fit and healthy way.  


The exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 am every week.  


Complete schedules are available at the information desk.


Kid's activities are back! Every Magnificent Monday at 4:00 pm we'll have a different activity; the first Monday of the month is Lego League, the second Monday is a Mad Science group, the third Monday we'll play Board Games, and the fourth Monday is a Crafternoon.  


All school aged kids are welcome to come and have fun at your library!


Story Time

for ages 3-5 year olds will meet on Mondays,  



Toddler Time for children 3 and under will be held on Tuesdays, while Music Time for all preschoolers will meet on Thursdays.   


The first Thursday of each month will be a special LEGO: Duplo Story time instead of Music Time.  


Each class will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is sure to be lots of fun.  


These programs resume on Monday, September 9th and continue until December.  


The library will have an Early Out Movie for all school-aged children on Patriot's Day, Wednesday, September 11th at 2:00 pm.  


Come watch "The Smurfs" on the big screen, and we'll provide the popcorn!


The first Teen Advisory Board meeting for the fall will be on Tuesday, September 10th at 4:00 pm.  


As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at, or you can follow us on Facebook at and Twitter.


Our next Garage Sale of the summer is Friday August 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday August 31st from 10:00    


Library Hours:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Trever Jayne
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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DDiscover Chef
Prepare Fresh Pumpkins
and Pumpkin Pie

This month we bring you a "2fer" from Cary Knight at Patch's Pumpkins and Honey Farm.

First, learn how to prepare fresh pumpkins, then turn it into Pumpkin Pie!

1. Cut off the stem and top 1/4 of the pumpkin.

2 Scoop out the seeds and place skin up into a 9x13 baking dish.

3. Add 1/2 cup water to the dish and cover with foil.

4. Bake at 325-350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the flesh of the pumpkin is easily pierced with a fork.  Let the cooked pumpkin cool so you can handle them.

5. Using a large spoon, scrape the flesh away from the skin into a bowl or container of your choice.

6. To break up the stinginess, use a hand blender and tall, narrow container until the pumpkin to be similar to baby food. Keep in an a tightly covered container in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. You could also freeze or can the prepared pumpkin for later use.

Tip: You can eat any variety of pumpkin, but some are breed to be sweeter. Stop out at Patch's and ask Cary for a "pie pumpkin"!

Patch's Pumpkin Pie

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1 C. Sugar or 1.25 cups Honey (If you want to use honey a 50-50 ratio of sugar to honey works best.)
For diabetics use 1/3 cup Stevia or 1.25 cups of Splenda

1.5 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ground Cloves
1 tsp. Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
4 Lrg. Eggs
3 C. Fresh Pumpkin
18oz. Evaporated Milk (1 & 1/2, 12oz cans)
1/2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

Mix dry ingredients Sugar, Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice, Ginger and Salt in separate bowl.

Place pumpkin puree into a large mixing bowl, add eggs, and evaporated milk. (If using honey, add it to this mixture now).  

Once well mixed, add the dry ingredients a little at a time.  By mixing the spices into the sugar this will allow for better blending of spice that sometimes do not incorporate well into a wet mixture.

Add the vanilla and give one last hand stir.

Put tinfoil around the edge of the pie crust and place on a cookie sheet.  The foil will prevent your pie edges from turning dark brown.

Pour the pumpkin pie mixture into the deep dish shell. Be careful to not get the tinfoil into the pumpkin pie mix or when you go to remove the foil the edge crust will come with it.  

Bake at 425 degrees for the first 15 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350  degrees and bake another 45 to 60 minutes, until a clean knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

This recipe makes a light, fluffy pie.  For a more dense pie use 3 eggs and 12oz of evaporated milk.

Let cool and enjoy!
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