|Welcome to Small Potatoes Farm
Small Potatoes Farm is owned and managed by Rick and Stacy Hartmann. That's us below.
Rick began marketing exclusively to chefs and specialty groceries in Ames and Des Moines in 2001.
Stacy joined him in 2004. Together they purchased an old farmstead in 2004 and Small Potatoes Farm
was born. They have been improving it ever since.
In the beginning, the farmstead looked like this. It's a slow process, but we felt these ten acres could be
put to good use. Many places in similar condition are being burned, bulldozed and buried to squeeze out
an extra few acres for row crop production.
Our ten acres has about three in organic production
at any one time. The NE corner includes a couple
acres of mature maples and our north and east
border have been planted to prairie. Our large hay
barn received most of our attention the first seven
years and has been restored and painted. Last year
we built a new packing shed.
Small Potatoes now has a reputation for offering
some of the freshest and best quality vegetables
available. Our production centers around working
directly with families and individuals though our CSA.
This has been very rewarding to us and we have a
stable community of people supporting our farm and
our sustainable farming practices.
Small Potatoes Farm is an intensively managed, certified organic, human-scale farm, focused on
raising the highest quality, best-tasting vegetables in central Iowa. Our varieties are chosen with
an eye toward taste and quality.
We sell to individuals and households directly as possible, primarily through our CSA.
Besides being certified organic by a federally recognized certifying agency, we are always striving
for additional environmentally sustainable practices.
We believe our success is based on equitable relationships with those who eat our food.