By J.O. Parker
If you are looking for some unique, locally handmade products, consider attending the Homegrown Grace “Market on the Farm” event on Saturday, May 13 in Victor from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hosted by Randy and AJ Schnebbe, owners of RS Welding Studio, the event will feature 50 plus makers of all original handmade products and foods.
Some of the items offered include goat soap, bath accessories, leather handbags and leather products, baked goods, jewelry, homemade jams and jelly, salsa, BBQ rubs, freeze dried candy, fruit and vegetables, wall décor, handmade greeting cards, womenswear, children and adult clothing, woodworking, wreaths, candles, keychains, kitchen hand towels, engraved drinkware and garden trinkets.
“We will have a little of everything,” said AJ.
There will also be food trucks, live music and a free “Family Fun Zone” that includes an inflatable slide, obstacle course and climbing wall for the youngsters.
Food trucks include a casserole truck, Victor Market pizza, a Mexican food vendor and the Parnell Peppers 4-H Club who will be serving refreshments. The Whistle Stop will be offering Bloody Marys and featuring local wines and beer.
AJ said her daughter’s middle name is Grace and she came up with the name for the event.
This is the third year that the Schnebbes have hosted the market at their farm at 2026 B Ave., Victor. The event came about during COVID-19 when the couple, who were regulars at the Des Moines Farmers Market, received a letter noting that the DM market was looking to cut back on the number of artisans due to COVID.
“We were wanting to do something on our farm and this opened the door,” said AJ.
Since 2021, the couple has hosted the “Market on the Farm” event four times a year during the summer months. This year, the couple decided to offer the event May 13 and again on Sept. 23, due mainly to the many area community events that take place.
In addition to the “Market on our Farm” event, the Schnebbes have a store offering their welding products. The business is open five days a week and several Saturdays when they are not attending farmers’ markets. It’s open to local vendors and makers to sell their goods.
“We try to keep it all local if possible,” said AJ. “We try to support local people and businesses. The goal is to see many local makers showcase their products among our metal art.”
For more information, visit Homegrown Grace on Facebook or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-930-7246.