Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

Garrett and Ryan Burchett, the owners of Mississippi River Distilling Company, are turning local corn into local beverages. The outfit demonstrates that buying local isn’t limited to the farmers market and shows the value for Iowa’s farmer veterans to think creatively about niche markets.

Market to Market recently did a story on the distilling brothers, who are also hosting a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day September 19, 2013 at their distillery. More details on the field day are found below.

Distilling with Local Small Grains PFI Field Day

Date: September 19, 2013

Time: 10:30 – 12

HOSTS:

Garrett and Ryan Burchett
Mississippi River Distilling Company
303 N. Cody Rd.
Le Claire, IA 52753
(563) 484-4342

DESCRIPTION:

Tour the distillery and see the entire process, from cleaning, milling and cooking the grain to the fermentation, distillation, blending, aging and bottling of spirits. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of the distillery’s rye whiskey and bourbon made with grains harvested from PFI’s Cooperators’ Program in 2012.

TOPICS:

• Process of making spirits using locally-grown small grains
• Small grain purchasing
• Whiskey / bourbon tasting

THE DISTILLERY:

Brothers Garrett and Ryan Burchett started Mississippi River Distilling Company in 2010. Since then it has already won several awards for its high-quality spirits. Mississippi River Distilling Company is one of a handful of “grain to glass” distilleries in the country that handle every step of the distilling process in small batches. Garrett and Ryan are also committed in sourcing their ingredients locally by closely working with area farmers.

DIRECTIONS:

From Interstate 80, take Exit 306 for U.S. 67 toward Le Claire / Bettendorf. Turn left onto U.S. 67 / S Cody Road and go northeast for about 2 miles.

Sponsored by: Genetic Enterprises International and Iroquois Valley Farms

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Fencing Panels/5th Wheel Hitch

Veterans In Agriculture’s Equipment Donation Program is now accepting applications for those interested in either of the following items.

Item #1: Eight chain link wire fencing panels. These measure 6 foot tall and are approx. 10 feet wide.

Item #2: 5th wheel hitch that fits inside of a truck and can be used to pull a trailer or camper.

These items will need to be picked up in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Applications will be taken through November 1, 2018. Use this link for more information and to find the application form: https://veteransinagriculture.org/programs/farm-equipment-donation-exchange-program/

If you have additional questions contact us at info@veteransinagriculture.org

Farm Starts

Watch this space for details about an upcoming meeting that will discuss organic production.