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We are East Grove Farms, LLC. located 5 miles southeast of Salem, IA in the southeast corner of the state. We specialize in organically grown alternative crops such as elderberries, aronia berries and other native and heirloom fruits. We are situated on Iowa’s oldest continuously settled farm established by Joel C. Garretson in 1837.

'Ol Joe Is Ready for the snow

This December we started work on a sleigh so we could continue to give tours through the winter. We found a pair of runners that were made by Joel Garretson Sr. in the 80's, and built it from there. It is made entirely from wood off of the farm and can fit six adults, maybe a few more if you are on very good terms with each other. It has been equiped with a six bottle wine rack for those extended rides away from the tasting room. Now all we need is some snow!

Elderberry Reserve Now Available for Sale

East Grove is proud to announce that our flagship wine, the Elderberry Reserve is available for sale.

Dry Full-Bodied Wine “This is not your grandfather's elderberry wine. This full-bodied red wine is made from Frontenac grapes grown here in Iowa that are fermented with elderberries off of the farm. The elderberries are high in tannins and they also help smooth out the cold varietal grapes natural acidity. Made in limited batches for the discerning wine drinker. ”

”This wine has big legs and hints of american oak from select trees off the farm. Baked cherry or dark cherry flavors and some baking spice make this wine go great with your dinner.”

”I don't always drink wine. But when I do, its Elderberry Reserve.”

winery hours

Saturday 10am - 6pm | Sunday 10am - 6pm | Anytime by Appointment

East Grove is specializing in meads or honey wine made from organically grown native Iowan and heirloom fruits. Come out to the historic Garretson farm and sample one of the many different wines we have available. We are located about 10 miles south of Mt. Pleasant off of highway 218. Head east on 335th (mile marker 32) for one mile and look for the house on your right.

Implementing NEW ideas for agriculture sustainability

At East Grove Farms we are working on building a farm that focuses on improving the health of the soil first. Organic growing methods and pesticide free technologies are tested and used on the farm. We hope to work with researchers in the future to discover the most effective methods for producing our crops while maintaining our commitment to sustainable agriculture.