Iowa grown

If you are in the market for some fresh Iowa produce, look no further than the vegetable stand located in the Webster City K-Mart parking lot. Sierra Plager, of Stratford, has spent her days off as the diamond department manager at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in West Des Moines selling corn, jams and tiki torches to eager customers.

“My schedule differs every week, depending on work,” she said. “But there are people at the corn stand about every day in the summer.”

Plager, engaged to Webster City native Brian Scott, has been selling Iowa vegetables in the summer since she was 14 years old.

“This year, I’m doing it to help pay for our wedding, which is in two and a half months. It helps with all the little expenses I didn’t realize there would be,” she laughed.

She said that the vegetables are all homegrown, and that the corn is fresh from Ron Deardorff’s farm near Adel.

“The produce – watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes – everything is from Clear Creek Orchard in the Adel/Grimes area,” Plager continued. “I also sell Clear Creek Orchard jam.”

The jam, ranging from red raspberry to strawberry habanero, is priced at $6 a jar. She said that you can also buy it at the Iowa State Fair or online at www.clearcreekorchard.com.

“If you buy from me, you can save on shipping that way,” Plager said. “It’s all homemade, they grow the fruit and make it themselves in kettle batches.”

She also makes and sells unique tiki torches for area homes.

“I custom make tiki torches out of wine and liquor bottles,” she said. “I can paint them and make them to order. They don’t break as easy as the store-bought kind. They are $10 for wine bottles and $15 for liquor bottles.”

To order a customized tiki torch or for more information, contact Sierra Plager on Facebook.

Plager will continue to sell vegetables, jam and her homemade tiki torches at the K-Mart parking lot through the summer months.