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Feature: Twin County Dairy (Kalona, Iowa)

Twin County Dairy (Near Kalona, Iowa)

Commonly referred to as the “cheese factory,” the Twin County Dairy in Kalona, Iowa, has long been one of my family’s favorite destinations.  Inside the dairy’s quaint market, visitors can sample gourmet cheeses, shop for Iowa-made goods, and, most importantly, buy some of their delicious cheese curds.

These cheese curds sold at the cheese factory are nothing like the ones you’ll find in your neighborhood grocery stores or gas stations.  Sold fresh, these curds are guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.  They’ll also bring a smile to your face, as a short, cute squeaking sound emerges from your mouth with each delicious bite.

If you’re traveling on I-80 and have a little time to spare, veer south on Highway 1 and stop at the dairy for a pound or two of cheese curds.  Note that they’re best enjoyed at lukewarm temperature, so avoid the refrigerator until necessary – about 24 hours after purchase.

Feature: Stringtown Grocery (Kalona, Iowa)

Stringtown Grocery (Near Kalona, Iowa)

A few miles north of the community of Kalona, Iowa, sits Stringtown Grocery, a small but delightful store that sells fresh produce, baked goods, plus bulk groceries and spices.

When you walk in, you’ll see a few cakes and cookies for sale on the front shelf of this Amish-run store.  Peruse the aisles and you will find bulk packages of everything ranging from flour to brown sugar to chocolate chips to pasta.  There are no gimmicks here: prices are extremely reasonable and goods are packed in plastic bags with hand-written or hand-stamped labels.

The entire area has a certain charm to it: take a drive down the country roads near Kalona and you’re likely to see an Amish family working in the field or riding down the road in a horse-drawn carriage.  And, make a point to stop by Stringtown Grocery, located just off Highway 1.