If you’re from Iowa and you haven’t made the road trip to beautiful Madison County then make this weekend the time you finally do it. Many of you may know what I’m talking about because it’s the annual Madison County Covered Bridge Festival and you’re going to be in for one of the most scenic autumn drives in the Midwest. Winterset and its surrounding communities will be buzzing with tourists and I’m here to tell you that there is even more to enjoy when you get out on the gravel roads. Get those jerky loving cravings primed, bring a cooler for steaks, burger meat, and sausage because Bare Bison is well worth the detour!
*Hold up there partner! Remember that livestock of any kind are dangerous no matter how domesticated it might be. We had the pleasure to be shown the pastures of Bare Bison by an official guide where they were coming into feed on some tasty treats. Never approach without supervision and permission. Let’s gallivant!
As you can see I was a little nervous and called them buffalo but I can assure you that they are bison and there is a difference. I get a little hiccupy with my lines when I have thousands of pounds of some of the best raised bison in Iowa coming in for a snack. Who would have thought that alfalfa could bring in such a crowd. I’ve been using beer all theses years. Told you I was an amateur at this.
We have found some of the most amazing places when we get off the blacktops and start seeing the dust kick-up from our rear tires. We’ve even found delicious destinations and you can add Bare Bison to that list as well. You may have a carload joining the Madison County expedition, but please save room to pack as much of this bison meat in your cooler to showoff a tasty memento of the area on the comfort of your own grill, stove top, oven, saute pans and roasters!
The folks at Bare Bison gave us an amazing tour of their land and showed us how passionate they are. Farming and ranching is never an easy task no matter what you’re raising and it takes countless hours of hard work to make it happen. There’s so much of this beautiful region to see in so many corners. Make the the most of Madison County and go visit the herd!