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Cover of the Kontact Summer 2019 Barn

The cover photo, featuring the Barn at Schwinn Produce in Leavenworth, was taken by Tom Parker. The timber frame and wood peg structure is the centerpiece of a wedding venue that includes a small cottage for brides, a photo-worthy sunflower patch, and an outdoor ceremony area carpeted with turf. “The barn’s been very good to us from a business standpoint,” Joe Schwinn says, “but it’s kind of hurt us from an agricultural standpoint because we can’t do U-pick as much as we’d like to.” The farm has strawberry and pumpkin U-picks as well as produce production for sales at farmers markets. Schwinn Produce is one of three farms to be toured on August 15.

Photo credit: Tom Parker

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