Last Downtown Farmers Market of the season in Cedar Rapids; many other awesome markets continue

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WASHINGTON, Iowa – This Saturday, Sept. 20, is your last chance of 2014 to see everything the Downtown Farmers Market offers in Cedar Rapids, but don’t dismiss the many other farmers markets that are held in Eastern Iowa, some of … Continue reading

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Culinary Walk, Kids Day at the Market and Harvest Dinner are part of Local Food Festival in Iowa City

Diners enjoy a meal during last year's  Harvest Dinner during the Field to Family Local Food Festival in Iowa City. (photo/Field to Family)

Diners enjoy a meal during last year’s Harvest Dinner during the Field to Family Local Food Festival in Iowa City. (photo/Field to Family)

IOWA CITY – More great local foods events are happening soon in Iowa City.

This year’s Field to Family Local Food Festival is part of Eat Local Week 2014 and takes place beginning Thursday, Sept. 18, with what sounds like a delicious Culinary Walk in downtown Iowa City.

Read more about this year’s festival from Iowa City’s Field to Family: Continue reading

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Help envision a downtown edible landscape in Iowa City

Gooseberries grow at Wetherby Park in Iowa City. Residents will be asked what types of edibles should be planted at the city's rec center. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Gooseberries grow at Wetherby Park in Iowa City. Residents will be asked what types of edibles should be planted at the city’s rec center. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

IOWA CITY – Good food is in store for residents of Iowa City.

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department and Backyard Abundance, a nonprofit based in Iowa City, want input on what types of edibles to plant at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center in downtown Iowa City.

Backyard Abundance also is at the forefront of “edible forest” initiatives in Iowa. Read more about those efforts here: Edible forest movement grows  and see more from Backyard Abundance about the session coming up Wednesday, Sept. 17: Continue reading

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Intrastate rivalry: Cyclones outnumber Hawkeyes at game day forum

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CEDAR RAPIDS – No one actually took a head count, but one water quality “fan” was wearing a Cyclone jacket during the “Clean Streams and Waterways” panel discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters, so in my estimation, ISU … Continue reading

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The Fresh Market sets Oct. 1 grand opening in Cedar Rapids; event includes cooking demonstrations, food sampling, drawings for gift cards

The Fresh Market plans an Oct. 1, 2014, opening at its first store in Iowa, 180 Collins Rd. NE, in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The Fresh Market plans an Oct. 1, 2014, opening at its first store in Iowa, 180 Collins Rd. NE, in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Offering local, organic and all-natural products, prepared foods, custom cuts of meat and bulk spices, The Fresh Market will open its doors Oct. 1 in Cedar Rapids.

The store has been remodeling the former Kmart location, 180 Collins Rd. NE, at the same time that New Pioneer Food Co-op has been renovating the former Fin & Feather, also in northeast Cedar Rapids. New Pi’s opening is scheduled before the end of this year.

Grand opening activities at The Fresh Market include chef demonstrations, food sampling and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

See related articles here and read more about the new store in today’s announcement from The Fresh Market, below:

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Learn how to take plant cuttings at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids

Each season brings something new at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Each season brings something new at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – The landscape at Noelridge Park constantly evolves, giving park-goers something new to see, no matter how often they go.

At this time of year, the fall flowers are at their height of beauty, and if that wasn’t reason enough to stop by the park – at Council Street and Collins Road NE – the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department adds another. Continue reading

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New Uptown Fall Marion Market scheduled for September

Several varieties of granola were sold last season by Heart of my Home Granola at the Marion Farmers Market in City Square Park. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Several varieties of granola were sold last season by Heart of my Home Granola at the Marion Farmers Market in City Square Park. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Marion has an ideal, centrally located site for its farmers market at City Square Park, with a depot pavilion providing cover against the backdrop of the historic Main Street District.

It was disappointing to hear the decision to end the Wednesday markets earlier this summer, but the Saturday markets continue, and a new Uptown Fall Market coming up on Saturday, Sept. 27, promises to be quite an event.

The Uptown Markets, presented by the Marion Chamber, are held monthly in June, July and August; this is the first time a fall market has been added in September. Continue reading

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Galaxy 16 in Cedar Rapids to host open auditions for new Midwestern film; casting directors looking for “homegrown” talent on Sept. 5 and 6

Belleville OPENS SEPT. 5 -CEDAR RAPIDS – Opening night – and the day after – for a Midwestern-shot movie will coincide with open auditions for another new film.

Ted Trent Studios and Circa 87 will hold open call auditions for their new movie shooting in the Midwest next summer at 13 Wehrenberg Theatres, including the Galaxy 16, 5340 Council St. NE, in Cedar Rapids.

The new film, which is still untitled, will center on the theme of sports. The auditions will take place during the first two nights of the run of Belleville, the locally-shot movie about a farmer and his friendship with an out-of-this-world stranger.

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“Virtual farmers markets” use modern technology to connect customers to old-fashioned food

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By Cindy Hadish/for Edible Iowa River Valley magazine Kim Burnett-Hanssen is passionate about local foods, but can do without the chaos sometimes found at large farmers markets. “I work nights and I’m not a big crowd person,” said Burnett-Hanssen, a … Continue reading

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September events in Eastern Iowa: wild food foraging, Noelridge flower show, watershed forum, Honey Fest and more

Backyard Abundance is hosting a presentation Sept. 9, 2014, at the Coralville Library about strategies flowers use to get pollinated and  Colony Collapse Disorder among our bee population. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Backyard Abundance is hosting a presentation at the Coralville Library about our bee population. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

So many wonderful eco-events are happening during September that I wanted to highlight a sampling so you can plan your month.

These events are from Backyard Abundance, the Indian Creek Nature Center, Prairiewoods and Noelridge Park. Check out each group’s website for further events and find details of these September activities here: Continue reading

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