Opening and closing: crowds rush The Fresh Market on opening day in Cedar Rapids; nearby small business closes

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CEDAR RAPIDS – When store leaders saw the crowd gathered outside The Fresh Market before its scheduled grand opening on Wednesday, Oct. 1, they decided to let customers in early. Brian Wittman, vice president for The Fresh Market’s north zone, … Continue reading

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Three-way grocery store “race” nears finish line in Cedar Rapids; The Fresh Market opens Oct. 1

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By Cindy Hadish/For the Corridor Business Journal CEDAR RAPIDS — Three east-side grocery stores could open their doors within months of each other, but store leaders insist it’s not a race to see who can finish first. The Fresh Market, … Continue reading

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Apple Daze at the Youngville Café and more farmers markets

Youngville Café photo/courtesy of Youngville Café

Youngville Café photo/courtesy of Youngville Café

Market manager Lorraine Van Fleet just called to tell me about Apple Daze at the Youngville Farmers Market.

If you drive Highway 30, west of Cedar Rapids, you’ll recognize the Youngville Café, at the intersection of Hwy. 30 and 218. The building, on the historic Lincoln Highway, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lorraine said Apple Daze, this Sunday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features more than apples. Continue reading

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Farmers on the auction block at Food-for-Everyone event in Iowa City

food for everyoneIOWA CITY – The name of Local Foods Connection’s upcoming fundraiser – Food-for-Everyone – is enticing of itself. The live and silent auction items crank it up a notch, with CSA shares, stunning artwork and, my personal favorite, three area farmers up on the auction block. I’m told you don’t get to keep the farmers – bummer, I know – but they will share their expertise and help you plant a garden, for example, or with another project for up to five hours.

Bidding for the silent auction has already started at the Iowa City Farmers Market and culminates at the Oct. 9 event. Find photos of many of the auction items on Local Foods Connection’s Facebook page and read on for more about this Iowa City-based nonprofit and their upcoming event: Continue reading

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More weekend photos: Culinary Ride!

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SOLON – It was a case of too many good things happening at once. I missed out on this Sunday’s Fourth Annual Culinary Ride, part of the Field to Family Festival, because I was at another festival in Cedar Rapids. … Continue reading

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Weekend photo gallery: Honey Fest!

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CEDAR RAPIDS – It was an almost-perfect day for Honey Fest at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Children, and adults, enjoyed food, honey lemonade, games, beeswax candle-making and more. The only thing missing was the live bee beard. For that … Continue reading

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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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