New Lucky’s Market opens to crowds in Iowa City

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan IOWA CITY – The first Lucky’s Market in Iowa opened this week at the former Sycamore Mall in Iowa City and joins other grocery stores that have opened in recent months with a focus on local … Continue reading

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Downtown Cedar Rapids bursts on Fourth of July with Farmers Market, Freedom Festival events and more for 2015

Customers packed the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids during the first Downtown Farmers Market of the season. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Customers packed the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids during the first Downtown Farmers Market of the 2015 season. Even larger crowds are expected downtown for the Fourth of July. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Watch for even more people than usual rocketing to downtown Cedar Rapids over the Fourth of July.

In addition to the Downtown Farmers Market, from 7:30 a.m. to noon this Saturday, the Fifth Season Race is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE. Continue reading

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Noelridge announces Art in the Park in garden contest entry

Art in the Park will be the theme of this year's Noelridge garden contest entry. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Art in the Park will be the theme of this year’s Noelridge garden contest entry. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The gardens at Noelridge Park, at Council Street and Collins Road NE, won second place in an international contest last year and for the second time, will be entered in the competition.

Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch, is again leading efforts with the garden design.

See more about last year’s entry: Noelridge Garden Contest and read on for more from Noelridge about this year’s contest and related activities: Continue reading

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After long wait, Sauce Bar & Bistro opens in Czech Village

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CEDAR RAPIDS – The wait is finally over. Co-owner Lenny Sims summed up the opening of his restaurant, Sauce Bar & Bistro, in one word: “relief.” After two years of work, it’s no wonder. Sims and co-owner Chris Robinson used … Continue reading

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“An Iowa original” New Pioneer Food Co-op to throw party this Saturday

New Pioneer Food Co-op's Summer Solstice Garden Party celebrates milk and more on Sat., June 21, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Summer Solstice & Owner Appreciation Party will be Saturday, June 27, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

IOWA CITY – New Pioneer Food Co-op is throwing a party for its co-op members this Saturday, June 27, 2015.

The store has been in Iowa City since 1971 and has since expanded to Coralville and more recently, Cedar Rapids. Continue reading

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Eating our way through Community Supported Agriculture

David Miller of Mount Vernon prepares vegetables for his CSA members at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

David Miller of Mount Vernon prepares vegetables for his CSA members at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

This won’t earn me the Mother of the Year award, but I felt somewhat proud about the snack I served my sons last week.

It took little effort on my part, other than opening a container of just-picked locally grown strawberries and slicing a loaf of freshly baked whole-wheat sourdough bread. Continue reading

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Feed Iowa First needs to put the brakes on bus, literally

The bus purchased by Feed Iowa First needs brakes before it can serve people in need in Linn County. (photo/Feed Iowa First)

The bus purchased by Feed Iowa First needs brakes before it can serve people in need. (photo/Feed Iowa First)

Anyone who knows Sonia Kendrick knows how much she has given to this community.

Kendrick started Feed Iowa First to grow food for people in need, and now her nonprofit organization has a need of its own.

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Lightning kills Hiawatha woman at Linn County campground

Iowa storms on June 20 led to the death of a Hiawatha woman. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Iowa storms on June 20 led to the death of a Hiawatha woman. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

This news was just released tonight by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:

PALO – A Hiawatha woman died after being struck by lightning early Saturday evening at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area near Palo in Linn County. Continue reading

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New Village Farmers Market gets under way in Czech Village

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CEDAR RAPIDS – The new Village Farmers Market kicked off its season on Saturday, June 13, at Sokol Park, along the Cedar River. Several vendors braved the rain and said they had a decent turnout, in spite of the weather. … Continue reading

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June is the “new July” for garden walks in Eastern Iowa

Demonstration beds at Lowe Park  in Marion are among the gardens on the 2015 Linn County Master Gardeners Walk on June 27, 2015. (Photo/Linn County ISU Extension.)

Demonstration beds at Lowe Park in Marion are among the gardens on the 2015 Linn County Master Gardeners Walk on June 27, 2015. (Photo/Linn County ISU Extension.)

Opportunities to view gorgeous gardens abound this month, with several tours in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

Some of the garden walks that previously were held in July have been moved to June, which seems particularly fitting this season, with many gardens  already sporting the lushness of July.

Let’s hope for beautiful weather to match all of these upcoming tours: Continue reading

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