Keep off the grass at Brucemore, for good reason

The historic landscape at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids will undergo a restoration. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The historic landscape at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids will undergo restoration. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

I must admit, I was taken aback when I first saw the “keep off the grass” sign at Brucemore, and to be fair, it was actually the more polite “please stay off the grass.”

Closer inspection revealed it wasn’t a landscaping company dumping chemicals on the lawn, but a much more palatable reason: a historic landscape restoration is in progress at the site, at 2160 Linden Dr. SE, in Cedar Rapids. Continue reading

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New anchor merchants added at NewBo City Market

Two new anchor merchants at NewBo City Market were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Two new anchor merchants at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were announced Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two farmers market vendors are moving into year-round spots at NewBo City Market.

The market has seen a few changes since opening in October 2012 and not all have been popular. But Kristie Wetjen, the market’s executive director, noted that moving temporary vendors into anchor slots validates the “incubator” system on which the market is based.

See more from NewBo City Market about the new anchor vendors, below, and read about previous changes here: Nelson’s Ice Cream

Permanent vendors end run at NewBo City Market Continue reading

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Local Food Banquet and Marion Soup Supper to benefit area organizations

Iowa Valley RC&D image

Iowa Valley RC&D image

Two upcoming dinners the last weekend of October will benefit two worthwhile organizations in Eastern Iowa. Fortunately, the events are on separate days, so you can  indulge your gastronomic desires and attend both.

The Local Food Banquet, with silent and live auctions, is set for Oct. 25, 2014, to benefit the Iowa Valley RC&D. The following day, on Oct. 26, is the Marion Heritage Center’s 11th Annual Soup Supper & Silent Auction.
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Iowa scientists concerned about spread of tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses due to climate change

A statement released Oct. 10, 2014, by Iowa scientists notes the health effects of climate change in the state. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A statement released Oct. 10, 2014, by Iowa scientists notes the health effects of climate change on the state. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

We’ve long read reports about the increased spring rains, elevated chances for flooding and other issues that accompany climate change. A new statement by scientists in Iowa now spells out the human health effects.

Iowa scientists investigating climate change are concerned about new infectious diseases arising in the Midwest, as the organisms that carry them, such as new species of ticks and mosquitoes, move north due to rising temperatures. Continue reading

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As opening day nears, New Pioneer could receive tax increment financing for new Cedar Rapids store, and other New Pi news

Ryan Companies is the general contractor for New Pioneer Food Co-op's new store in Cedar Rapids. The store is using an existing building and incorporating environmentally friendly and energy efficient features. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Ryan Companies is the general contractor for New Pioneer Food Co-op’s new store in Cedar Rapids. The store is using an existing building and incorporating environmentally friendly and energy efficient features. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – New Pioneer Food Co-op’s new store in Cedar Rapids might open sooner than expected.

Store leaders recently said the new location should be open by the holiday season, before the end of 2014. See more here: New Pioneer and other stores to open in CR

But “holiday” could also refer to another celebration, even closer than December. Continue reading

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Orchid show at Noelridge Greenhouse offers colorful escape from the cold

Grand champion orchid (photo/Eastern Iowa Orchid Society)

Grand champion orchid (photo/Eastern Iowa Orchid Society)

As the weather turns chilly, there remains one wonderful, warm sanctuary for plant-lovers in Cedar Rapids.

The Noelridge Greenhouse is a great place  to escape the cold and an upcoming orchid show offers a timely excuse to go.

Read about the gardens at Noelridge Park in these articles:
National garden contest at Noelridge

Noelridge weeding parties and see more from the Eastern Iowa Orchid Society about their event on Oct. 18 and 19, 2014: Continue reading

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Sutliff Cider makes its mark in a growing market with handcrafted drink

Owner Scott Ervin pours Sutliff Cider's signature drink on-site in Lisbon, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Owner Scott Ervin pours Sutliff Cider’s signature drink on-site in Lisbon, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine

LISBON – Had their small apple orchard proven less productive when they first moved to Iowa, the owners of Sutliff Cider would likely be brewing beer instead of their award-winning hard cider.

“There are only so many apple crisps and apple pies you can make,” said Scott Ervin, 54,  co-owner with his wife, Pia, of the cidery in rural Lisbon, Iowa. Continue reading

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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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