IOWA CITY – New Pioneer Food Co-op will be moving forward with plans for a new site in Iowa City, following a decisive vote from its members. The cooperative, which specializes in local, natural and organic foods, is looking to relocate its Iowa City store. It has already announced a site for a new store […]
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Produce vendor soon ending its run at Ne...
CEDAR RAPIDS – One of the most visible vendors at NewBo City Market is closing its market booth. Morgan Creek Produce Market will end its run at NewBo on Jan. 1, 2014, said Bill and Robyn Rieckhoff, who operate the stand with Robyn’s father, Bob Vanous. Because the market is only open on Thursdays, Saturdays […]
Homegrown Holidays: scenes of the season
No holiday can be picture-perfect, but even with Iowa’s bone-chilling weather, we can find reasons to be grateful. From the last few weeks, here are scenes of the season that make me appreciate being a homegrown Iowan. During the holidays and into the New Year, may you find joy in all of the little things […]
Your favorite holiday plants – poisonous
We’ve all heard how toxic poinsettias are, but is that the reality? The California Poison Control compiled the following safety tip sheet about the popular holiday plant and others:
New owner on board for Mount Vernon’s Li
MOUNT VERNON – Lincoln Cafe owner Matt Steigerwald appeared almost relaxed on the popular restaurant’s closing day. Maybe because he knows the cafe will be in good hands for the foreseeable future. Steigerwald, 47, just completed the sale of the restaurant to Rachel Sauter, a former employee who still has family in Mount Vernon. “It’s […]
Buy local: where to find those last-minu...
I really hope this weather clears so I can make it to one of my favorite winter farmers markets this Saturday. Before Thanksgiving, I stocked up on local produce at Mount Vernon’s winter market and found everything I needed for several dishes, including sweet potato curry. The curry turned out quite well for my first […]
Latest Iowa infestation of Emerald Ash B...
The destructive Emerald Ash Borer has been found again, this time in Creston, in southwestern Iowa. Already, a quarantine on wood is in place in Eastern Iowa, where the pest was first identified in the state. See more about this latest discovery, and further potential quarantines, from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship:
Biggest tomato, ever – the SteakHouse –
Seed catalogs are on their way and so are the new plant introductions. Burpee sent along information about this new, incredibly large “SteakHouse” tomato. For those of us with little space to spare in the garden, the container sweet corn sounds interesting, as well. Here is more from Burpee on the seed company’s latest offerings:
Final photos and food from the Lincoln C...
It’s not every day that I’d spend $6 on a piece of cake. But I jumped at the opportunity to have one last morsel at the Lincoln Cafe after stalking, er, waiting to catch up with owner Matt Steigerwald for an interview.
Iowa Valley Food Co-op makes a move to n...
I’ve been following the progress of the Iowa Valley Food Co-op from when it was still just an idea and am excited to see their new site in the historic Kingston Village area of Cedar Rapids. If you’re not already a member, consider dropping by on Dec. 18. You can find out more about the […]