CEDAR RAPIDS – An announcement is coming tomorrow – Tuesday, Oct. 1 – about New Pioneer Food Co-op’s search for a new store location and given that the news will be released at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, odds look good for Cedar Rapids. Speakers will include New Pi Board President Sarah Walz, General […]
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Month: September 2013
Climate Reality in Iowa set for Sept. 30...
State Sen. Rob Hogg passed along the following about an event this Monday, Sept. 30: Climate Reality in Iowa, Monday, September 30, 6:30 p.m., Solon Public Library – You can join Paul Deaton and myself for “Climate Reality in Iowa ” Monday night at 6:30 p.m. Paul was recently trained by the Climate Reality […]
New home for Indian Creek Nature Center ...
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Indian Creek Nature Center will be moving its offices to a new location, planned for a half-mile away from its current site in southeast Cedar Rapids. Executive Director John Myers said groundbreaking is expected to take place soon after the fundraising campaign wraps up in 2015, with Cedar Rapids-based Solum Lang […]
Not New Pi, but new specialty grocer to ...
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Fresh Market, a specialty grocery retailer, intends to open its first Iowa store next year in the Kmart location in northeast Cedar Rapids. A news release from the North Carolina-based chain notes that the new store is expected to open in 2014 at 180 Collins Rd. NE, offering selections of local, […]
What to do with a bumper crop of apples?...
Iowa orchards went from a deficit last year to a bumper crop of apples this year. State Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, offers sound advice on visiting an Iowa apple orchard this fall, along with a mouth-watering apple recipe, passed along from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship:
Still time to check out Marion’s new mar
Marion’s Farmers Market is in a new venue this year and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you have one more opportunity. The last market of the season is this Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, from 8-11:30 a.m. at the depot in City Square Park, Seventh Avenue and 10th Street. That’s right in the heart […]
Upcoming Backyard Abundance classes help...
Wouldn’t it be nice to step outside your door to harvest what you need for dinner? And wouldn’t it be even better if that food could grow with minimal effort? Iowa City-based Backyard Abundance is offering a series of classes that show you really can have it both ways. Read more from Backyard Abundance Director, […]
“Free house” sign attracts attention nea
Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan BLAIRSTOWN – Loren Dostal remembers the one that got away. The solid, two-story farmhouse was demolished to make way for a road-widening project in east-central Iowa. “It was a really nice, square house in really nice shape,” said Dostal, of Dostal Construction and Excavating in Toledo, noting that power lines in its […]
Last Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Ra...
It may be the last Downtown Farmers Market of the season this Saturday in Cedar Rapids, but you still have the opportunity to find fresh produce and more at many Eastern Iowa markets. I’ve been to several small-town farmers markets this year and had a great time at every one of them. Today, I made […]
Viticulture: The final class
CEDAR RAPIDS – A few random thoughts as the eight-month Vineyard Management course at Kirkwood Community College wrapped up tonight with its last class of this session. If you have to spend a lovely September evening “studying,” the Kirkwood vineyard is not a bad place to be.