It’s still on the cool side to see morels popping up, at least in Eastern Iowa, but I am thrilled to find that Mushroom Mills is selling both oyster and lion’s mane mushrooms through the Iowa Valley Food Co-op.
Based in rural Columbus Junction, Todd Mills has already been selling the delectable fungi he grows at farmers markets and at New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City and Coralville. If you’re already craving morels and haven’t tried lion’s mane yet, give it a shot. The texture is a little different, but the taste is similar. Plus, there are all kinds of health benefits to the mushrooms.
If you’re not already a member of the Iowa Valley Food Co-op, now is the perfect time to join. Besides having access to ordering awesome, locally grown food like Mushroom Mills mushrooms, the co-op has a grand re-opening coming up on May 6 at their new site in Cedar Rapids, plus more good news.
Starting in May, members will be able to place orders twice per month and pick them up on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. To see the full 2014 calendar of distribution days, check out the calender here.
The co-op recently relocated to a new, shared space with Matthew 25 Ministry Hub at 201 3rd Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids. The new location adds space and easy access for both consumer and producer members. Also, the co-op, which offers fresh produce, meat and more through an online ordering system, is using new software on its website, built especially for fresh food purchasing. The software allows easier navigation and categorizes products more efficiently to improve shopping for members. For more info, see: www.iowavalleyfood.com