By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan If you’re a fan of the crowds and excitement of the Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, chances are, you’ll love the Market After Dark. The first-ever nighttime market in Cedar Rapids sports everything that the morning markets offer: a sea of people, fresh veggies, prepared food, music, dogs and strollers, […]
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By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine My hometown hosts one of the largest farmers markets in the Midwest, but the Downtown Cedar Rapids market’s sea of people, produce, products and pets isn’t for everyone. The crowds that keep some people at bay, however, serve as a boon to the 200-plus vendors, many of whom tell me […]
Online vs. old-fashioned: farmers market...
By Cindy Hadish High-tech means of selling fresh produce and other farm products aren’t necessarily at odds with the “old school” method of face-to-face sales at farmers markets, according to local foods advocates. That perception will undergo a test as the winter farmers market season gets underway, at the same time two online sales platforms […]
Last call: Season ends soon for Iowa’s o
The final outdoor farmers markets of the season are fast-approaching. Many markets ended their seasons last month, but nearly 20 in Eastern Iowa will continue for another week or so. You can still find potatoes, cabbage, fall root crops such as beets, tomatoes, winter squash and more, along with locally raised meat, eggs, honey and […]
Last Downtown Farmers Market of the seas...
WASHINGTON, Iowa – This Saturday, Sept. 20, is your last chance of 2014 to see everything the Downtown Farmers Market offers in Cedar Rapids, but don’t dismiss the many other farmers markets that are held in Eastern Iowa, some of which continue through October. Many years ago, my friend Marlene Lucas, in her job as […]
Spring is (almost) here: a look at the w...
Temperatures – finally reaching highs the state hasn’t seen since November – are one indication that spring is on its way. Another is the number of gardening and eco-events cropping up in Eastern Iowa. A look at the Homegrown calendar shows something happening every day this week, with some offering more than one option. If […]
Have your garden, and eat it, too
No gardener has room for it all, but author Alys Fowler intentionally breaks the rules to show how you can “have your garden and eat it, too,” in her new book, “The Edible Garden.” Read on for how you can win a free copy of this 250-page book. Trained at the Horticultural Society, the New […]
Call for winter farmers markets
The end of the farmers market season can be a bit depressing for me, but one thing has changed in recent years to serve as a bright spot in these dark days. A growing number of indoor markets offer some of the same fresh produce, local honey, farm-fresh eggs, home-baked bread, hormone-free meat and more.
Farmers market season continues in Easte...
As our own Iowa gardens near their end, it’s comforting to know that local foods fans can still get their fill at area farmers markets. Markets in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Iowa City and other towns continue to operate, with some running through the end of October. If your travels take you to Belle Plaine, Independence […]
Iowa mystery caterpillar looking for an ...
UPDATE: Laura Jesse, entomologist with Iowa State University Extension, said while she is not 100 percent certain from the photograph, it appears the mystery caterpillar is what several of us suspected: a white-lined sphinx moth. “They have a lot of variability,” she noted, and sent along this link: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3071 Previous post: A Homegrown reader is […]