CEDAR RAPIDS – Earlier this year, Brucemore ended its annual plant sales and now, the long tradition of the Brucemore Garden and Art Show has ended, as well. Typically held in late August, the event featured presentations by Master Gardeners and other guest speakers, food demonstrations using in-season produce, guided tours of the historic Brucemore […]
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(Editor’s note: Check with the establishments on updated hours/closures when planning your trip.) By Cindy Hadish Visitors traveling the extraordinary landscape of the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway also can experience a flourishing local foods scene. Restaurants, such as The Grind Cafe and Lounge in downtown Sioux City and the quirky Dixie Quicks in Council […]
Brucemore photo gallery and awesome, eas...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Gardeners are generally hardy people who don’t mind a little rain, but a steady deluge slowed the usual crowds that flock to the Brucemore Garden & Art Show, at least in the morning. By afternoon, those crowds started to show up, just in time for educational sessions on Midwestern garden grottos, healthy […]
Native Iowa walnuts and Marion nut-growe...
Look for a sometimes overlooked native food on an upcoming episode of “Iowa Ingredient” on Iowa Public Television. Dell Lawrence of Marion, who often can be found cracking walnuts at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, is featured in the show, which spotlights Iowa foods.
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:
Pre-Japanese beetle, a berry good year
I know this won’t last long. My raspberry bushes are heaving with berries, but it’s only a matter of time before my sworn enemy, the Japanese beetle, emerges to create havoc. Generally, there are several days between the time the berries start to ripen and when I spot the first foreign invader.
Morel of the story: “tremendous” year pr
The morel season is picking up steam, but it wasn’t until today that I found any in the Cedar Rapids area and “find” might be a stretch; these were for sale at the Hiawatha farmers market. Brein Osborn of Vinton was selling small containers of morels for $10 each at the market, which is open […]