Morel mushrooms, the elusive delicacies found during springtime in wooded areas, are already being discovered in Iowa, as well as neighboring Nebraska and other states. The proper amount of moisture and soil temperature allows the spongelike mushrooms to “pop,” and that combination appears to be just right as of early April in some areas. Learn […]
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Morel mushroom reports picking up in Iow...
Nearly a week of rainy days and below-normal temperatures have stunted the growth of many things in Iowa, but reports of morel mushroom finds are on the rise. Starting during more pleasant days in mid-April, soil temperatures in some parts of the state were warm enough for the sponge-like mushrooms to pop. Related: Czech legend […]
Locate an Iowa tree farm for a locally g...
Before Black Friday became a frenetic day for shopping, the day after Thanksgiving for many families meant a trip to the local tree farm. If your family still follows that holiday tradition, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship offers the following information to locate a locally grown Christmas tree: “Iowa is fortunate to […]
Houby Days festival to celebrate 40 year...
Back in the day, mushroom hunters would bring coolers full of morels to sell on street corners during Houby Days, an annual Czech Village celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Laws in recent years have restricted those sales, but Houby Days (Houby is the Czech word for mushroom) continues its annual tribute to the beloved morel […]
Flowers for the socially conscious
By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine Anne Armitage sells locally grown flowers at Bark & Bloom in the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, but sourcing locally is nearly impossible for Midwestern florists in the winter. “It’s very challenging,” said Armitage, who has to rely on what wholesale suppliers make available in Iowa during cold weather […]
Morel mania: How close is the mushroom-h...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Morel fans will be happy to know that organizers of Houby Days – the Czech Village event that celebrates the mushrooms – plan to have morels for sale again this year. Last year’s morels sold out quickly, so if you have a craving and can’t find your own, you’ll have to act […]
Where to find Iowa-grown Christmas trees...
If you need help and direction finding an Iowa-grown tree for Christmas, the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association offers an excellent resource on its website. I found four tree farms that I didn’t know about previously in our area, just by typing in my zip code into the group’s “Find a Farm” link. Iowa Secretary […]
Salsa days and aronia berries
So many people I’ve talked to this weekend were in the process, or at least planning, to make salsa. From what I’m hearing from area CSAs, farmers market vendors and gardeners, this has been an excellent season
Awesome mushroom photos
My good buddy, Dave DeWitte, is at it again. Dave wrote a “reely” excellent review of reel lawn mowers and now is offering his expertise in fungi. Here is what he has to say about his mushroom finds: Morel season was almost a washout this year at my homestead, but the recent soggy weather has […]
Iowa’s fruit and vegetable crops predict
Good news for our state’s vegetable farmers, for farmers markets and for you! Though cool weather has slowed some early spring produce, timely rains and no late killing frost bode well for Iowa’s fruit and vegetable crops. You can find full details about Eastern Iowa farmers markets on the Homegrown list and read on for […]