The coronavirus pandemic temporarily suspended the opening of outdoor farmers markets last spring, but indoor markets already are on-track to start this fall. Some markets are requiring vendors and customers to wear face masks to help control spread of the virus and at least two are relocating for this season. The Dubuque Winter Farmers Market, […]
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Not much gardening takes place in Iowa in the winter, but it’s still important to get some fresh air. The same holds true for our pets, but care is needed to safeguard their health. The TurfMutt Foundation, which encourages outdoor learning experiences and stewardship of our green spaces, offers these nine tips for keeping our […]
The city of Iowa City was among the trendsetters years ago when it began hosting an indoor farmers market during winter months. Due to logistics, however, the regular indoor market was scaled back to just two holiday markets last year and the same will hold true this season.
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 […]
This seemingly never-ending winter will likely take another toll, this one on Iowa’s fish. A news release today from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources notes that some of Iowa’s lakes have been under ice for three and a half months, which correlates to low oxygen levels that contribute to fish kills. “Can we eat […]
Lots of interesting data out today from State Climatologist Harry Hillaker, but perhaps it’s no surprise that Iowa experienced its coldest winter in 35 years. The past three months – December through February – also ranked as the ninth coldest in 141 years of record-keeping, with March, too, off to a cold start, averaging 20.4 […]
Ali Alldredge sent out a reminder about this Saturday’s winter farmers market in Ely: Join us inside the Ely Public Library from 9:00 a.m. until noon for food, crafts, and conversation. The library’s (free) beginning knitting/crafting group will follow at 12:30–all are welcome. Also, this Saturday, “Farmer Dave” Miller won’t be making his usual appearance […]
“Farmer Dave” Miller describes the “proper” use of a flamethrower in various seasons… My wife, Mickey, has indicated that she often cringes when I include her in my farmers’ market email misadventures and tales of woe.
I really hope this weather clears so I can make it to one of my favorite winter farmers markets this Saturday. Before Thanksgiving, I stocked up on local produce at Mount Vernon’s winter market and found everything I needed for several dishes, including sweet potato curry. The curry turned out quite well for my first […]
URBANA – I made baba ghanoush today, thanks to a short trip I made Saturday to the indoor farmers market in Urbana. The key ingredient, eggplant, isn’t easy to find in Iowa in November, but there it was, at Marion Moser’s table, along with squash, potatoes, apples, daikon radishes and organic Moser’s Garden popcorn. Now […]