Farm to Table Harvest Dinner - Main Street Mt. Pleasant

Farm to Table Harvest Dinner - Main Street Mt. Pleasant

Central Park (map)

2nd annual Farm to Table Dinner located in Mt. Pleasant's Central Park. Enjoy a night in the park with live music by Whiskey Friends, drinks and a meal that includes fresh ingredients sourced directly from local farms.


Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased at the Main Street Office at 124 S. Main Street, Mount Pleasant, IA or by calling 319-385-3101.

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Pop Up Farmers Market - Columbus Junction

Pop Up Farmers Market - Columbus Junction

Simply Soothing Iowa Marketplace (map)

Eat Fresh Southeast Iowa will be sponsoring two "Pop-Up" Farmers Markets in Columbus Junction in the month of September in the parking lot of the Simply Soothing Marketplace.

Monday, September 10, 4-6 PM  &  Monday, September 24th, 4-6 PM

You'll find a wide variety of produce, including peppers, tomatoes, apples, eggplant and squash.  There will also be locally made soaps and baked goods available.

You can also find a wide variety of Iowa-made goods inside the Simply Soothing Marketplace - including the famous Bug Soother!

 Located right on Hwy 92 in COlumbus Jucntion

Located right on Hwy 92 in COlumbus Jucntion

Market on Main

Market on Main

Central Park (map)

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Food Preservation 101

Food Preservation 101

Des Moines County Extension & Outreach (map)

An Introductory Course for Home Food Preservation

Preserving foods at home is not difficult, but it does require following research-based recipes.  Even if you have been a home food preserver for years, come and learn the latest recommendations.

Come join Rachel Wall our Nutrition and Wellness Specialist at the Des Moines County Extension Office, 1700 West Mt. Pleasant Street, West Burlington, to learn about how preserving foods at home is easy. You will: 

  • Be introduced to safe home food preservation methods including canning, dehydrating and freezing.
  • Receive food preservation handouts.
  • See various food preservation supplies and equipment on display.
  • Learn more about Preserve the Taste of Summer.
  • Have your dial gauge for a pressure canner tested.

 

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5:30-7pm

Location: Des Moines County Extension Office   

1700 West Mt. Pleasant St   West Burlington, IA 52655

Cost: $5.00

Registration: To secure your spot in the class, register by Sept 26 online at  http://bit.ly/fp11019

Cheese and Ice Cream Production at Kalona Creamery

Cheese and Ice Cream Production at Kalona Creamery

TOPICS: • Production of various dairy products • Future production plans • Kalona SuperNatural brand • Dairy farmer profiles • Milk receiving bay technology

Join us for a tour Kalona Creamery. Creamery staff will share the history of the creamery, explain how different dairy products are produced – including cheese curds, ice cream and Kalona SuperNatural organic products – and discuss the technology used in the receiving bay. We’ll talk about the local farmers they work with, and milk quality. On the tour, the group will rotate between the Kalona Creamery shop and deli, the production area and the Kalona Farms receiving bay across the street.

Kalona Creamery will provide snack trays, ice cream, cheese and Kalona SuperNatural organic dairy products. RSVP FOR SNACKS TO: Debra Boekholder, debra@practicalfarmers.org; (515) 232-5661 by Friday, September 28 

Iowa Local Food Day

Iowa Local Food Day

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Iowa Local Food Day is a celebration of Iowa farmers and local foods during National Farm to School Month. This annual event will bring together all sectors of Farm to School.  Unifying the state around the success our farms, children and our schools.

https://www.iowalocalfoodday.org/

For Iowa Local Food Day, participating K-12 school districts in Iowa will be serving menus featuring Iowa local ingredients. To participate schools must serve at least 2 items (dishes for breakfast or lunch) with primarily locally sourced items.  This does include meat and dairy as well (excluding milk).  Participation can be 1 school or all schools within your district.

The core menu will  include a Iowa corn muffin and veggie bake for breakfast. Lunch will include a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Roasted Vegetables, Iowa Coleslaw, and Local Fresh fruit. 

Fall Family Festival at Homestead 1839

Fall Family Festival at Homestead 1839

Homestead 1839 (map)

Activities will include:
Live music from local bands
Family fun such as pumpkin painting, three-legged race, apple bobbing, giant bubble contest.
Light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring your favorite snacks and beverages.

The cost is a free-will donation to The Homestead.

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Fall Vegetable Production & Planting

Fall Vegetable Production & Planting

 PFI FIeld Day

If you grow vegetables and use Youtube, you’ve probably seen the paper pot transplanter. Derek and Molly will discuss the system’s pros and cons, and run a demo in the field. They will also discuss their planting, management, harvest and curing processes for heirloom garlic, which they will be preparing to plant; and they will discuss a variety of roots, greens and shiitakes. In 2018 they bought a moveable overhead irrigation system, and will share their experience from the first year of its use.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 • 3 – 5:30 p.m. A potluck will follow the field day. A main dish will be provided; please bring a side dish to share.

HOSTS: Derek Roller and Molly Schintler • Echollective Farm 879 Echo Ave. • Mechanicsville • 52306 (347) 331-5115 • echocsa@gmail.com • echollectivecsa. blogspot.com

TOPICS: • Paper-pot transplanter demo • Fall-planting garlic • Garlic varieties • Garlic harvest and curing • Overhead irrigation • Shiitake mushroom production • Root vegetables • Fall and winter greens

SPEAKER: • John Hendrickson – Small Farm Works