Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Farm to Market Vendor Fair--Many Thanks!

The Linn Area Reads "Farm to Market" Vendor Fair was held on Sunday, April 22. We had a wonderful group of people from around the area sharing their expertise on local farms and sustainable agriculture. I want to mention them here so you can find out more information about these vendors. The Iowa Valley Food Coop: Launched in 2011 after two years of planning, the IVFC is a web-based cooperative where consumers can order products directly from area farmers and other local businesses. Products include vegetables, berries, apples, eggs, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, baked goods, homemade soaps, rugs, baby clothes, and much more. Members pay a one-time refundable market share fee of $25 and an annual fee of $10 to help defray administrative costs. For more information on the IVFC, visit www.iowavalleyfood.com. Rehberg's Pork: In the market for pork products? Check out the selection of high quality pork products from Rehberg's Pork. Dedicated to supplying only the highest quality pork, the Rehberg's use no antibiotics, no hormones, non-GMO grain, and no MSGs. They are located in Walker, Iowa, a short drive north of Cedar Rapids. Learn more at rehbergspork.com. Bass Family Farms: Located on Highway 30 near Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Bass Family Farms provide a variety of options for the savvy shopper and health food junkie. With a nursery and greenhouse, boutique selling gifts and decor (including some amazing soy candles), a market, and a CSA, this farm has something for everyone. You can even follow the farm on Twitter (@BassFarms) or read up on happenings on Chris' Blog. Bass Farms is committed to an herbicide and pesticide free relationship with the land. Learn more at www.bassfamilyfarms.com. We also had information on a few other local options: Local Harvest CSA: Locally grown vegetables, bread, eggs, lamb, chicken and turkey are distributed through Local Harvest CSA, with location drop sites in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, North Liberty and Solon. Learn more at www.zjfarms.com or contact Susan at 319-929-5032. Heartland Emu Marketing Cooperative: Who knew how lean Emu meat is? The American Heart Association now recommends emu as a heart-healthy meat, a great alternative to other red meats. It's 95% fat free and high in iron and B12. Heartland Emu Marketing Coop offers a variety of emu options. Find out more at www.heartlandemu.com Morgan Creek Farms: Located on Highway 30 West of Cedar Rapids (10501 16th Avenue SW), Morgan Creek Farms offer a variety of vegetables grown on their 37 acres. They also have a greenhouse for year-round production. Learn more about Morgan Creek Farms by calling (319) 396-3629. Thank you to those who attended and our wonderful participants for providing us with information about what we can find in our own back yard. If you know of more local businesses or farms we should know about, please let us know in the comments below!

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