Advertisement

LV Recommends: Local food producers with a regional reach


These regionally recognizable products are lovingly crafted by your very own neighbors

Jefferson County Ciderworks’ Hibiscus Rose Cider — Frankie Schneckloth/Little Village

Jefferson County Ciderworks

Premium craft cider producers, Jefferson County Ciderworks recently launched canned versions of their signature ciders. Previously only available on tap around Eastern Iowa, you can now find three varieties of of the brand’s cider available for retail purchase across Iowa. Look for four-packs of Original Apple (semi-sweet, bright), Oaked Sour Cherry (semi-dry, crisp, tart) and Hibiscus Rose (semi-dry, floral, earthy) at select local Hy-Vees, New Pioneer Co-op, John’s Grocery and Benz Beverage depot. $16 for four-pack.

Java House Coffee

Java House Coffee

After years spent brewing the perfect cup of coffee, The Java House decided it was time to take their love of coffee one step further. Partnering with coffee growers and importers, the Iowa City cafe chain began roasting their own beans at their 12,000 sq. ft. North Liberty facility last year. The roasting facility sees beans from all over the world and the skilled team profiles each variety, approves it and packages bags of both single origin and house blend coffees. $11-15 for 12 oz. Find your preferred beans (Giant of the Earth, right?) for sale at cafe locations or online.

Oasis Hummus

Everyone’s favorite hummus has been available at grocery stores throughout the CRANDIC (and surrounding area) for a while now, but the brand is expanding regionally this year making their tasty chickpea spread available across the state of Iowa and even into neighboring states. Currently producing roughly a ton of hummus a week, Oasis hopes to double production over the next year. While it won’t change much locally, stay tuned to their website for new locations as they are added and introduce your far-flung friends to their signature hummus. $4 for 8 oz.

Oasis Hummus

Old Capitol Tofu

The original aim of Old Capitol Tofu was to make delicious flavor-infused tofu, but to be successful at that, co-founders Matthew Mesaros and Jake Gratzon realized they first needed to nail the production of traditional tofu. After outfitting a production facility and kitchen with necessary equipment right here in Iowa City, the pair got to work learning and perfecting the ancient art of tofu. Their tireless research and experimentation resulted in some of the best damn tofu around. Find it packaged for sale at retail locations and on menus at restaurants across eastern Iowa. $3-4 for 8 oz.

Old Capitol Tofu

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV » editor@littlevillagemag.com

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.

Regular

$10/mo or $120/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.

Italic

$20/mo or $240/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.

Bold

$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
LittleVillageMag.com connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.