‘Good Apples’ details the curious history of apples and challenges facing farmers

Author and Iowa City resident Susan Futrell starts out her book ‘Good Apples: Behind Every Bite’ with the auction of the oldest commercial apple orchard in Iowa: an orchard outside Fort Madison that had been in the same family for five generations, but now faced an uncertain future dependent upon the winning bidder. It’s a fitting place to start a book about the long history of apples in the United States and the uncertain future the apple industry faces in a global economy.

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Made from the market: Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail

Spring is finally here! That means it’s time for the farmers market. Rhubarb is one of the first crops up, and I’m always looking for new ways to use it. Pies and jams are great, of course, but sometimes you need something a bit more adult. Why not a cocktail? Rhubarb and gin are a wonderful combination. Both are subtly floral and highly fragrant — they just need another ingredient or two to make them pop. It’s the same reason that rhubarb pie is boring, but rhubarb and strawberry is brilliant. As I was brainstorming this, my friend Andy suggested adding basil, and a springtime cocktail was born. […]

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On the table: A guide to winter markets

Winter Markets

As October comes to a close, so do most of the Iowa City area farmers’ markets. In the past, the City of Iowa City has hosted periodic winter markets to fill the veggie void left at the end of the regular market’s season. This year, due to a lack of space and demonstrated interest in […]

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The Real Food Supercenter

This is the time of year that we flatlanders pine for during the snows of January, when it’s a full 100 degrees colder than it is right now, and all the humidity is frozen to our windshields. September in Iowa is what makes things grow so well here – the hot, sticky dog days that […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 13-17

Wednesday, August 13 Iowa City Farmers Market Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp (lower level) 410 E. Washington St. Iowa City, Iowa 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., music by The Gilded Bats from 5-7 p.m. Free Treasures abound at the Iowa City farmers market. There’s approximately 70 vendors to choose from. Whether it’s fresh-from-the-earth produce or flowers, herbs, […]

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Deliciously Fresh

Ask anyone from local and national media to the average customer in Orscheln’s, and you’ll hear how Iowa farmers have taken a hard hit this year. Because of heavy spring rains many never had a chance to plant their corn or soybeans. And the subsequent flooding has ruined many crops already in the ground. However, […]

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