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Building community from garden to kitchen

Taste of Summer Solstice Robert A. Lee Recreation Center — Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. Double up on your local food indulgence with the Taste of Summer Solstice event this Saturday at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market. Starting at 9 a.m., attendees can make their own dino kale salad with New Pioneer Food Co-op […]

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New Pi Co-op nixes plastic bags

“Paper, or plastic?” New Pioneer Food Co-op shoppers won’t hear that question after August 31. The Co-op announced a plan to phase out plastic bags, citing their notoriously negative environmental impact. (“Plastic,” notes their press release, “is the number one polluter of our oceans.”) According to 100 Grannies, an environmental organization working with New Pi […]

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Minor indulgences: Scrooge gets an attitude adjustment

“Eat, drink and be merry” is a familiar holiday toast, but did you know that there’s a second, somewhat morbid half to the saying that explains the reason why we should imbibe and rejoice? In case you were unaware, the phrase in total goes: “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” So there: Put that in your holiday pipe and smoke it.
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Donate some food, gain some knowledge this Sunday

New Pioneer Food Co-op has partnered with the Englert Theatre and FilmScene to offer a screening of A Place at the Table Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The screening takes place at Englert Theatre and will be followed by refreshment and a post-film discussion. […]

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New Pi Co-op members vote in favor of third location

New Pioneer Co-op’s board of directors announced today that 91 percent of its members voted “Yes” in favor of pursuing a third store location within its trade area, which “extends from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids.” “Here’s to more local, sustainable, community-based food! More Pi for everyone!” the Co-op wrote on Facebook. As far as […]

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On The Table: Talking Trash

With more and more local programs and educational initiatives popping up, composting is clearly taking a larger role in Iowa City’s waste infrastructure. Composting, by definition, is the controlled breakdown of biodegradable yard and kitchen waste. As organic matter decomposes, nutrients are converted into usable forms that can then be absorbed by roots. According to […]

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Do a good deed with your New Pioneer dividend

Do you like good, clean, organic food? Does supporting local charities and businesses give you the warm fuzzies? Are you a New Pioneer Co-op member who has received your annual dividend check recently and would like to use it to make a difference in your community? Then you might want to cover your ears. […]

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Your Town Now: The city council’s Chauncey decision is remarkably opaque

The Iowa City Council’s 5-1 decision last month to move ahead with Marc Moen’s Chauncey building project settled the question of what is to become of the corner of Gilbert and College, but the decision also led some local dissenters to look upon the council with an eye of suspicion. One such group with the […]

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Album Review: Colloquialisms – Nothing Remarkable

Colloquialisms Nothing Remarkable colloquialisms.bandcamp.com You may know the man behind Colloquialisms, Joe McNertney, if you shop at the New Pioneer Food Co-op, as the beardy guy behind the meat counter. He’s also Eric Rohn’s collaborator in Noble Octopus, and the two albums share similar silk-screened recycled cardboard covers. But despite some similar gestures, Colloquialisms is […]

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Good Eggs

As the weather warms and backyard gardens begin to sprout, locals are asked to consider a very basic question: Where does our food come from? To some, there’s an easy answer, which is “the grocery store.” It is, however, a bit more complicated than that. Eggs often have a starring role on many shopping lists, […]

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