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Help Needed at The Haunted Bookshop! December 28, 2008

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You may have heard that our good friends at The Haunted Bookshop are moving at the beginning of the year. Please join us in helping The Haunted Bookshop move to its new location at the corner of Market and Linn Streets – in the Northside Book Market location.

Starting January 1, Nialle and Kurt Sylvan will begin packing up their books and moving them to the Northside store, combining the two inventories of something like 40,000 books!

The owners of Haunted have been amazing supporters and good friends of Local Foods Connection for years. They have had a benefit sale display at their store for LFC for years (on the porch in good weather – inside during inclement weather) – and promise to do the same at their new location! In 2008 alone they donated nearly $500 to LFC – a lot of money for a small, locally-owned business! Nialle and Kurt have even offered to sell LFC t-shirts at their new location!

Nialle and Kurt predict it will take them several days to pack, move, unpack and sort all the books.

If you’re interested in helping them with the move, you can bring cardboard boxes and clean plastic bags to their Washington St. location (520 E Washington) through the end of this year to help with packing.

If you have some time to spare to help with the move, particularly January 2-5 or during weekday evenings in early January, let them know at thehauntedbookshop@earthlink.net or (319) 337-2996 and they can add you to the volunteer schedule.

Rok and Jan, who have owned Northside since 1997, are retiring and leaving their store to Nialle and Kurt. Jan and Rok are the original owners of Haunted Bookshop – opening it in 1978. Here is more good news – the former owners of the Fun Zone, Mark and Beth – are bequeathing their former inventory to the Sylvans – who will try to squeeze the toys in the new bookstore with everything else!



LFC T-shirts Are Here! December 22, 2008

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Looking for a last minute holiday gift? Look no further than a Local Foods Connection t-shirt!

rooster on blue

rooster on blue

Local Foods Connection t-shirts feature one of seven different designs by Fairfield designer Babs Ratner of Prity Girl.  Find more of Babs’ work at the Prity Girl blog. The shirts were printed by Peregrine Productions of Washington, Iowa and appear on bGreen organic cotton t-shirts.

farm on green

farm on green

Right now, LFC t-shirts are available only at White Rabbit, Iowa City’s home for handmade art, apparel, and accessories. Head to White Rabbit at 109 S. Linn St. in Iowa City (just north of the Iowa City Public Library) to purchase a shirt while supplies last.  (Audrey the cat not included.)

Happy holidays!


Consider making a year end donation December 19, 2008

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Looking for a way to spread some holiday cheer this winter?  Thinking of making a year-end charitable donation?  Now is a great time to donate to Local Foods Connection!

During this holiday season, as you celebrate family and giving, please think of the members of our community who need our help giving the gifts of good food and health to their families.

Local Foods Connection is planning now for the 2009 growing season and your donation will enable us to enroll local low-income families and the social service agencies that serve them in our program, which includes a CSA membership and nutrition education. Donations of any size are welcome.

We have two easy ways to donate; you can mail a check to:

Local Foods Connection
PO Box 2821
Iowa City, IA 52244

Or donate safely and securely online:


Thank you and happy holidays!


Iowa Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights December 10, 2008

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is soliciting feedback on an Iowa Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.  They’re asking Iowans to take a few minutes to complete their online survey, in order to shape the Bill of Rights.  Please take a few moments to provide your input.

Voting ends December 31, 2008, so be sure to head to the Iowa DNR Bill of Rights web page to let your voice be heard!


More LFC Client Feedback December 8, 2008

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Feedback from a Local Foods Connection Client:

The end of the growing season is often the time when our clients cash in their points for kitchen equipment. Throughout the year, our clients can earn points by participating in educational and community-building activities, such as visiting a farm or a farmer’s market to sharing their vegetables with family and friends. Each activity is worth a certain number of points – points our clients can use to shop at our small kitchenware store. For ‘sale’ in our store now are such things as strainers, pots and pans, measuring spoons, cutting boards, pitchers, a sprouter and a food processor. One of our clients recently purchased a juicer and already has positive feedback!

The mother of two children told us: Every day I make juice with carrots, celery and apples. At first my son (10 years old) said, “I will not drink it!” But I coaxed him many times, telling him that carrots and celery are good for asthma. My son suffers from severe asthma. Eventually he tried the juice and he liked it! He told me, “Mama, no more sodas in the house!” My son does not like carrots and celery in soup, so I am happy I found this way to serve him these healthy foods. He drinks a little glass every day.

I heard that celery and carrots are good for asthma. I don’t know if this is true or not. But my son is very sick and needs to take steroids. But the doctor said that steroids are too much for children, so he cannot take too many. Since he has been drinking the juice, his cough is not so bad. Maybe if he drinks the juice every day, he won’t be so sick.

You can read more testimonials from previous years on our website: