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LFC T-shirts, Haunted Book Sale January 19, 2009

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Caroline here.  In my last post, I blogged about the National Day of Service event we planned with Susan Jutz at ZJ Farm.  Well, when 40mph winds on Saturday night blew snow across Highway 1, Susan’s road, and into her barn, we collectively decided that we might need to plan an alternate event.  Laura talked with our good friend Nialle at Iowa City’s Haunted Bookshop, who gratefully accepted our Sunday help in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We’re grateful for the flexibility of our volunteers who were willing to change plans at the last minute.  Our volunteers, a group of students from COGS (Committee to Organize Graduate Students) at University of Iowa (UE Local 896), joined us at Haunted Bookshop yesterday to help shelve books, organize new sections, and set up the Local Foods Connection corner in the front of the store.

Huge thank yous to Nialle for the new LFC corner at the Haunted Bookshop.  Be sure to stop by their new location at 203 N. Linn St. to browse through the LFC section – paperbacks are only 50¢ and hardcovers are $1.00. All proceeds go directly to Local Foods Connection.  You can also stop by the Haunted Bookshop to pick up your very own Local Foods Connection t-shirt, designed by Babs Ratner.  Shirts are also available at Iowa City’s White Rabbit at 103 S. Linn St.

Thank you COGS, thank you Haunted Bookshop, and thank you White Rabbit!


LFC To Host National Day of Service Event Sunday 1/18 January 12, 2009

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Local Foods Connection, in cooperation with Susan Jutz, is hosting a National Day of Service event at ZJ Farm in Solon this Sunday, January 18 at 10am.  

LFC was contacted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee at the end of December and asked to host an inauguration weekend event.  Since 1994, the United States has been celebrating a National Day Service on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  This year, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden hope to extend this one-day commitment into an ongoing engagement to community service.  Inauguration weekend will be filled with service activities throughout the country, offering Americans a chance to re-engage with their communities in a commitment to positive change.  

As part of that effort, LFC will host a workday this Sunday, January 18 at ZJ Farm in Solon, Iowa.  Volunteers will be working in a barn from 10am-2pm that day, doing chores to help prepare for spring planting. For example, volunteers will be cutting up plastic milk jugs to create mini-greenhouses which will be used to cover tender sprouts transferred from the hoophouse to the garden. Volunteers may also be helping with some clean-up in farm buildings.  Volunteers should meet us at the farm at 10am Sunday morning. Though we will enjoy some shelter from the barn, please dress appropriately for cold weather and farm work. 

If you are interested in joining us this Sunday and into the future, please visit our event listing at:


You can rsvp on that site as well as browsing all of the volunteer opportunities available across the country this weekend.

Thanks, in advance, for your support!


Client Testimonial from Des Moines January 6, 2009

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Here is a great testimonial from a family of four in the Des Moines area:

I Overeat on Tuesdays

Yes, I admit it.. I overindulge on Tuesdays! It’s true! I’ve tried hard to resist, but now… well, let’s just say I don’t fight it anymore! Tuesday evenings you’ll find me eating everything!

You see, on Tuesdays I pack up the kids and the boxes and we head to West Des Moines to meet Jan, the farmer (or sometimes her husband Tim) in a parking lot. Sounds like a drug exchange, doesn’t it? Our family is definitely addicted!!! Each week we “exchange” our empty produce boxes for FULL ONES!

Oh my, the delight we have! I always grab the enclosed note to see what’s in the box this week! I read off the contents while we drive home (yes, this could be dangerous). The boys and I are always excited! And if truth be told, we’ve been known to start eating from the box immediately! Yes, unwashed and uncooked, right out of the box, driving in the car! (Thanks Jan for washing them so well before you box it.) Once we had ALL the snap peas gone before we made it back home. And the boys thought the carrots tasted much better than those little baby ones we get in a plastic bag at the store. Who would have known carrots come in different sizes!

What a great learning experience for the whole family. We’ve all tried items we’ve never had before… okay, I’m still trying to figure out the kohlrabi. My dad and my sons absolutely LOVE the yellow watermelons and I can’t get enough of how wonderful everything tastes! Such a great variety too! No wonder I overeat!!!

I love the program. I love feeling that I can put safe, nutritious food on the table for my family. I am so thankful for everyone’s hard work and for the blessing our family has received this year!