New Year’s Resolution: Eat Healthy, Support Local Farmers, Protect Land and Water

New Year’s Resolution: Eat Healthy, Support Local Farmers, Protect Land and Water

Thank you to the board members who brought in donuts and coworkers who brought home-baked desserts to the office in 2019.  As a result, my New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and eat healthier! Kidding aside, Prairie Rivers of Iowa is an organization with a long track record of supporting local food systems.  Local food is a much better framework for healthy eating than picking processed foods based on high-this or low-that claims on the box.  Whole foods—vegetables from the farmers market or CSA, eggs from my backyard chickens, fruit from U-pick orchards—are not just nutritious but a source of joy in the harvesting, purchasing, and cooking.  “Eat more locally grown fruits and vegetables in 2020” is a pledge that makes me look forward to the coming year rather than dreading it. But I’m not overweight and in pain because I don’t eat fruits and veg.  Like most members of my extended family, I have chronic health conditions that are exacerbated...
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Celebrating Local this Harvest Season

Fall is such a wonderful time, especially in Iowa. Leaves changing colors, cool nights, savory soups and pumpkin pie. What's in Season? pumpkins winter squash apples potatoes beets turnips cabbage broccoli brussels sprouts garlic onions   Seasonal Produce Guide: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/page/whats-season Check out a Central Iowa farm: Center Grove Orchard (Cambridge, Ia) Pick your own pumpkins and apples Hayrides Corn/hay maze Farm animals and so much more Hours: Monday-Saturday (9 am-7 pm) and Sunday (11 am-6 pm) Admission: $8.95 (Monday-Friday), $10.95 (Weekends) More info: http://www.centergroveorchard.com Berry Patch (Nevada, IA) Pick your own pumpkins, apples, and red raspberries Hours: Monday-Saturday (9 am-5 pm) and Sunday (10 am-4 pm) More info: http://www.berrypatchfarm.com Black's Heritage Farms (Ames, Ia) Pick your own pumpkins Trolley rides Farm animals Sweet Corn Feed (free w/admission) and more Hours: Saturday/Sunday (10 am-6 pm) Admission: $3.00 More info: https://www.facebook.com/BHFPP or 515-292-1936      ...
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