IFC Shopping Cart is Open – Great Holiday Gift Ideas!

Shop From Home for Unique Local Gifts (and food for your holiday meals)!

The online shopping cart opened last night at midnight. There are many, many excellent food and non-food products available for your gifting and eating needs – all available from the comfort of your home computer. See below for info on a new producer and new items, and use this link for some wonderful gift ideas.

NOTE: The cart closes at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 15. Distribution is Thurs., Dec. 19 at our Des Moines area locations and Friday, Dec. 20 at our Ames location. Note: if you have a conflict with this schedule, our alternative pick up time from 10:30 am to noon on Sat., Dec. 21.

To shop go to http://iowafood.coop and log in. If you need help with your username or password, send an email to info@iowafood.coop.

The Iowa Food Cooperative now has attractive, 100% cotton t-shirts available. The front has our name while the back includes the “I Love it When You Talk Dirt to Me” graphic developed IFC member Rick Von Holdt. 

Grimm Family Farm (from North English) has joined as a new producer member (welcome aboard!). They’ve listed black turtle beans (soak overnight and cook for 30-45 minutes until tender; great in soups, salads, spreads or by themselves as a side dish).

Fieldstone Farms added Beeswax Christmas Ornaments and two sizes of several kinds of natural lotions (Oakmoss & Warm Amber, Ocean Mist, French Vanilla). They also have their honey, beeswax, bee pollen, and lip balms products, plus two sizes of gift baskets (which include lip balm, honey, hand & body lotion, creamed honey, and bee pollen).

Lisa from Gardner’s Harvest changed her Chocolate Crinkles so they are grain-free. Her reusable glass straws (made of pyrex with flamed ends for a durable smooth drinking straw) are back in stock. And for a substantive treat (that’ll keep folks alive for long periods of time) try her Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie.

It was a good apple year, so Iowa Orchard lowered prices on their ciders and apples. They also added several varieties: Fuji, Ida Red, Chietain, and #2 Honeycrisps. With the apples listed by The Berry Patch, we’ve got 24 different products listed (apple pie, anyone?).

The IFC is blessed to have several great greenhouse producers (how cold is it?). This cycle Lee’s Greens listed lettuce, red kale, spinach, and radishes and Krieger Greenhouses listed four kinds of herb gardens (wonderful gifts for wintertime culinary needs) as well as lettuce, kale, swiss chard, and white turnips.

Zaza’s Pasta continues to amaze with new seasonal foods, such as 1) Panettone bread (sweet, airy Italian Christmas bread full of fresh orange zest,raisins, golden raisins, and currants that have been soaked in orange liqueur) and 2) Christmas Lasagne (with seasonal coloring made by layering handmade noodles with cream white sauce, fontina cheese, balsamic-roasted organic grape tomatoes, and organic spinach). Pumpkin Fettuccine is also on sale and Pizzelle cookies are back in two flavors (Traditional Anise and Chocolate Hazelnut).

And don’t forget about your center-of-the-plate needs. We’ve got a huge variety of specialty meats from our livestock growers that have products that you can build a proper feast around.