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Nutella Babka Bread Pudding

Check out this member recipe!

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Nutella Babka Bread Pudding
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Member Robin W.
‘Absolute perfection!’
Ingredients
  • Half loaf of Nutella babka from The Wooden Bakery
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2-3/4 cup milk from WW Homestead Dairy
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. For the bread pudding, cube half a loaf of babka.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk 2 eggs, about 1/3 cup of milk, about 1 1/2 TB of sugar, and about 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Add in the bread cubes and gently stir to coat everything. Add a splash of milk if it’s not enough to coat everything with a little extra to soak. Let it rest for about 30 minutes to absorb the liquid.
  3. Grease a 6″ springform pan, pour the mixture in and gently press to compact it a little. Wrap the pan with foil along the bottom and up the sides to keep water out. Immerse it in a bain marie of hot water.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Take it out of the water bath and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes. Pop the spring to take it out of the pan and serve. The 6″ size will yield 2-3 servings.

Robin highly recommends serving it with this hard sauce recipe.

 

 

Producer Profile: Rosebud Botanicals

 

Rosebud Botanicals is all about natural health + beauty.  You can shop their products online here. Thanks Mindy for sharing your story with us! 

What is the name of your farm and where are you located?

Rosebud Botanicals, LLC, located in Afton, Iowa.

Tell us a little about the make-up of your farm.

Rosebud Botanicals, LLC was established in 2009 by Mindy Skarda, Biology instructor at Southwestern Community College. The vision for this company is to provide handcrafted skin care products that utilize the power of plants to care for the skin. Ingredients are carefully chosen for their beneficial properties to the health of your skin. Organically grown and locally grown are other criteria that is considered in choosing the ingredients used in Rosebud Botanicals, LLC skin care products.

 

What does your farm specialize in?

Organic Skin Care Products

Can you tell us a few things that make your signature product(s) special?

The skin is very absorbent. Most things applied to your skin have direct access to the blood stream. To carve out a more healthy way of living with less toxins consider Rosebud Botanicals’ handcrafted skin care products. Over-the-counter products, even some of the products labeled ‘Organic’, contain toxins such as SLS, parabens, phosphates and many other chemicals that are harmful to human and environmental health. Rosebud Botanicals avoid such toxic substances

 

 

What is the most important thing for consumers to know about your products?

A new product line includes aronia berries grown in Carlisle, Iowa. Aronia berries contain the most amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants bind up free radicals that do damage to your cellular components including the genetic code (DNA) and mitochondria – energy producing organelle. Applying skin care products with aronia berries is like applying an invisible force field of protection against environmental hazards.

 

 

Shop their products online here!

Pork, Apple + Sauerkraut Stew

Enjoy delicious Iowa flavors in this simple recipe from IFC member Lisa!

Pork, Apple + Sauerkraut Stew
Author: Lisa Bean
A wonderfully winter meal using local and seasonal ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 2 jars of Agri-cultured sauerkraut
  • One onion, chopped
  • 4 T WW Homestead butter
  • 4 carrots, roughly chopped
  • Bay leaf
  • Salt + pepper
  • 1 boneless Pork roast, 2.5-3 lbs
  • One bag Iowa Choice Harvest apples
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water or broth
Instructions
  1. –Soak 2 jars of Agri-cultured sauerkraut in water for 15 minutes, drain and squeeze liquid out , set aside
  2. – Saute one chopped onion in 2 T of WW Homestead butter
  3. – Add roughly chopped carrots from Country Roads Produce
  4. – Add one bay leaf, ground pepper, one teaspoon of salt
  5. -Transfer all to crock pot for slow cooking or a heavy duty pot for braising in oven.
  6. – Brown one pork roast in WW homestead butter on all sides and add to pot above.
  7. -Add one bag of Iowa Choice Harvest apples
  8. – Add one teaspoon of caraway seeds and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  9. – Add 1/4 c brown sugar
  10. -1 cup of water or broth
  11. -Cook until done 4-6 hours in crock pot on low, or 2-3 hours in oven at 325F.

 

 

Cart is Open – Missouri Peaches, Gluten-Free Baked Goods, Blueberries and More!

Time to Shop–1,588 Different Products Listed

 

This cycle has our largest selection of local products ever, including new and returning items (see below) that will nourish you and your family. Also, our produce farmers will update inventories throughout the week, so be sure to check back often.

NOTE: We have home delivery in the Des Moines area. Three home delivery products (based on your distance from our Franklin Avenue location) are listed under Iowa Food Cooperative products. Deliveries are from 6-9 pm on distribution Thursdays. If you want home delivery, choose “Franklin Plaza (Delivery)” as your Pickup/Delivery location when you open your shopping basket and put the appropriate product in your shopping cart. Here’s a map to help know which product to purchase.

÷«Our 2015 calendar is available in a PDF (click to view), and you can click here to see new products added since last cycle!

To shop go to https://iowafood.coop and log in. If you need help with your username or password, send an email to info@iowafood.coop. The online cart will close Sunday, July 12th at midnight. Distribution is Thurs., July 16th at all our sites except Ames, which is on Friday, July 17th.

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New items + specials:

Reichart’s Dairy Air (Knoxville) is back for the first time since 2012 with their award-winning goat cheeses, including varieties like basil feta, chive chevre, and torta a stratti—a brie style cheese. Welcome back, Lois!

Sweet Rewards Gluten-Free Bakery (Waukee) is a new IFC producer that listed three products: Chocolate Frosted Fudge Brownies, Cinnamon Roll Bars, and Red Velvet & Chocolate Cupcakes. Members wanted more gluten-free products – here they are!

Iowa Orchard (Urbandale) was granted a variance again this year so they could offer tree-ripened Missouri peaches. They’ve also listed Lodi apples (an early season summer apple) to go along with their wide selection of baked goods.

The Berry Patch Farm (Nevada) listed blueberries and Red Currants.

Wildwood Farms (Wellsburg) is back after taking a couple cycles off (Lorna typically lists every other cycle) so stock up on soft pretzels, breakfast braids, baking mixes, and granola bars.

Heritage Hill Farm (Ames) listed rosemary transplants, Bright Lights swiss chard, cabbage, curly kale and potatoes.

Herbal Blis Soaps (Boone) has a new soap: “Sweet Corn Soap is made with concentrated sweet corn water from Grimes Sweet Corn and fine-ground corn meal for a bit of scrubby. The scent is a blend of essential oils that give it a sweet and complex aroma.” 

Sipma Farms (Mitchellville) listed for the first time last cycle. They’ve got handmade lotions and lip balms (made from goat milk from their own goats) and they’ve also added fresh herbs + green beans.

Country Roads Produce (Moravia), another of our new producers from last cycle, is offering boxes of yellow tomatoes (to go with their red) and ‘cupcake’ variety summer squash.

Lucky George Farm (Derby) has two new sausages: spicy and smokey Merguez (a mutton-based sausage popular in North Africa and Middle Eastern).

Lee’s Greens (Nevada) has black + red raspberries available along with their greenhouse tomatoes

Our nine Global Greens farmers (refugee farmers from around the world) continue to amaze with their incredible offerings (beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, parsley, green beans, amaranth greens, leaf and head lettuce, mustard, arugula, chard, greens mix, kale, squash stems, red and white onions, and potatoes). Please check them out!.

Grade A Gardens (Johnston) is offering some very unique items this cycle: garlic braids, wildcrafted black walnuts, and La Ratte fingerling potatoes.

Yoke S Ranch (Russell) has their Corriente sirloin roast on sale for $6/lb.

7 Pines Farm (Maxwell) listed a variety of chicken cuts + Berkshire pork raised on their Certified Organic farm.

New Family Farm (Elkhart) added many summer favorites, including zucchini, cucumbers, and green beans.

What you need to have the best 4th of July cookout:

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Your 4th of July BBQ Shopping List

Top ten items to have at your celebration

  1. BBQ Something (beef, pork, chicken, salmon, lamb) (and don’t forget the buns!)
  2. Potato salad (or new potatoes w/ green beans?)
  3. Baked beans (homemade, of course)
  4. Cole slaw (using fresh cabbage)
  5. Fresh Berry dessert (pies, crisps)
  6. Ice cream
  7. Sweet corn (early for Iowa sweet corn, but we have frozen, a perfect side dish)
  8. Pasta salad
  9. Fresh tomatoes (they’re here!)
  10. Strawberry or raspberry kombucha (a perfect substitute for lemonade)

Cart is Open; 4th of July Cookout Edition

Taste the Local Difference–1,456 Different Products Listed

 

We have the secret to an amazing Fourth of July cookout: FRESH, LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE and locally-raised meat for the grill. New this cycle (see below for details) are Elephant Garlic, green beans, tomatoes, and there’s lots of snow/snap peas, head lettuce, carrots, and potatoes. Also, keep checking as produce farmers will update inventories throughout the week.

NOTE: We now have home delivery in the DM metro area. We’ve set up three home delivery products that are listed under the Iowa Food Cooperative. Deliveries will be from 6-9 pm on distribution Thursdays. If you want home delivery, choose “Franklin Plaza (Delivery)” as your Pickup/Delivery location when you open your shopping basket and put the appropriate product in your shopping cart. Here’s a link to a map to help know which product to purchase.

÷«Our 2015 calendar is available in a PDF (click to view), and you can click here to see new products added since last cycle!

To shop go to https://iowafood.coop and log in. If you need help with your username or password, send an email to info@iowafood.coop. The online cart will close Sunday, June 28 at midnight. Distribution is Thurs., July 2 at all our sites except Ames, which is on Friday, July 3. NOTE: Because Saturday is July 4, our alternative pick-up will be from 10:30 to noon at Franklin Avenue on Friday, July 3. 

 

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New items + specials:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Local Goes National: Lucky George Farm’s Large Black heritage breed pork was named NATIONAL CHAMPION at the Grand Cochon 555 culinary event held in Denver this past weekend. Congratulations Jason and Angela! This is the premier nose-to-tail culinary event in the country! Try Lucky George’s heritage pork and taste for yourself!

Summer is here! Lee’s Greens (Nevada) listed 2+ lb bags of mixed red and gold tomatoes and Clarion Sage Farm (Adel) listed high-tunnel heirloom tomatoes (small red vine-ripened tomatoes full of heirloom flavor).

Our nine LSI Global Greens farmers (refugee farmers from around the world) continue to amaze with their incredible variety of new offerings including beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, parsley, green beans, amaranth greens, leaf and head lettuce, mustard, arugula, chard, greens mix, kale, squash stems, red and white onions, and potatoes. Please check them out!.

Soy-free chickens have been requested by some members. This is from Mary of Cory Family Farm (Elkhart): We are now offering pasture-raised chickens that have their diets supplemented with non-GMO grains and no soy. The average weight is 4.5 lb, and we are also listing packages of chicken livers and hearts from these chickens.”

Red Barn Produce (Dexter) added a summer favorite – fresh green beans

Heritage Hill Farm (Ames) has snow peas + snap peas in addition to several fresh-cut herbs + kohlrabi.

Tesdell Farm Fresh Produce (Slater) has returned with lamb chops—raised from birth on their farm–perfect for grilling.

Iowa Choice Harvest (Ames) put their frozen sliced apples on sale (perfect for combining with berries in smoothies as they are peeled, cored, sliced, and ready to use) and they’ve added cases of both their apples and their (amazing) sweet corn.

Sunrise (Woodward) is one of the few growers in the area to raise Elephant Garlic. Don’t miss out on these giant, segmented bulbs. They have a milder garlic flavor (shhhhh they are actually a leek) and are coveted by garlic-lovers everywhere.

Yoke S Ranch (Russell) has a new sale: Corriente beef brisket, on sale for $6/lb.

Cart is Open; Home Delivery Now Available!

From Basil to Zucchini! 1,580 Different Products Listed

 

It’s really feeling like summer with fresh basil, new potatoes, snap peas, broccoli, and zucchini listed! Check back often as our veggie farmers will update inventories throughout the week. To shop go to https://iowafood.coop and log in. If you need help with your username or password, send an email to info@iowafood.coop. The online cart will close Sunday, June 14 at midnight. Distribution is Thurs., June 18 at all our sites except Ames, which is Friday, June 19. Our alternative distribution at our Franklin Plaza site is 10:30 to noon on Saturday, June 20. 

Home Delivery!

We’re closing our downtown drop off site (sorry) but are trying something new – home delivery in the DM metro area. We’ve set up three home delivery products: 1) within two miles of our Franklin Plaza site (priced at $5); 2) from two to four miles (priced at $10) and 3) more than four miles (priced at $15). They are listed under the Iowa Food Cooperative. Deliveries will be from 6-9 pm on distribution Thursdays. NOTE: If you want home delivery you need to 1) choose “Franklin Plaza (Delivery)” as your Pickup/Delivery location when you open your shopping basket and 2) put the appropriate product in your shopping cart. Here’s a link to a map to help know which product to purchase.  

Last thing: Our 2015 calendar is available in a PDF (click to view) and you can click here to see new products added since last cycle! Below are some additional updates on new stuff.

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New items + specials:

Kiowa House of Herbs (Searsboro) listed some new products, including pancake syrups in six different flavors (Strawberry, Red Raspberry, Bluebery, Aronia Berry, and Peach) and a new jelly flavor: Aronia Berry Jelly. 

Wilted Leaf Farm (Cambridge) has listed three kinds of kale, swiss chard, baby leaf lettuce mix, and Hakurei white turnips

We added inventory Hansen Dairy (Hudson) heavy cream. It’s listed under Iowa Food Cooperative products (we are buying and reselling this cream because none is currently available from our IFC producers).

Popsie Fish Co. (Homer, AK) listed Smoked Sockeye Salmon,which is alder wood smoked and ready to be served.

Lee’s Greens (Nevada) has a summer favorite – zucchini – for sale along with their other fresh produce and plants.

Timber Ridge Cattle Co. (Osceola) has a new product – ham loaf from their Swabian Hall/Large Black cross pigs (made from equal parts ground pork and ground ham).

Global Greens: The Eating Well Farm (Des Moines) has a new farm name! Bizimana Charles is in his second year of selling through IFC via Global Greens (a refugee farming program of Lutheran Services of Iowa). Check out his huge vegetable selection from beets (three kinds!) to carrots to cabbage to new potatoes. Congrats to Bizimana on naming his farm!

Global Greens: Sky Heart Farm (Des Moines) listed Genovese Basil (perfect for making pesto) along with a wide variety of other fresh produce items.

Global Greens: Congera Alex & Chantal Marie (Des Moines) added green cabbage, red spring onions, and new potatoes.

Global Greens: Namaste Gardens (Des Moines) added an interesting variety of kohlrabi called ‘Azur Star’ along with radishes, head lettuce, and other greens.

Global Greens: Jipatie Afya (Des Moines) is offering a gorgeous selection of colorful lettuce varieties and mixed greens.

Yoke S Ranch (Russell) has a new product (beef skirt steak from their Corriente beef herd) and their beef summer sausage is on sale for $9/lb.

New Family Farm (Elkhart) recently had a wedding at their farm—Congrats to Amanda + Tony! Check out their mix of items, including all-time favorite this time of year: snap peas.

7 Pines Farm (Maxwell) added three kinds of certified organic kale to go along with their wide selection of good food.

Cart is Open; Stock-Up for Summer!

1,470 Different Products Listed; Our Largest Selection of Unique Items Yet!

 

Fresh summer produce is arriving—mix up your salads with fresh herbs, green garlic, and shitake mushrooms (and don’t forget eggs, baked goods, meats, dairy and so much more!!!).

These two week shopping cycles come and go quickly! Be sure to watch for new products added throughout the week—especially produce items. 

To shop go to https://iowafood.coop and log in. If you need help with your username or password, send an email to info@iowafood.coop.) The online cart will close Sunday, May 31st at midnight. Distribution is Thurs., June 4th at all our sites except Ames, which is on Friday June 5th. If you can’t make these times, our alternative pick-up is Saturday, May 6th from 10:30 am to noon at our Franklin Avenue site.

***Mark your calendars for a free concert on Monday, June 8th, from 6-8p at our Franklin Ave. space. Bicycle-traveling folk artist Paul Doffing will perform songs from his latest album. The perfect way to start your summer! Read more here.

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New items + specials:

Hansen Dairy (Hudson via the Iowa Food Cooperative) – We are making Hansen’s butter (and cream as supply allows) available because of limited quantities from our other dairy producers. Hansen’s on-farm creamery started in 2004. Their cows are fed non-GMO crops and they are not given hormones (rBST/rBGH). 

SalAmander Farms (Bondurant) listed red/green romaine lettuce along with several kinds of fresh herbs, kale, swiss chard, mustard greens, and rhubarb.

Lee’s Greens (Nevada) has a very unique selection of fresh herbs, including fresh cut mint—from banana mint to grapefruit mint to chocolate mint! They’ve also got microgreens, rhubarb, and herb, tomato, black raspberry, and blackberry transplants.

Heritage Hill Farm (Ames) is offering various hand-made soaps along with fresh herbs, green onions, radishes, leaf lettuce, rhubarb, and a nice selection of heirloom tomato transplants and potted herbs.

Yoke S Ranch (Russell) has a sale on their short ribs this cycle only!

Audubon County Family Farms (Audubon) is back with eggs from hens fed non-GMO corn and frozen Certified Organic aronia berries.

Mushroom Mills (Columbus Junction) is offering shitake mushrooms for the first time! Check out their other two varieties as well—Lion’s Mane + Oyster.

Lucky George Farm (Derby) added some new pork products from their Large Black Heritage herd including Riblets, Bacon Back Ribs, T-Bone Chops, and Bacon ends. And for those of you who enjoy being adventurous with your grilling, they’ve got rabbit bratwurst, hot dogs, and minute steaks.

Clarion Sage Farm (Adel) added German chamomile plants (an easy to grow herb that produces flowers perfect for herbal tea).

Special K Ranch (Chariton) is running a hamburger special – buy 10 pounds get one pound free.