More than just a plant sale, the annual Iowa Food Cooperative’s spring transplant sale was an opportunity to welcome spring and try a diverse variety of products available through the IFC. Producers set up tables outside the IFC space in Merle Hay Mall, some providing samples, all providing unique products, information, and friendly conversation.
- Corazon Coffee gave away coffee samples and brought a few of their signature blends.
- The Threshing Floor presented breads that featured Iowa ingredients, along with samples of their distinctive artisan and flavored breads.
- Maasdam Sorghum products gave customers a chance to taste the difference between sorghum syrup and conventional molasses, the former proving far superior!
- Gardner’s Harvest offered lavender flavored cupcakes, as well as handcrafted reusable Pyrex drinking straws.
- Early Morning Harvest brought some of their locally grown and milled flours and grains, along with spring lettuce mixes.
- Pickle Creek Herbal gifted Coop members with soap samples and sold rare herb transplants, along with their infused olive oils and vinegars.
- Wabi Sabi Farm showcased a large number of Certified Organic vegetable transplants, including many heirloom tomato varieties.
- Iowa Pet Adoptions gave pet-owners (and friends of pet-owners) samples of their Iowa-made pet treats, which are now available for sale to benefit the organization.
- The Homestead exhibited naturally grown transplants, including vegetables and a wide assortment of flowers.
- Wagner Enterprises hosted a selection of baked goods, along with samples of a new gluten-free bread in production.
- Twin Girls Garden sampled jams and jellies, including novel varieties like wine and jalapeno jelly.
- Raccoon Forks Farm sold herb transplants as well as brown eggs from pastured, hormone/antibiotic-free chickens.
The response echoed the same from producers and consumers alike; all would like to see more IFC events like this in the future, even on a regular basis. Stay tuned!