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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 and log in. If you need help with your username or password, send an email to 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. 



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.