Time to Shop!
|Yellow River Dairy is a new IFC producer from near Monona in NE IA (www.yellowriverdairy.com). They’ve milked goats for over 20 years, and their on-farm cheese processing facility has been in operation for about five years. They’ve listed 11 different products – five types of “cheese logs” (semi-soft curd molded into sliceable 6 oz logs) and six types of chevre.
Wedel Grazing Acres is running a sale on New York Strip steaks, $13.99/lb (regularly $16.50/lb).
Yoke S Ranch has a sale on hamburger patties (perfect for grilling) from their Corriene beef herd – regular price is $5/lb; marked down to $4.50. Rick writes: “We finally were able to get going in the hay fields. We baled over 300 bales in 5 days. We need about 800 1500 lb bales to feed the cattle this winter, so we still have a ways to go.”
From Jocelyn at Pickle Creek Herbal: “I’ve added a new infused olive oil for this cycle—Greek Oregano & Garlic. We’ve been making this oil for the past several years, but we’ve been sold out since February due to its popularity. We’ve been waiting and waiting to harvest our oregano so we could start making this oil again, and finally it’s back!”
Lee at The Berry Patch Farm writes “We will have greenhouse tomatoes, strawberry hanging baskets, some herbs, and best of all some black raspberries.”
Chef Connie’s Urban Farm added kohlrabi and beets this cycle, and Maxwell Farms has Yukon Gold new potatoes.
LaVentosa Ranch is taking this cycle off (the Marshall County fair is the week of delivery).
Broadhorn Farm is taking off as well because they sold most their product to a group that follows the Weston A. Price dietary guidelines (www.westonaprice.org/basics/dietary-guidelines). They hope to have more processed meat in their freezer in the next two weeks.
Time to Shop!
|Country View Dairy added five new yogurt products. Two are variety packs with a mix of yogurts (so you can try 4-5 flavors with one purchase). Three are 3# family-size tubs (plain, vanilla & strawberry). Give Check these a try and see what members have been raving about.
Doug’s Last Wish Ultimate Steak Seasoning is a new IFC producer with a certified organic seasoning that is especially suited to grass-fed meats (although it’s great on everything in the kitchen from veggies to fish to pork. Try with on the meat you purchase through the IFC for your summer grilling performances.
Griffieon Family Farm added Boneless Leg of Lamb, plus they’ve listed more lamb cuts, and they have five lotions on sale at 10% off (Arabian Spice, Warm Vanilla, Lemon, Lavender, and Lime). LaVon writes: “Our first batch of chickens are finished and I’m traveling to Bloomfield tomorrow with a 23 foot trailer (my maiden voyage) to get chickens butchered, so we will have plenty of chicken for sale.”
Sondra from SalAmander Farm writes: “If anyone wants to our order lamb, you need to get it this cycle. I will be taking off July and most of August for county fair season and won’t be listing again till school starts. Thanks for your business!”
Holdeman ABF Poultry has whole capons with missing wing on sale for $2.39 per lb (regular $2.69 per lb) – “wonderful family get togethers, holidays and reunions; they roast up very moist.”
With all this rain, it’s been difficult for our produce growers. Here’s some info about what they’ve listed this cycle:
Wildwood Farms is back this cycle and has added a new item: Breakfast Braid (Danish-like sweet braid with jam filling that makes a beautiful and delicious breakfast treat).
Threshing Floor and Gardner’s Harvest are back as well. Lisa with Gardner’s Harvest writes: “We are back from vacation. If anyone wants to know, we spent the week at a Medieval ‘War’ hosted by the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Time to Shop!
|More fresh produce is becoming available. Here are some new products this cycle. (NOTE: growers sometimes add inventory late in the order period, so check back if something is sold out.)
Threshing Floor and Gardner’s Harvest are taking this cycle off, but Valley View Poultry is back (they’ll participate the first cycle each month through October).
Paula from Twin Girls Gardens writes: “We’ve added a new jam – blueberry lime – a sweet specialty jam made with blueberries and limes.”
Des Moines Bacon Company added a new product – Hardwood Smoked Cured Bacon. It’s the bacon that won the 2013 Baconfest Grand Champion award.
Yoke S Ranch has hamburger from their Corriente beef herd on sale: $40/ten lb package (regularly $45) and single package price is $4.25 (regularly $4.75). Rick writes: “We are almost done calving, but this wet weather really set up back as far as hay baling. Everything is growing, but we can’t get in to harvest it. Oh well, that is life on the farm, I guess.”
Broadhorn Farm has several products from their Belted Galloway beef herd on sale: 20 lb ground beef bundle is $88 (regularly $100, only five available); Rolled Rump Roast is $4.45/lb (regularly $5.50); Stew Meat is $4.50/package (regularly $5.99).
Heart of Iowa Soapworks has a new product: Iris Soap (a nice light floral scent that smells just like a beautiful Iris flower. Back in stock are Gorgeous Gams Ladies Shaving soap, Pine Tar shampoo, and Allie’s Almond & Oats soap.
Time to Shop – Three New Producers + Downtown Drop-Off Site!
|We’ve been wanting to offer more dairy products, and so we are pleased to announce that Country View Dairy from near Hawkeye in NE Iowa has joined the IFC as a producer-owner. We’ve heard great things about their all-natural yogurt products. They make both original and Greek varieties right on their farm from their rBST-free dairy herd. Welcome aboard.
We’ve also been working to recruit more fresh produce growers, so we are please to welcome Steak ‘n’ Eggs Farm (from Winterset) and Chef Connie’s Urban Farm (from Des Moines). Steak ‘n’ Eggs Farm listed some green onions (they may add more later this week, but they are playing it safe in terms on inventory for now). Chef Connie’s is starting her farming career with some fresh rhubarb.
Other fresh produce is available. (NOTE: growers sometimes add product to inventories late in the order period when it is easier to predict quantities available on distribution day, so please check back if something has sold out.)
Becky from the Threshing Floor writes: “I just want to let people know that I will not be selling on the cycle with delivery date of June 13. They may want to order extra this cycle and put it in the freezer.”
Matt from Holdeman ABF Poultry writes: “I’ve updated my listings. We’ve many of the same popular capon cuts with some great new ones added, such as Capon Roulade’s, which is a half capon rolled in the skin to create a perfect blend of white and dark meat.”
Yoke S Ranch has their beef stix from their Corriente beef herd on sale for $9/lb (regularly $13/lb).
Broadhorn Farm added Sirloin Tip and Pikes Peak roasts to products they are offering from their Belted Galloway beef herd, and they’ve put all their roasts and stew meat on sale (stew meat was $7.99/pkg and is now $4.99/pkg).
LaVentosa Ranch added grass-fed steak and Berkshire pork country style ribs, and their grass fed beef and pepper cheese sticks are on sale for $8/package!
Time to go shopping – Transplants Galore!
|Spring is (almost?) here! Time to get that garden planted.
Wabi Sabi Farm, Pickle Creek Herbal, SalAmander Farm, Berry Patch Farm, and 7 Pines Farm have collectively listed 66 different types of tomato transplants, plus 17 types of pepper transplants, 47 different herbs, and an assortment of other transplants (swiss chard, cabbage, broccoli, cukes, okra, winter squash, scallions, onions, and blueberries). Many are heirloom varieties, and those from Wabi Sabi Farm and 7 Pines Farm are certified organic.
Carrie of LaVentosa Ranch writes: After using the winter to get our animals raised, we now have products available. New this year: 100% all natural, hormone and antibiotic free Berkshire pork and 100% Grass Fed, all natural, no hormone or antibiotic Beef.
Yoke S Ranch has added beef short ribs from their herd of Corriente cattle, and Wedel Grazing Acres has their beef stew meat on sale again this cycle.
Scott from Corazon Coffee writes: We are ready to roll and have a new offering – a Guatemalan named “Huehuetanango” from the Asobagri Cooperative. This is a quality bean that we are roasting on the dark side of medium.
SalAmander Farms has listed lamb bundles for your freezer or grilling, and Tesdell Farm Fresh Produce has listed ground lamb and lamb chops.
Broadhorn Farm added Flank Steak, Porterhouse Steak and Stew Beef as well as a Premium Steak Bundle from their Belted Galloway beef herd.
Raccoon Forks Farm added spinach and whole stewing hens.
Time to go shopping!
The cart opened at last night midnight. It will close at midnight on Sunday, April 21st. Delivery is Thurs., April 25th at our Des Moines area locations and Friday, April 26th at our Ames location. See below for updates on new stuff.
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|Wildwood Farms is back this cycle, as is Valley View Poultry and Country Harvest Jams.Get your greens and eat healthy!
The Homestead listed their signature lettuce mix and Berry Patch Farm listed lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, and Salanova lettuce heads.
SalAmander Farms listed 22 varieties of heirloom tomato transplants, six varieties of heirloom sweet peppers transplants, and one each of kale, Chinese cabbage, and kohlrabi.
Herb transplants are available from 7 Pines Farm (Thyme, Sage and Italian Large Leaf Basil) and SalAmander Farms (Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram, Parsley).
Berry Patch Farm listed hanging strawberry plant baskets, two kinds of blueberry plants, plus and chives and curled parsley in 4.5″ pots. Also, see www.berrypatchfarm.com for info on a 4/20 workshop on growing blueberries.
Wedel Grazing Acres added sirloin and minute steaks, plus they have ground pork available again and their beef stew meat is on sale @ $6.99/lb.
Yoke S Ranch’s Corriente filet mignon steak is on sale for $13/lb (regular price $15/lb).
Holdeman ABF Poultry has all their capon products on sale this cycle except for hindquarters.
Griffieon Family Farm has one new product – a quarter beef.