Monthly Archives: June 2013

What’s Fresh: Strawberries

By Kelsey Johnson

It’s almost time for the quintessential beginning of summer fruit: strawberries.

Grinnell Heritage Farm reports that their strawberries should be ready for harvest within the next week. While they recommend people “just eat ’em,” here’s a recipe from Gateway Market if you’re looking for an extra sweet indulgence. Also look for fresh leafy greens, rhubarb, asparagus, and garlic at the market this week.


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      • 1 cup strawberries sliced
      • 1 cup blueberries
      • 1 cup raspberries
      • 1 TBS plus 1/4 cup Splenda (or sugar if preferred)
      • 1 cup heavy cream
      • 2 TBS sweet Marsala wine

Mix berries together in bowl with 1 TBS Splenda.  Let marinate for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/4 cup Splenda and add one cup heavy cream and sweet Marsala wine. Divide berries in four martini glasses and pour equal parts of cream mixture on top of berries. Makes four servings.

Recommended: sparkling dessert wine, coffee, and the music of Wynton Marsalis or Pat Metheny


Plant a Mile Fundraising Dinner

Join Drake University for a night of great food and camaraderie at a fundraiser for the Plant a Mile project.  These efforts help the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network provide Central Iowa families access to fresh, locally grown produce. The project identifies farms willing to provide produce at a price that reflects both the value of the crop and the volunteer efforts that make the production possible.

Golden-tatersPlant a Mile is a project of Drake University and part of the Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign made possible with help from our sponsors: Campbell’s Nutrition, Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation, Devour Des Moines, the Downtown Farmer’s Market, HoQ Restaurant, Iowa Heartland RC&D, Kitchen Collage of Des Moines, and Maytag Dairy Farms.  Farms providing locally grown produce and grains this year include Ali Family Garden, Busy Bee Garden Center, Grinnell Heritage Farm, Maytag Dairy Farms, and Rinehart Family Farm.

The fundraising dinner will take place on Sunday, June 16 at HoQ Restaurant. For a $75 donation, participants will receive a locally grown meal including light appetizers, salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and coffee. Guests are encouraged to bring wine as there will be a $10 corkage fee donated to the Plant a Mile with a cash bar available. This is a great way to celebrate Fathers’ Day! We hope to see you there.


When: Sunday, June 16, 5:00 p.m.
Where: HoQ Restaurant , 303 E 5th St, Des Moines
Cost: $75 per person.  A cash bar will be available. $10 corkage fee donated to Plant a Mile (per bottle of wine—includes a wine opener from Kitchen Collage to take home).
RSVP is required by Wednesday, June 12. Reservations can be made online or by e-mail to


Volunteer this summer on BFBL farms

Throughout the summer the Plant a Mile program will be recruiting volunteers to help our Plant a Mile farmers plant, weed, and harvest fresh, locally grown produce to help feed families using the DMARC Food Pantry network.

The first volunteer opportunity is on Wednesday, June 5 from 10 12 p.m. at Ali Family Garden.  To participate please e-mail Michael Frandsen at  Up to 15 volunteers can be used on Wednesday.  If the spaces are filled, your name will be placed on the volunteer list and you will be offered first opportunity on our next volunteer event.  If you cannot make June 5 but are interested in volunteering e-mail Michael to be added to the potential volunteer list for future Plant a Mile farm events.