Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving Newsletter


The Holiday season is upon us! No need to panic, there are still plenty of opportunities to purchase fresh, locally grown food to incorporate into your holiday meals! 

*      The Winter Farmers’ Market is coming up on November 21-22.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties, and gift giving. Find out more details at

*      Shop online with using the Co-op’s Thanksgiving shopping list at from November 12-16th. Then pick up your purchases on the Thursday before Thanksgiving at one of their 6 locations.

*      Order your Thanksgiving Turkey from Picket Fence Creamery and pick it up at their next Sample Sunday on November 23rd, noon to 5 p.m.

*      Campbell’s Nutrition is taking orders for Thanksgiving Turkeys. Call 515-277-6351 for details.

*      The Harvest Barn Marketplace is still open through December 28th. Learn more about their locally-grown products at


What’s Happening: November

By: Hannah Linnemeyer


Downtown Farmers’ Market – Winter Market, Nov. 21 – 22 and Dec. 12 – 13, 2014, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. located at Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at The Hub, Downtown Des Moines

The Winter Farmers’ Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties, and gift giving with more than 130 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams, and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products including locally produced honey, jams, salsa, wine, cheese, noodles, breads, pies and cinnamon rolls. In addition, poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations will be available.


Iowa Food Cooperative’s Annual Meeting and Potluck, Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 445 Maple Street, Waukee, IA (Agri-Cultured HQ)

Attend Iowa Food Cooperative’s meeting and potluck to hear about the co-op’s journey through 2014 and what is ahead for next year, while enjoying local food. Please bring a dish to share and table service.


Opening of La Mie Express set to open on or before November 15, 2014 located at 1220 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA

The popular café in Des Moines, La Mie Bakery, is set to open a second location in mid-November. Their new location will offer a smaller menu, focused more on to-go items.


Holiday Open House at Edge of the Woods Berry Farm on Saturday, November 22 , 2014 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Edge of the Woods Berry Farm will be turning this year’s harvest into jams, jellies, and other goodies for their Holiday Open House. They will also have local vendors offering fresh baked pies and jars of delicious relishes. Arts and crafts by local artists will also be available.


Sample Sunday at the Picket Fence Creamery on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from noon – 5 p.m.

Join the Picket Fence Creamery for their monthly Sample Sunday to enjoy free samples of local food and much more!


Food for Thought Dinners at The Wallace House on Thursday, November 13 & 20, December 4, 11, & 18 from 5:30pm – 8pm

The Wallace House invites you to “Food for Thought,” a program that combines locally-sourced dining with conversation about food. Diners will order from a changing menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts created from local ingredients, including fruits and vegetables grown at the Country Life Center. Bring your own wine. Reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 515-243-7063 or email


Meals at The Gathering Table Restaurant on Friday, November 7, 14, & 21, December 5 & 12, Lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Country Life Center, 2773 290th Street, Orient

The Gathering table prepares fresh, locally grown ingredients for a unique country dining experience. The menu changes weekly. Walk-ins are welcome, though reservations are encouraged.


Cookin’ with Katie Culinary Class at the Wallace Center of Iowa on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Learn how to prepare a Hunter’s Feast featuring meats such as elk, pheasant, deer, and bison. Learn more at Sign up to reserve your via email or call 515.243.7063.


Wine School 101 at Two Saints Winery- classes begin December 6, 2014

Sample 8-10 wines and learn how to swirl, sip, and serve them. Visit or call 641-396-2102 to reserve your spot.


The Cheese Shop Fondue Night, Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

What’s Fresh: November

By: Hannah Linnemeyer

It’s beginning to get chilly here in Iowa but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any locally-grown produce available. Parsley, garlic, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms, carrots, greens, parsnips, beets and turnips are some of the fresh ingredients you can work into those holiday recipes. If you are looking for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish to highlight your locally-grown vegetables…check out this recipe:

Root Vegetables with a Honey and Thyme Glaze

Root Veges

  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 1 lb beets
  • 1 lb parsnips
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  •  salt & pepper to taste
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash, peel, and chop vegetables into uniform pieces so that they cook at similar speeds. Mix the honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and thyme in a bowl and toss with veges. Salt and pepper vegetables and lay them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Throw in the oven for ~30 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.


  • This dish is extremely versatile. You may interchange these for pretty well any of your fall harvest vegetables, from sweet potato to butternut squash. Just make sure to chop vegetables uniformly and adjust cooking time.