What’s Fresh: December

By Kelsey Johnson

While no one is currently harvesting carrots out of the frozen ground, there are plenty still available considering they can be stored for months at a time. In fact, they often taste even better, as carrots become sweeter with age. While they are great raw, carrots can also be jazzed up in a few simple steps. Thanks to Iowa Food Coop for this awesome tip:

Curried Carrots


  • 12 carrots
  • 6 Tbs Butter
  • 2 Tbs Curry powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Brown sugar

Place carrots in a sauce pan and add cold water to cover. Cook over medium heat until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain and return carrots to pan. Mix butter, curry, salt and pepper and add to carrots in pan.  Add lemon and brown sugar. Heat through. Serve.


While the snow puts a damper on the growing season, there are still ways to fill your table with local Iowa goodness thanks to what else: meats and cheeses!

This month we encourage you to assemble a meat and cheese platter, sure to impress as a party appetizer, or as a quick, delicious gift for anyone on your list! Stop by Campbell’s Nutrition, Gateway Market, or The Cheese Shop to pick up ingredients for your own personalized all-Iowa sampler plate!

Here’s an example of a great BFBL sample tray:

But don’t be afraid to check out our 2013 Food Guide and contact any BFBL members to see what meats, cheese, produce, or specialty products they might have available to help your sampler stand out among the pack!