What’s Happening: January 2015

By: Hannah Linnemeyer


Many farms here in Central Iowa are gearing up for the 2015 CSA season. Look at this post we did last year on the importance of CSA programs both for the farmers and the community. Here is a list of a few local farms now accepting shares. (If your farm is not listed and you would like it to be, please email us a bfbl@drake.edu)

Bridgewater farms -learn more here.

Crooked gap farm– they are adding Urbandale and Pella locations to the current Des Moines (The Cheese Shop) and Knoxville delivery options for the 2015 season. Learn more about their meat CSA here.

Grade A Gardens – stop by any of the following local businesses to sign up: The Cheese Shop of Des MoinesZanzibar’s Coffee AdventureGateway Market & CafeHoQ restaurantCapital Chiropractic and Rehabilitation CenterWhole Foods Market West Des Moines.

Grinnell Heritage Farm- learn more and purchase a share on their website.

Wabi Sabi Farm – registration for new members will begin on February 1st, 2015. Click here to find out more.


Cooking with George” classes on January 10th, February 13th, and March 7th, at 6:30 p.m. at Malo Restaurant located in the Des Moines Social Club Gallery at 900 Mulberry, Des Moines, IA

Join Chef George Formaro for an interactive evening filled with great food and libations! Enjoy a chef’s demonstration followed by a four course dinner with wine selections. $65/ guest. To reserve your spot, call 515-244-5000 or email nbopes@malodesmoines.com.


Wine School 101 at Two Saints Winery- classes begin December 6, 2014 – Feb. 21. 2015

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


Malo Wine Classes on January 21st, February 18th, March 18th, and April 15th at 6:30 p.m. (third Wed. of every month) at the Des Moines Social Club Gallery, 900 Mulberry, Des Moines, IA

Join Malo and Gateway Market’s Abbe Hendricks to explore the wines of Spain and Latin America. You may reserve your spot for $30 for a single class or $100 for all 4 classes. Call 515-244-5000 or email nbopes@malodesmoines.com to make reservations!


Hot Sample Sunday at Picket Fence Creamery on January 18th from Noon – 5:00 p.m. 

Warm up with some HOT samples and deals at Picket Fence Creamery. They will have everything from Hot Fudge Sundaes to Hot Buffalo Chili, and much more.


CSA Fair at Wheatsfield Co-op on Saturday, January 31st from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. located at 

The following Central Iowa farms will be there to discuss their CSAs: Heritage Hill Farm, Lacewing Acres, The Homestead, Farm to Folk, Mustard Seed Community Farm, Raccoon Forks Farm, 7 Pines Farm, Lee’s Greens. Meet these local farmers and learn how you can participate in their CSAs.


Sustainable Sweethearts at the Des Moines Botanical Garden on February 6th, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. located at 909 Robert Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA

Are you looking for a significant way to give back to your community? At Sustainable Sweethearts, you can connect with local dreamers to launch a project or create your own. The event is free to attend. RSVP and learn more here.


Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Wallace House on Friday, February 13th at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. located at 756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA

Chef Katie will be preparing a special five-course meal for $60 per person. Tables are available for couples and groups. Call 515-243-7063 or email deannebryce@wallace.org.


Two Times the Fun! Dinner and Entertainment Duo at the Country Life Center on Saturday, February 14th beginning at 5 p.m. 

Treat your Valentine to a three-course dinner at the Country Life Center at 5 pm and then enjoy reserved seating at the 7 pm “Two on Tap” show at the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield. This dining and entertainment duo is $50/person. Chef Katie will be determining the menu soon. Contact the Warren Cultural Center at 641-343-7337 or www.warrenculturalcenter.com.


Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Country Life Center on Saturday, February 14th at 7 p.m. located at 2773 290th Street, Orient

Relax and enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Katie at the Country Life Center. There will be more updates to come on the menu details. For reservations call 641-337-5019 or email dianeweiland@wallace.org.


President’s Day Sample Sunday at Picket Fence Creamery on February 15th from Noon – 5:00 p.m.

There will be many Iowa foods available to sample. Cherry vanilla ice cream, Stone Cliff Winery’s Sweet Cherry wine, fresh cheese curds, meat sticks, Neva’s bacon cheeseball, bacon chili corn bread, Denison mustards, soups, local jams, caramel puffs, and… “the best darned chocolate milk this side of the Milky Way!” Just to name a few.


Food for Thought Dinners at the Wallace House begin again in Mid-March

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 deannebryce@wallace.org.


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