Luther Hits 26% Local

From Luther College Sustainability News, 10/9/17.


When you dine at Luther College, chances are that some part of your meal came from a local farm. As a matter of fact, last year 26% of all food and beverages served on campus were locally produced.


As one of the largest purchasers of food in the region, we are in a position to play a significant role in the development of a regional food system. We take pride in our ability to support local producers and our chefs have fun featuring the abundance delivered by the Luther Gardens, Iowa Food Hub and others.


Northeast Iowa is increasingly agriculturally diverse and offers a variety of foods that our chefs enjoy incorporating into their menus. Here’s a little taste of what you might find when you eat a meal at Luther College this Fall:

  • Luther Gardens – cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, red peppers, eggplant, spinach, rutabaga, green beans, fennel, basil, squash
  • Impact Coffee – okay, we know that coffee can’t be grown in Northeast Iowa but what’s a college campus without coffee? Impact Coffee roasts fair trade coffee beans lovingly right in our backyard and keeps us all buzzing throughout the week!
  • Iowa Food Hub – pork, melons, vegetables
  • Ferndale Market – free range turkey raised without antibiotics
  • Country View Dairy – yogurt
  • WW Homestead Dairy – milk, soft serve, hard ice cream, butter, cheese curds

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