FFI Bits – June 15

(Above) TCLC Summer Camp kids visited Unionland Market in West Union to learn about local growers and 5-2-1-0! Each child received $6 to choose healthy choices for food and snacks! These kids are showing off their purchases. Thank you to Stacie Schroeder, Director of TCLC Program and Jes Wegner, RN Gundersen Palmer Community Health Coordinator.


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FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Posted by Luna Valley Farm, ” One of the many things we love about pizza is that it serves as a canvas on which to feature local ingredients. When we use local ingredients on our pizza it supports small farms and the vitality of rural communities. Throughout the month of June we will be offering the “June” pizza which contains asparagus from a farm in Wisconsin, delivered to us by the Iowa Food Hub. We love the food hub and what it stands for – to support small farms through the aggregation and distribution of products from small local farms to restaurants, schools and grocery stores in the tri-state region. Phil delivered 15# of asparagus today that will be served on pizzas tomorrow. It may be raining but we will have plenty of seating under the tents and in the barn.

Have you seen it? The first ever Driftless Food Guide is available! It lists farms, farmer markets and wonderful places to eat and visit in the tri-state region. Check an Inspire(d) newstand near you or browse online.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Even though I have my garden planted I still enjoy going to Farmers’ Markets. They have wonderful produce ready to purchase while my seedlings are just starting to bloom. I can’t wait for the first fresh taste of summer fruits and vegetables. Over the years, I have learned a few things going to the markets that I think may be helpful to anyone interested.  I’m sharing some simple tips to make your trip more enjoyable and ‘fruitful’.

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

Want to explore the great outdoors this summer? The Driftless Safari is a long-term scavenger hunt that will take you to some of the best natural, cultural, and historic treasures that Winneshiek County has to offer! You can pick up materials at any Winneshiek County public library, or can download your own versions to print. To learn more about how the program works, visit http://www.driftless-safari.org.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Third grade students at Notre Dame Catholic school asked the Cresco City Council, mayor, police chief, and public works director for a crosswalk in front of their school. It happened.

Oelwein 3rd graders learned how to make pizzas but there was one requirement – they had to put at least 3 veggies on their pizzas to practice trying new foods. One student said that he had never had veggies on pizza, and he was scared to try it. When he decided to be brave, he was so surprised. He proclaimed to the entire class that veggies made pizza so much better!


Did you know that in some communities, kids can eat lunch or breakfast FOR FREE during the summer? The USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites. There are USDA sites in Ossian, Waukon, Cresco, Luana, Monona, Farmersburg, McGregor, Oelwein and more. There are also community-funded programs in Decorah and Postville. Click here to find a site near you.

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