Celebrate National Farmers Market Week! Mark your calendars for August 2-8, a week designated by USDA to celebrate America’s farmers markets. Will you be shopping at a farmers market that week?
FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Unionland Market in West Union has a new produce cooler thanks to the Iowa Food Hub and a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The funding for this project was to explore the opportunities (and challenges) of partnering with non-traditional food retailers to increase the access of local food in rural communities. Stop by and check out the new, fresh offerings!
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
“I want a snack!” Most parents know that phrase all too well. We may even cringe upon hearing it, but it is okay for kids to eat a little something between meals. In fact, snacks can play a big part in fulfilling a child’s daily nutritional requirements. The important thing is to provide children with nutritious snacks that won’t undermine your primary goal of keeping them healthy.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
The 2014-2015 SRTS Annual Report for Northeast Iowa is now available. This report summarizes spring Travel Tally results and SRTS activities of participating schools.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Among the corndogs and funnel cakes, fruit has been a favorite item on a stick at the county fairs! Come find me at your county fair and make some refreshing fruit kabobs. (I’ll be by the Bike Blender)
Fayette County Fair, Aug 5-9
Clayton County Fair, Aug 5-10
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
BETTER BREAKFAST, BETTER GRADES A new study from the University of Iowa reinforces the connection between good nutrition and good grades, finding that free school breakfasts help students from low-income families perform better academically.
PRODUCE DONATIONS Here we are, in the heat of the summer! As your garden bounties come flowing in, skip the canning and preserving one day, and instead donate your fresh produce. Visit www.cultivateiowa.org for more support on how to donate produce, what types of foods to donate, and where you can donate your garden produce. (Don’t worry! Good Samaritan Laws protect you from any liability when donating produce.)
HELP WANTED Iowa Food Hub is accepting applications for a part-time bookkeeper for their local food distribution business.
HELP WANTED FFI is still looking for service members for NE Iowa schools. A new partnership with ISU Extension in Clayton County has a service member working with MFL MarMac schools and delivering 4-H school enrichment programs and after-school programs county-wide.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Shopping at the farmers market is different than the grocery store so here are some tips for readers who may not have given it a try before or found it to be overwhelming.