2016 Local Food Fair
September 14 from 5:00-7:00 PM
At Iowa City Farmers Market in Chauncey Swan Park
With Taste of Market
The public is invited to attend the second annual Local Food Fair. Local caterers, food based businesses, farmers and non-profit organizations will offer displays with information, food samples and educational materials. This is a free event and families are welcome.
The Local Food Fair is part of Field to Family’s annual Local Foods Festival and Eat, Drink Local Week from September 11-17. Other events include Share the Harvest Dinner, Local Lunch and Learns, Culinary Walk and Farm to School Farmer Fair and School Garden Produce Booth during Kid’s Day at the Iowa City Farmers Market.
While the Iowa City Farmers Market is already, in itself, a local food showcase, this event essentially expands the market that day to include nonprofit organizations working within the food system, local farmers that don’t normally vend at the market to share their story and local food businesses to offer food samples. This is not for businesses to sell their products. If you are interested in vending at the Farmers Market, contact the Iowa City Farmers Market directly.
Participants in the 2nd Annual Local Food Fair:
Backyard Abundance is a nonprofit that helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat. Visit their website to learn about their classes, landscape design consultations, and yard tours.
Field to Family’s mission is to grow healthy communities by connecting local food and families. We envision a region where people eat with the seasons, where farmers make a living, and our rural landscapes are diverse, abundant, and healthy. Our annual Festival works to connect citizens in the food system, educate the public, and celebrate the local sustainable food economy. Field to Family coordinates the Iowa City Community School District’s Farm to School Chapter by supporting local foods in school lunches, school gardens and hosting Farmer Fairs at elementary schools- an in-school field to trip introducing students to farmers, soil education and garden-fresh food samples. Field to Family’s programs also include Local Food Finder and Community Food System Education.
Geyer’s Oven gathers people around wood-fired ovens to eat pizza made with ingredients gathered from our farm and community. Now also offering ice cream from WW Homestead Dairy.
Grow: Johnson County is a collaborative hunger-relief and food gardening education project addressing food insecurity through local food production and education. GJC takes place on two-acres of the historic Johnson County Poor Farm in Iowa City, IA. The project’s goal is to combat food insecurity and promote health countywide by growing food exclusively to be donated to local hunger-relief agencies and by teaching practical gardening and food production skills to those with limited knowledge or resources.
At Hy-Vee, we understand our customers desire for fresh, local products. That’s why we created the Hy-Vee Homegrown program. When you see the Hy-Vee Homegrown logo, you can have confidence that the produce was grown within 200 miles of that store.
Iowa Valley Food Co-op is a direct-to-consumer cooperative of producer and consumer members in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. IVFC is a web-based cooperative that was founded in 2011 where consumers can order products directly from area farmers and other local businesses. IVFC acts as a facilitator, providing a marketplace for all types of local producers, processing orders and payments, and facilitating delivery to consumer members. IVFC has pick up spots in Cedar Rapids at Matthew 25 and at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City.
Created by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors as a volunteer advisory council to improve dialogue and discussion and provide necessary advice on food and agriculture issues. The Council addresses food system issues in the county, including the development of the Council’s Governing Principles and strategic goals, data-gathering, research projects, and policies to address food system issues.
Lettuce Feed Others is a community garden outreach project sponsored by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. The primary purpose of the garden is to grow local, fresh, organic food for the clients who are served by the Johnson County Crisis Center food bank. A secondary purpose is to promote and encourage community members to learn gardening skills.
Owner and Head Chef Kyle Sieck will have information on hand regarding his recent work to build a home-based commercial kitchen in a residential area. Kyle’s kitchen is available for anyone interested in having access to a clean, certified food space.
Since 1999, Local Foods Connection has purchased produce, bread, eggs, meat and other products from local earth-friendly farms and has donated these goods to families who cannot afford such nutritious, tasty and fresh food. We also provide opportunities for families to visit farms and to learn healthy cooking techniques. Our mission is to enhance eastern Iowa’s sustainable food system by making it more accessible to families and individuals with limited means. We aim to increase the opportunities for these community members to enjoy fresh, healthy food, connect with local farmers, and expand their skills and knowledge of cooking and nutrition. Our vision is a local sustainable food system that is accessible to everyone.
Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) works to build a food system focused on local and traditional foods to support the health and well-being of the Meskwaki Nation. Our mission is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways. The mission of the Meskwaki Nation is, ‘To provide those conditions and resources, on a continual basis, that allows the Meskwaki to survive as a viable people and culture.’ Strengthening the community’s food system supports the Tribe’s commitment to this mission in a meaningful and sustainable way. Improving Meskwaki food sovereignty by increasing access to local and traditional food empowers community members to solve issues related to health and the environment and create new opportunities for economic growth.
North Liberty Community Pantry Growing Together Garden
The Growing Together Garden is a community funded project created to increase access and consumption of locally grown, fresh foods through education and demonstration. The Garden hosts educational activities that teach skills related to gardening, produce storage, and garden to table cooking. These classes are open to the anyone in the community and provide opportunities for all to learn new skills and embrace volunteering in service of others. Individuals, groups, and families maintain the Garden space throughout the growing season and learn about gardening while volunteering.
The Garden provides an additional source of fresh, local produce for the families using the North Liberty Community Pantry services, complementing the services and expanding the services of food, toiletries, and clothing provided.
Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign driven by Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. The policies that shape our food system influence our health, our environment, and our economy. Together, we’re calling on the next President to take bold action for a food system that rewards farmers and farming practices that protect our environment, that provides dignity and fair wages to workers, and ensures that all Americans have access to healthy food that they can afford.
Wild Woods Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm utilizing organic practices to produce local vegetables for Iowa City and the surrounding area. Wild Woods seeks to cultivate produce that tastes good, has a story & promotes community. Fresh produce delivered June through November. Pickup sites in Iowa City, Solon and the farm, just 2 miles from town.
Wilson’s Orchard is a beautiful valley farm located just outside of Iowa City. We’re dedicated to providing some of the most flavorful and nutritious apple varieties grown, as well as family fun. Take a hike around the orchard and pick your own apples, or enjoy a trailer ride on the weekends and grab yourself some apples pre-picked in our retail barn. To grow our apples we use a low-spray, integrated pest management program that maintains the environmental integrity of the orchard and ensures every apple is picked at its peak for an apple that’s full of flavor.
If you are interested in being a part of the Local Food Fair or in Field to Family’s annual Local Foods Festival in some way, please contact Michelle Kenyon.