Grinnell Heritage Farm – CSA  

Grinnell Heritage FarmCSA (Community Supported Agriculture) means local, fresh, often organic, produce delivered to you each week from May-October. Cristian and I “subscribe” to Grinnell Heritage Farms, run by Andrew and Melissa Dunham, Aunt Janet, and a lovely crew. If you are not sure about “investing” in a share right now, you can try their produce at the big Cedar Rapids Downtown Markets this summer.  641.236.4374

Your purchase is like buying “futures shares” in Grinnell Heritage Farms. It’s an opportunity to subscribe to the weekly harvest, and support local. Many of Andy’s seeds come from Seed Savers or his neighbors, the farm is inherited from the family, and they practice the most eco means of production in Iowa.

See their website for current pricing for Spring Share (4 weeks of May), Full Share (box of food June-Oct), Fall Share (box of food Aug-Oct, basically the last half of full share), and Winter Share (Nov & Dec). Produce is delivered Wed to 7 locations in Eastern Iowa, Thurs to 5 locations in Central Iowa, Sat at the Iowa City Market.

As Diane Northway reminds us, there is risk involved, as bad harvest means lighter loads, but that was not the case even the year of the flood. I cannot say enough good about the food…the quality, how clean it is, the really fresh, organic taste. Andy and Melissa’s food makes me happy to be in Iowa. Their brochure can be downloaded on their webpage, and you can always contact them with questions or concerns. Save money and time purchasing your summer produce or your winter holiday goodness through the Grinnell Heritage Farm CSA.

Grass-fed, Black Angus Beef & Honey – Ridgeview Farms, in Ely, Iowa

Rideview Farms supplies beef that is healthy for you. They, also, sell anti-oxidant-filled honey and many varieties of kolaches. Find their products at the Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market, or call them to see where they will be next: 319.848.4833.

Rehberg Pork – Natural, hormone, steroid, and antibiotic-free

Denny and Lea Rehberg grow happy, Hampshire pigs in Walker, Iowa. Even vegetarian Sayde wants everyone to know about Rehberg Pork.  You can find the Rehberg’s at the markets from May-October.

Please contact Lea in advance at 563-920-9887 or if you know what you need, and she’ll have your order ready for pick-up.

Free-Range Chickens & eggs

Dale and Margaret Suhr make it to the markets in Cedar Rapids from Calmar, Iowa, with frozen whole and pieced chickens, as well as free-range eggs, and lovely Norwegian desserts (lefse, kringla). Looking for their next day nearby? Call 563.382.4988, or