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Cooking Local This Winter: Tips & Recipes for Busy Households

Event Details

November 11, 2014 5:30 PM — October 30, 2014 7:30 PM
Location: Galley C
900 Jackson St. Ste 113 (Cradco Building)
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Contact Name: Carolyn Scherf
Email: cscherf@iastate.edu
Phone: 563 583 6496
Website: dubuquefood.coop

Event Description

On November 11th , The Dubuque Food Co-Op will host local foods & nutrition educators from Project Concern and Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach at Gallery C (900 Jackson St Ste 119) for a community conversation and cooking class on creating healthy, homemade meals this winter using seasonal produce.

The event will be free to Co-Op members and SNAP card holders, and $5 for the general public.

“The average American grocery store now carries over 45,000 different products – a small fraction of which are whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that a lot of people don’t know what to do with an acorn squash, or beets, or what a rutabaga is… But as more is revealed about the hidden health and environmental costs of convenience foods, the more people are becoming interested in learning how to cook with fresh, local ingredients.” – Carolyn Scherf, Local Food Coordinator, Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach

The evening’s conversation will focus on understanding what local produce is “in season” during the winter, understanding “local” and “organic” labels, and making the most of a tight budget. Americorps Vista Megan Martin, housed at Project Concern, will demonstrate how to prepare several affordable seasonal dishes, and participants will enjoy plenty of delicious samples!

Community members will also hear about how area vegetable farmers are using season extension equipment, and otherwise expanding their ability to produce vegetables for the local market.

The class is just one in a series being developed by a network of community members and organizations to promote health equity in Dubuque by reducing barriers to healthy behaviors.


RSVP not required, but encouraged. Email Local Foods Coordinator Carolyn Scherf at cscherf@iastate.edu or call Dubuque County Extension at 563-583-6596.