UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education to Participate in Hosting the Cedar Valley Local Food Fair

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Learn about fresh, local foods, farms and great recipes at the Cedar Valley Local Food Fair on March 15 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Grout Museum District, 503 South St., Waterloo. Meet Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers and learn about their farms. Sample scrumptious recipes that can be made at home, try fun food activities and learn how to find fresh, local food right here in the Cedar Valley. The event is free admission and is open to the public.

Featured events include: “Tiny But Mighty Popcorn,” examine ancient heirloom popcorn grown in Shellsburg, Iowa; “FRED; Food & Resource Education Demonstration Program,” learn how to cook local foods and get the recipe; “Food Preservation Techniques,” find resources about canning and other food preservation techniques to eat local food all year long.

Also, for $1.00, participants can try to make their own butter using local Hansen’s Dairy Cream at “Make Your Own Butter;” watch a television series at “‘Iowa Ingredients’ in the Museum’s Theatre” that explores farms, restaurants and ingredients that make Iowa food uniquely Iowan; tour the Grout Museum’s exhibit “It’s Not Your Grandparents Farm, Or Is It?.”

Booths will also be available to visit from Hy-Vee, University of Northern Iowa Local Food Program, F.R.E.D. (The Food & Resource Education Demonstration Program,) Blue Zones, Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, ISU Extension and Outreach, Hansen’s Dairy, Northern Iowa Shrimp, Timber Ridge Bison and Farmers Markets.

The event is hosted by the Cedar Valley CSA Farmers, UNI’s Center for Energy & Environmental Education and the Grout Museum District. Event parking is located under the Highway 218 overpass.

The CSA is a direct partnership between consumers and local farmers. A consumer becomes a member of a CSA by purchasing a share in a farm’s harvest, which helps cover the year’s operating costs. In return for that investment, he or she receives fresh produce or other goods all season long. Currently, there are seven participating farms in the Cedar Valley.