preserve the taste of summer logo Preserve the Taste of Summer
February, 9, 2021

Love that fresh garden produce but have more than you can eat? Preserve it! It’s not difficult, but you do need to follow safe methods. You’ll learn how to can, freeze, and dry foods safely at home in this introductory course.  While the weather is cold and you are dreaming of your summer garden, take some time to learn about preserving your harvest.

swarm of bees on a tree trunk, bees bearding and swarming around a hive Honey Bee Swarming Season
April, 30, 2020

In the spring, bee swarms are a phenomenon that you may come upon.  You may hear a loud humming/buzzing before you see them... and when you see them there's often thousands of bees hanging off a tree limb in a big ball.  Here's what you need to know and do when you see a swarm:

hands removing seedlings - thinning root crops, radish seedlings in a garden bed with video play button Growing Perfectly Spaced Radishes
April, 7, 2020

Radishes are one of the most satisfying spring crops a gardener can grow.  You can seed them thickly and thin them to the proper spacing, or you can make a seed tape!

Seed potatoes cut into pieces Time to Plant Potatoes!
April, 2, 2020

Now's the time to plant potatoes in your garden!  Here's some information on how to prepare seed potatoes for planting.

Ink drawing of a Thanksgiving dinner table Eating Local for the Holidays
November, 14, 2019

Looking to eat local for the holidays?  Here's a listing of Southeast Iowa producers who will have products available for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Meller Orchard signs and owner Carl Meller, Apple Tree Orchard caramel apples, map to farm & owner Marcia Rich Celebrating Apple Month
October, 8, 2019

October is Apple Month, and we would like to celebrate the apple producers in Southeast Iowa!  

Make sure you stop out and support your local apple farmer this month!

demonstrating small melon varieties that were trellised in a high tunnel, Peach trees growing in a high tunnel, close up of hops buds, hops growing up a line Fruit & Vegetable Field Day at ISU
August, 13, 2019

On August 5th, we attended the Fruit & Vegetable Field Day at the ISU Horticulture Research Station and learned about the various horticulture-related research that is happening this year.

Farmers Market Tips
July, 26, 2019

EatFreshSEI went to visit the Keokuk Farmer's Market to gather the best farmers market tips for all of you!

blueberries "Berry" Excited about Blueberry Month
July, 2, 2019

Head out to a local berry farm this summer to celebrate blueberry month!

Jones Family Farm Sign Interested in a CSA? Check out Jones Family Farm!
June, 20, 2019

Do you know what a CSA is?  It stands for community supported ag and the Jones Family Farm began theirs for the first time this summer.