Rising Star Interns
Every summer since 2017, we have hosted three Rising Star interns from Iowa State University to help with local food promotional efforts. Over the last few years, our interns have created local food promotional materials - including posters, stickers, shopping bags, videos, local food directories and helped to develop our website.
The Rising Stars also spend a good portion of their summers in southeast Iowa providing outreach in the community about local foods. They have set up at farmers markets, summer feeding sites, summer schools, county fairs and community events in Lee, Louisa, Des Moines and Henry Counties offering samples of local foods and encouraging folks to try new things and pay a bit more attention to where their food comes from.
Check out some of the things that they've done and videos that they've created at our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnv2TDcBuEWIIanw8b8pUHA
Eating Local Food
Looking for a healthy recipe for the local food you've purchased? Check out these websites for some quick and easy recipes, and information about how to select, wash, and store your locally-produced fruits and veggies.
Listed below are some of our favorite recipes from these resources. The Rising Star Interns have found all of these recipes to be versatile, simple and they got great reviews from the public (young and old) while they were doing local foods outreach in Southeast Iowa.
Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables are a great method to incorporate local vegetables into meals as a side dish. Feel free to use any in-season local vegetable, such as broccoli, radishes, cauliflower, carrots, and onions. Check out your local farmers market for delicious in-season vegetables https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/easy-roasted-veggies/
Fruit Salsa: This is a great way to incorporate local fresh fruit into your diet throughout the summer. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries would be great additions when the fruit is in-season for Iowa. https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/fruit-salsa/
Smoothie Recipe: The smoothie recipe is a great way to incorporate fresh fruit into your diet, and serves as a cool and refreshing treat. You can incorporate fresh blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries into this smoothie. https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/berry-and-greens-smoothies/
Fresh Vegetable Dip: You can buy any fresh, local vegetable such as cauliflower, cucumber, or peppers and dip them into this excellent vegetable dip as a healthy alternative to ranch. https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/vegetable-dip/