Pop-Up Farmers Market at Winegard

Submitted by mhoenig on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 13:32

In collaboration with Great River Corporate Wellness, the Eat Fresh Southeast Iowa team (ISU Rising Star interns) organized a Pop-Up Farmers Market at Winegard in Burlington on July 17, 2018.  Winegard employees were encouraged to visit the market during their breaks or after their shifts were over - the event allowed them easy access to farm fresh foods, the opportunity to try recipes made with seasonal produce, and the chance to learn more about where/how they can access local foods.

The Farms

Gerst Family Gardens- sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, green beans, and lots more!  

Jones' Family Farm - multicolored cherry tomatoes, squash, mini cantaloupe, and market baskets

Homestead 1839 - flowers, squash, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers

Activites & Recipes:

The smoothie blender bike made an appearance at the market - and we served Blueberry and Canteloupe Smoothies made with locally sourced products.  We used blueberries harvested from a nearby U-pick farm, cantaloupe from Montrose, and honey from Danville.  

The gals from Great River Corporate Health handed out samples of Watermelon Salsa, another great way to savor the flavors of the season!

Blueberry Cantaloupe & Hemp heart Smoothie

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

    2 cups cantaloupe

    1 cup plain yogurt

    ½ cup hemp hearts

    6 ice cubes (not necessary if berries are frozen)

    1 – 2 tablespoons honey (optional)

    Add all of the ingredients to a blender.  Puree until smooth and serve cold.  If you are taking it to go, smoothies travel well in an insulated thermos.  If the mixture is too thick, add a little water to help it blend up smoothly.

    Any berries will be a good substitute if you do not have blueberries.  Blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are all good choices.

Watermelon Salsa

  • 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon

    2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

    1/3 c. chopped cilantro

    ¼ c. lime juice

    ¼ c. minced red onion

    ¼ tsp. salt (optional)

    Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl. Stir well to combine.  Season with salt (optional). Serve at room temperature or chilled.

market tents set up at WIinegard facotry in West Burlington