Plastic Free Produce Storage

By |2021-04-21T11:55:10-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

HELPFUL TIPS FOR EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOUR PRODUCE • Make sure not to mix fruits & veggies Fruits emit ethylene as they ripen; pairing them with veggies will result in premature spoilage. • Keep produce cool Low temps slow the rate of respiration, which in turn keeps the item fresher, longer. • Avoid [...]

Evergreens for Sale at the Co-op!

By |2020-11-30T13:25:23-05:00November 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

We're selling Christmas Trees at the Co-op! Oneota Slopes Farm - your Christmas Tree Grower:  Located in Decorah, Iowa, Andy, Emily Johnson and their three daughters grow 10 acres of pine, spruce and fir trees along the slopes of Northeast Iowa. After living in Georgia for a few years, Andy and Emily returned to [...]

May Produce Parable

By |2019-05-24T10:09:19-05:00May 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

By Adam Calder, Produce Manager Much like a mighty thunderstorm, spring has rolled across the plains, and in its wake the land has come alive once again. The trees have all their leaves, the flowers are blooming, the birds sing and the bunnies are bouncing. This cool, wet spring weather is helping Lee’s Greens [...]

Local Spring Seedlings

By |2019-04-24T13:25:42-05:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

April 2019 Produce Parable By Adam Calder Spring is being welcomed with open arms here at Wheatsfield Cooperative.  After such an icy, cold and all around brutal winter we are so very appreciative of our local seedling farmers.  Onion Creek Farm right here in Ames and Wabi Sabi Farm in Granger have been quite [...]

February 2019 Produce Parable

By |2019-02-26T10:45:26-05:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Finding and Following Your Passion By Adam Calder I recently attended a luncheon hosted by the Young Professionals of Ames where Iowa State University Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Dresser gave a speech about finding and following your passions in life. Dresser opened up his speech with a little humor about what inspired him to become [...]

Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium

By |2019-01-23T14:11:47-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

January 2019 Produce Parable By Adam Calder The Iowa State University Sustainable Agriculture graduate program recently reached out to me to see if I was interested in discussing my role in procuring local food for the Ames and Iowa community. I eagerly agreed to be part of a panel discussion on local food procurement and [...]

Romaine Update

By |2018-12-12T17:54:07-05:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

December 2018 Produce Parable By Adam Calder, Produce Department Manager December 11, 2019 The past couple of weeks have been trying ones for fans of romaine lettuce. Due to a multi-state outbreak of e-coli the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advised all consumers to stop eating field-grown romaine and advised all stores and restaurants to [...]

November Produce Parable

By |2018-11-14T15:21:09-05:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

By Adam Calder, Produce Manager Iowa autumn produce is abundant at Wheatsfield this November.  If you need squash for pies, soups, roasting or casseroles we have got you covered.   The department has some great spaghetti, acorn, delicata, buttercup and butternut squashes from One Step at a Time Gardens in Kanawha, IA.  If you are going [...]

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