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This Week at the Freight House Farmers' Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Freight House Farmers' Market   
Friday, 16 August 2013 15:27

The Market Can Save You Cash

Here are some tips to making the most of the market.

Buy what's in season. For example sweet corn is now widely available from many vendors. Prices generally are affected by the availability.  

Buy in bulk, many vendors will sell you a box, a bushel or by the dozen for less.

Some vendors have blemished items that are great for canning, freezing or putting in your favorite recipes often at a great discount.

Some vendors sell ripe and ready to eat for that day.  At the end of the day they often will bundle those items at a better price.

Watch the prices.  In the store you generally pay by the pound and at the market often items are priced by the pint, quart or each.  A pound of peaches is generally only one xlarge peach in the store and  might be $2.49 per pound so 5 peaches might be $12.45 in the store. Compare to a quart that has 5 peaches at the Market  at $4.00 makes them only 80 cents each a savings of $8.00!

When it comes to your health and family knowing what you eat and where it comes from is PRICELESS!

Don't want to carry all of your items to the car?  We have both shopping carts and produce wagons to help you shop and transport them to your car.  Be sure to leave them at the market for others to use.

Plenty of parking available!

Parking during the Market.

The Freight House west parking lots can be accessed by taking River Drive to Western, or Gains from either the east or west, or you may also park directly North of the Freight House in the Community Health lot.

News Releases - Food & Dining
Written by Andrew Wheeler   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 11:35

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Aug. 13, 2013– Justin Palmer of Winterset was crowned the 2013 Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest winner.  Palmer beat out 51 other grillers, representing counties from around the state, to win the 50th annual competition.  The annual Iowa Farm Bureau-sponsored contest featured outdoor chefs using their best grilling, roasting and smoking techniques.  “Every year, we are amazed at the competitiveness and creativity of Iowa’s grillers. Each recipe has been tested and tasted and each one brings out the different qualities and traits of each type of meat,” said Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill.  “Iowa’s livestock producers are so proud to raise healthy livestock that provide important sources of protein and inspiration for cooks like the ones at our annual contest.”

Cookout Contest champion, Palmer, won first place in the beef category before being selected by the judges as the overall winner.  He received $200, a crown and a permanent trophy as the 2013 Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest Champion.

Other first place winners and their categories were: Helen Schubert of Clarion, lamb; Luke Spencer of Logan, pork; Ashley Hanson of Kamrar, poultry; Sara Cronk of Toledo, turkey; and Gene Petersen of Vinton, combo/speciality.  All winners received $75.

Second place winners and their categories were: Andy Grein of Wesley, beef; Bruce Campbell of Marshalltown, lamb; Andy Wilson of Salem, pork; Tracy Christeson of Exira, poultry; Nate Miller of Davenport, turkey; and Mary Weisinger of Ft. Madison, combo/specialty.  All second place winners received $50.

Winners in special categories were youth first place – Trenton McDonald of Hamilton and youth second place – Andrea Greve of Harlan; showmanship – Bruce Campbell of Marshalltown; and team – John Sellman of Alburnett, Chad Meyer of Cedar Rapids and Scott Bahmann of Vinton.  The youth winner received a gas grill and $75 and second place received $50 as prizes from the Iowa Propane Association.  The showmanship winner received $100.  The team winners received $150.

Prize sponsors for the Cookout Contest include: the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Farm Bureau Financial Services, GROWMARK, Inc., Iowa Propane Gas Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the Iowa Turkey Federation and the Iowa Poultry Association, and the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board.


Shrimp Corndog Wins Iowa State Fair New Food Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:12

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2013)(readMedia)-- The Shrimp Corndog took top honors in the New Food Contest at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. The tasty new treat bested two other finalists after receiving over 75 percent of the votes. The winning dish will be available throughout the Fair, August 8-18.

The champion corndog offers a new twist on a Fair classic with three fresh shrimp dipped in corndog batter, fried to golden perfection and topped with a sweet jalapeno glaze. Fairgoers can find the savory snack at the Po Boy Stand on Rock Island Avenue.

Leslie Soukup will receive an official Iowa State Fair plaque and a year's worth of bragging rights for her winning entry.

The two other finalists, the Strawberry Smoothie On-a-stick and Bacon Wrapped Riblet, will also be available throughout the Fair at Turkey Time Concessions and Doc's Bud Tent, respectively.

Entries in the New Food Contest were open to all Fair concessionaires. Prior to the start of the Fair, the three finalists were chosen based on taste/flavor, presentation/appearance, creativity/originality and value. Fairgoers were invited to vote for their favorite finalist during the first four days of the Fair.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Win Free Groceries for a Year Through America Needs Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:10

Iowa Farm Bureau, University of Iowa Athletics Department and Hy-Vee Team Up for the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – August 13, 2013 – The state’s largest general farm organization, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), today launched the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway in partnership with the University of Iowa Athletics Department and Hy-Vee. The grocery sweepstakes invites Iowans to meet today’s farmers through video tours of their farms and register for a chance to win free groceries for a year worth $5,000.

Iowans can register for a chance to win by visiting and taking virtual farm tours; each video they watch earns an entry in the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway while giving them an up close and personal look at five Iowa farm families.  Website visitors can register with each of the five farmers each day of the sweepstakes, which kicked off today, Farm Bureau Day at the Iowa State Fair, and runs until noon October 31, 2013.

The web-based farm video tours feature five diverse Iowa family farmers who grow corn or soybeans and raise pigs, beef or dairy cows.  “We’re excited to be a part of this because as a family farmer, I believe in the value of transparency and education; most people who enjoy beef today don’t live on a farm, but they want to know how we farm, how we raise our animals and how we keep them safe and healthy. It matters a lot.  I host farm tours, but I know not everyone has the time or opportunity to see a farm for themselves, so this is a great way to bring that farm experience right to them.  It’s one way to show who we are, what we do and why it’s all so important to do the right thing by our land, our community and our livestock,” says David Rydberg, a cattle rancher from Essex, who is one of the featured farmers in the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway.

Following the sweepstakes, one lucky winner will be chosen at random for $5,000 in free groceries from their local Hy-Vee.

To meet more Iowa farmers and learn about how your food is grown and raised, visit


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at

August 19th Juice Veggies Health Blair Road Community Garden Tour 6:30 pm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DeeNice the Digital Dynamo   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:06
Juice Veggies Meetup
Special: Field Trip To the Juice Veggies Health Garden
DeeNice's Garden Plot (next to the Animal Rescue League)
Blair Rd NW & Oglethorpe St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Juice Veggies Meetup
Click Here to Get A Sneak Peek At
DeeNice Giving A Wild Tour of Her Garden
(Spoiler Alert - She Dances at the End of the Video)
Special: Field Trip To the Juice Veggies Health Garden
DeeNice's Garden Plot (next to the Animal Rescue League)
Blair Rd NW & Oglethorpe St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Monday, August 19th
Create, Grown & Harvest My Garden (Field Trip)
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
$10.00 per person
Mark Your Calendar For Upcoming Dates:
Monday, September 16
Monday, October 14th
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