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New Data Reflects the Continued Demand for Farmers Markets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:56
Three New USDA Directories Help Connect Consumers and Farmers through Local Food Opportunities

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo announced over the weekend that USDA's National Farmers Market Directory now lists 8,268 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. The data reflects continued demand and growth of farmers markets in every region of the country. Alonzo also announced that AMS is developing three new local food directories that will expand USDA's support for local and regional foods by providing easy access to the most current information about the local food market.

Alonzo made the announcements at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, Wisconsin, the country's largest producer-only market, where she kicked off the 15th annual "National Farmers Market Week", from Aug. 3 through Aug. 9, 2014.

"The National Farmers Market Directory numbers reflect the continued importance of farmers markets to American agriculture. Since its inception, the directory has proven to be a valuable tool for accessing up-to-date information about local farmers markets," Alonzo said. "Farmers markets play an extremely important role for both farmers and consumers. They bring urban and rural communities together while creating economic growth and increasing access to fresh, healthy foods."

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, available at, provides information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and much more. The data is collected via voluntary self-reporting by operating farmers market managers and is searchable by zip code, product mix, and other criteria. The National Farmers Market Directory receives over two million hits annually.

In addition to USDA's National Farmers Market Directory, AMS is adding:

USDA's National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Enterprise Directory - A CSA is a farm or network/association of multiple farms that offer consumers regular deliveries of locally-grown farm products during one or more harvest season(s) on a subscription or membership basis.

USDA's National Food Hub Directory - A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers, primarily local and regional producers, to strengthen the ability of these producers to satisfy local and regional wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

USDA's National On-Farm Market Directory - An On-Farm Market is a farm market managed by a single farm operator that sells agricultural and/or horticultural products directly to consumers from a location on their farm property or on property adjacent to that farm.

USDA invites local food business owners who fall within these categories to list their operational details in the new directories These new directories will be available online early in 2015, giving potential customers, business partners, and community planners easy, one-stop access to the most current information about different sources of local foods.

2014 Directory Highlights

According to USDA's 2014 National Farmers Market Directory, the states with the most farmers markets reported are California (764 markets), New York (638 markets), Michigan (339 markets), Ohio (311 markets), Illinois (309 markets), Massachusetts (306 markets), Pennsylvania (297 markets), Wisconsin (295 markets), Virginia (249 markets), and Missouri (245 markets). All geographic regions saw increases in their market listings, with the most growth in the South. The 10 states with the biggest increases in the numbers of farmers markets include Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Arkansas, North Carolina, Montana, Florida and Nebraska. Five of these states – Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and North Carolina – are part of USDA's StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity, where USDA has increased investment in rural communities through intensive outreach and stronger partnerships.

Farmers market development is a cornerstone of USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates the Department's policy, resources, and outreach efforts related to local and regional food systems. Secretary Vilsack has identified strengthening local food systems as one of the four pillars of USDA's commitment to rural economic development.


New Dinner Menu Starting Friday at Barley & Rye!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Lynn   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:48

Starting Friday August 1st Chef will be presenting a new dinner menu! This menu is going to be filled with some of the freshest ingredients from our local farmers. Each day we are having farmers deliver us fresh new products so make sure you come by this Friday so you can be one of the first to check out this menu.

About 2 weeks ago Chef Jared launched his new lunch menu! It has been met with great reviews! If you have not stopped in to try his brisket tacos, grilled cheese or his green chile hummus you are really missing out!

We are very excited to announce that Chef Jared will be at the East Moline Growers Market tomorrow, Wednesday July 30th, cooking for everyone! If you haven't had a chance to meet Chef Jared or try his food this is something you will not want to miss.  If for some reason you cannot make it to the East Moline Growers Market, Chef Jared will be at the Moline Growers Market on Saturday August 2nd. Times for both markets are 9-noon.  The East Moline Growers Market is held in the Skate City parking lot. The Moline Growers Market is held in the Unity Point parking lot at 7th Street and John Deere Road.

Chef is very happy to be partnering with Beautiful Bites Cupcakes to provide a smaller option for desserts here at Barley & Rye. These bite size bits of heaven have become one of the best sellers when it comes to desserts.  We always carry a variety of flavors some have been, red velvet, double chocolate, cookies n cream, lemon basil, banana split, carrot cake and that is just to name a few. So if  you love dessert but not a big portion just asked for a beautiful bits cupcake you will get 3 for $5.


Every Wednesday is Wine & Desserts Wednesday on our Patio.

Every Thursday is Bourbon & Cigar Night on our Patio.

September 3rd we are  having our Bent River Brewery Dinner.

Oct 29th we are having our Willet Bourbon Dinner

Keep a look out for the date of our Stone  Brewery Dinner.

News Releases - Food & Dining
Written by Jennifer Mital   
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:53

Creekside Vineyard Winery, while artisan in size, has proved its excellence in the 2014 Illinois Wine and MidAmerican Wine Competitions. In July both competitions release their results, and Creekside Vineyards earned high marks along wineries much older and larger than itself in the state and across the Midwest region. In the annual Illinois Wine Competition held at Lincoln land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, and in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, Iowa, Creekside Vineyards Winery was awarded the following medals:


Crooked Owl Corot Noir Gold Double Gold

Crooked Owl Corot Noir Silver: Food Pairing Grilled Sirloin Steak

First Kiss Marechal Foch Gold

Sundaze Seyval Blanc Gold Double Gold

Sundaze Seyval Blanc Gold: Food Pairing Baked Trout

Sweet Retreat Vignoles (*sweepstakes nominee*) Gold* Silver

“The quality of Midwestern wines continues to improve,” said Bob Foster, Director of the Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC). These are high quality wines that wine lovers should seek out and try.” The MidAmerican competition was held July 11-13 and included wines from 15 Midwestern states. Professional wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 100 Gold medals, 171 Silver medals, and 132 Bronze medals. Full results can be found at “This marks the eighth consecutive year of the MAWC and we have had the distinction of watching the local wine industry develop into a great representation of our region,” said Chief Judge Doug Frost of Kansas City. “The wine industry throughout the Midwest has evolved into tourist destinations, where wine enthusiasts visit local wineries. This helps the local economy and area wine industry.”

The Illinois Wine Competition was held June 16-18 and included 171 amateur entries and 257 commercial entries from across the state. Creekside Vineyards was one of six wineries in the state to receive multiple Double Gold medals. The competition is sponsored by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. Full results can be found at Bradley Beam, the Illinois state enologist and organizer of the contest, said, “The primary goal of this competition is to recognize the many outstanding wines produced in the state of Illinois. The number of medals awarded this year indicates that we, as an industry, are maintaining a very high degree of quality.”

Creekside Vineyards, in 2013 producing its fourth vintage on an artisan scale, is relatively new to the Illinois wine scene and uses predominately Illinois grapes from its own vineyard and other local partners. Winemaker John Mital has practiced viticulture and enology for over 10 years, beginning in Missouri and then relocating with his wife and son to his roots in the Quad Cities. John’s parents, Don and Bev, own and operate Creekside Vineyards Inn. Creekside Vineyards Winery is located on Highway 67 in Preemption, IL; its vineyards, bed and breakfast, and outdoor Wine Terrace are located at 7505 120th Avenue Coal Valley, IL. Creekside Vineyards also offers its wines at select Quad City IL retailers; to learn more, visit or call 309-787-WINE. “We hope these results help spread the word that the Midwest produces many fines,” comments owner and Marketing Director Jennifer Mital. “We are honored to play a role in this industry and take pride in playing a part in its growth and future success. The best part of the day is knowing our wines and venues add enjoyment to people’s lives. One doesn’t have to travel far to find a fine bottle of wine or the beautiful vineyard from which the grapes are grown.”

"Soul Food" Dinner TOMORROW at the Solid Rock Cafe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginger Busby   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:30

Join us on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 4pm until 7pm for a "Soul Food" dinner.

Cost is $6.00 per plate, served with your choice of lemonade or iced tea.

Our barista drinks and fresh fruit smoothies will be available at $3.00 each.

There will also be music for your soul!

For more information, please call 563-323-5295 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vegetarians on the rise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Recipedia   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:54

The percentage of consumers who identify themselves as vegans has increased from 1 percent in 2009 to 2.5 percent in 2012, according to a Harris Interactive poll. About double that number—5 percent of Americans—consider themselves vegetarians, not counting the added number of “flexitarians” who occasionally go meatless. With more people eating a plant-based diet all or part of the time, menus are offering a wider and more inspired selection of vegetarian and vegan choices

On-Trend Recipe - Farro Burger with Avocado
by Little Bear
Los Angeles

Veggie burgers have grown in scope and creativity over the years, as they’ve evolved into a more popular choice for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. At Little Bear, the kitchen blends farro with beans and mushrooms to form a patty that cooks and looks a lot like meat. The topping is vegan, too, composed of roasted red pepper, creamy avocado and aioli made with tofu.

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