AMES, Iowa – Fall is the perfect season for apples and apple orchards. But what about crabapples? How do they differ from apples? Are they OK to eat? And which varieties are best to use? 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about crabapples and the best ways to enjoy them. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

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Place your order ahead of time and it will be available for pickup at the Greatest Grains Deli counter. Order for now or schedule a time for later!

DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative, a program focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure, joined forces with Hy-Vee Inc. to donate nearly 40,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Iowa. The donation, equivalent to nearly 160,000 servings, will help those fighting hunger across Des Moines and surrounding communities, where one in 175,000 Iowans are food insecure.

Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition educator for University of Illinois Extension, will go over the basics of canning including equipment, safe processing methods, and sources for reliable recipes. You'll also get practice canning with a red raspberry jam recipe. Light refreshments will be served upon arrival and there will be resources for everyone to take home.

The cost of this workshop is free but you must be registered in advance.

Come learn all about using a slow cooker, receive delicious recipes, food safety tips, and taste test some easy slow cooker dishes you can make at home! The workshop will be led by Kristin Bogdonas, University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator.

It is sponsored by the Rock Island County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE). The cost is $5 for public or $3 for HCE members. It will be held at the Port Byron Library from 1 - 2 pm.

The farm-to-fork movement (also known as farm-to-table) is all about strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers. On Sept.14, farmers, chefs, and consumers are invited to a University of Illinois field day to learn more.


Local designers will compete Tuesday for Hy-Vee’s top cake designer title

DAVENPORT, Iowa (Sept. 7, 2017) — Hy-Vee’s most creative cake designers from the Quad Cities area will compete Tuesday in front of spectators at NorthPark Mall in Davenport during the semifinal of Hy-Vee’s Extreme Cake Challenge. Winners will earn a trip to the finals of the companywide competition.

Event invites residents and visitors to experience local eateries statewide
September 6, 2017 (Des Moines, Iowa) — The inaugural Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week, happening September 15-24, encourages Iowans to travel to and dine in Main Street Iowa communities across the state.


Urbandale, Iowa (August 28, 2017) - Iowa's egg farmers celebrated another new record for eggs-on-a-stick at the recently completed Iowa State Fair.

A total of 162,576 eggs were handed out to fairgoers.  This breaks last year's record by almost 4,000 eggs!  This shows that egg-on-a-stick continues to be a fair favorite!

Experts Standing By to Answer Labor Day Weekend Grilling Questions

Labor Day is the last official grilling holiday of the summer, and LongHorn Steakhouse’s expert Grill Masters are on-hand to help guests prepare at home. For the third and final time this summer, at-home grillers can dial into the Grill Us Hotline for immediate help from grilling experts.