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 Men's Health Week June 13- 19

"When it comes to food, America has been sold a bill of goods. We’ve been flimflammed, bamboozled, hoodwinked. We’ve been tricked into thinking that cooking is a chore, like washing windows, to be avoided if at all possible, and then done only grudgingly and when absolutely necessary. On the contrary, cooking is a vital, spiritual act that should be performed with a certain reverence. After all, we are providing sustenance to the ones we love — can anything be more important?"  
- Chef Kurt Michel Freize, Iowa City, IA

Father's Day is this Sunday! A time to honor all the dads and father-figures in our lives. Leading up to father's day is National Men's Health Week - a time to take action to be healthy and safe and encourage men and boys in your life to make their health a priority.  

One way men and boys can make health a priority is to take part in prepping & planning meals. A 2007 study by the USDA ERS reported that despite the fact that women are moving into the labor force in greater proportions, the tradition persists that women tend to do more cooking and household work than men. According to Who Has Time to Cook: How Family Resources Influence Food Preparation:
  • Women still spend nearly 3x more time in food preparation 
  • Men are less likely to be involved in planning or preparing family meals.  In households with both female & male household heads, less than 30% of male respondents report any involvement in either planning or preparing family meals, whereas at least 90% of females reported involvement with these tasks.

Why should men cook?
Like Iowa Chef Kurt Michael Friese (co-owner of the local food magazine Edible Iowa River Valley and Iowa City based farm-to-table restaurant Devotay) says: "We are providing sustenance to the ones we love — can anything be more important?" 
Research has shown shared meals nourish mind, body, and soul. Many men and women who've made the effort to schedule meals when most or all members can be present experience better communication, stronger family bond, shared learning & improved nutrition.  Cooking meals gives you the chance to control ingredients and serving sizes and can save you money since on average it costs at least twice as much to eat out as to prepare a meal at home. 
Celebrate Men's Health Week by renewing your commitment to your health and preparing a meal yourself and the people you love!  

Tips for Planning Meal Time
Remember, family meals do not have to happen daily. Even a meal together once a week can be beneficial to your health & well-being. Iowa State University's Spend Smart Eat Smart website has a number of helpful resources on planning and shopping seasonally & locally plus tons of healthy recipes to get you started! Click the links below

Reduce your food expenses by planning before you shop.

Get tips to find nutritious items and save money. 

More Resources: 
Family Meal Time Discussion Cards for Download
Say Yes to Family Meals
Words on Wellness
Link to resources for healthy living and eating for families
Family Meals: More than just eating together
Link to creating meals from what you have on hand
More Tips for Men's Health
Living the bachelor life? Take charge of your own eating habits this week. Here are a few tips based on the USDA's 10 Tips for Men's Health to get you started: 

Tip #1: Magic foods do not exist  There’s no magic food or way to eat. There are some foods men need to eat such as vegetables; fruits; whole grains; protein foods like eggs or lean meats; and dairy. You’ll get nutrients you need for good health―including magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, fiber, and protein. Find fresh whole foods & support local farmers by shopping at the Farmers' Market Saturday morning downtown or Monday night at East Mill Bakeshop..

Tip #2: Get beyond survival cooking  Start cooking more often! Try steaming vegetables, roasting a chicken, and making a tasty veggie sauce for spaghetti from scratch. Eating your own home-cooked meals allows you to control what and how much you eat. O'Connell Organic Acres has free-range organic chicken available at the Saturday Farmers' Market .
Tip #3: If it’s there, you’ll eat it  Keep healthy foods in your kitchen that need little preparation. Stock up on seasonal vegetables like asparagus, spinach, lettuce, and radishes & make healthy salads throughout the week. You can find other staples like dry & canned beans, carrots, potatoes and seafood at Dubuque Food Co Op or The Food Store, as well as local meats including grass-fed beef, chicken and pork raised outdoors. Some local farmers like Tom Arnold at Arnolds Farm can also provide you with whole, half, and quarter animals to stock your freezer for around $6-7.00/lb. Stocking your fridge with fresh veggies, your cabinets with beans & whole grains and your freezer with healthy local meats is a good way to replace heating up a frozen pizza!

Do you have a favorite memory of your dad cooking?
Share it with us at @LocalFoodDBQ #FathersDay

Carolyn Scherf
Twitter @LocalFoodDBQ
Local Food Coordinator
Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach 
563 583 6496

Beginning this July: Get more fruits & vegetables when you spend your SNAP Card dollars at the Dubuque Farmers' Market. It’s easy with Double Up Food Bucks!  

Spend $10 from your SNAP Card we give you another $10 to buy fresh fruits & veggies grown in the Tri-State area!

“You mean I get that much food and the farmer gets all of that money? I like this. It feels like we’re helping each other.” — YMCA Farmers Market customer in Grand Rapids


Bring your SNAP Card
 to the Market Money booth on Iowa & 12th street Saturday morning before you shop. Market staff are there to run your SNAP card in exchange for Yellow SNAP tokens and Silver DUFB tokens for extra fruits & vegetables July - October.

Buy any SNAP-eligible foods
 at the market with your Yellow SNAP tokens.  

We’ll match what you spend
 with FREE Double Up Food Bucks â€“ up to $10, every Saturday. Use the silver tokens right away or later on to buy locally grown fruits & vegetables.

“It stretches my food budget. I don’t have to make the choice between bread and beets; I can get both.”

— Allen Street Farmers Market customer in Lansing

Why Now?
According to the The United Nations FAO: Food Security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Today in Dubuque over 12% of community members are considered food insecure, and over 29% are considered obese. When it comes to fresh fruit and vegetable consumption - the state of Iowa is now ranks dead last - 50th out of 50 states. For many people - the cost of fresh produce is the biggest barrier to consumption.

Get Involved - Join us and help spread the word! 
Healthcare providers, teachers, community organizations food pantry volunteers, and other passionate community members are important to help gett the word out about DUFB program to the families and individuals they serve. Contact Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach to get access to variety of informational handouts and other resources to encourage those you know to take advantage of this great program!

The 2016 Double Up Pilot program relies on a variety of funding sources from numerous partners, including corporate, private, and community foundation sources. Locally, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque has already pledged their support for the 2016 Market Season. More local support is needed. Given new USDA funding available though the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program to match dollar for dollar local funds raised, there is a unique opportunity for sponsors to broaden impact to more area families and farmers. To learn more about the three-year, statewide plan to  help 20,000 SNAP households in 25 communities access $750,000 of fruits and vegetables from over 400 local farms - Contact us!


ISU Extension & Outreach food safety specialists will be providing free agricultural water food safety testing for up to 100 hobby gardeners and very small fruit and vegetable producers in Iowa for an upcoming research project titled “Educating Iowans about the importance of water food safety when growing fruits and vegetables.”

To participate, three items are needed:

  1. Two samples of at least 500 mL of agricultural water in a sterile container (such as a specimen cup from a doctor's office or an unused, emptied water bottle)
  2. Indication of the use of this agricultural water (e.g., handwashing, drip irrigation, overhead irrigation, produce rinsing)
  3. Indication of the market the fruits and vegetables will be sold or given to (e.g., food pantry, grocer, restaurant, farmers market, hospital, school, etc.)

Those interested in participating should send these items with their contact information to Angela Shaw, 2312 Food Science Building, Ames, IA 50011. Click here for more information 

Jewish-American History Month: 
What is Kosher meat? 
Gain a basic understanding of Kosher & Halal Meat 

Asian Pacific Heritage Month 
From 2000-2010 Dubuque's Pacific Islander population increased by 312.3%. Though relatively new to the Dubuuqe area, when it comes to the food economy Pacific Islanders diets have been highly influenced by the U.S. since World War II when soldiers introduced "luxury foods" like Coke and ice cream to occupied territories. Learn more about the â€œinnocuous” foods of American democracy in the article â€œPlant a victory garden: our food is fighting”: Lessons of food resilience from World War


June 23: Johnson & Linn County Food System Tour

Sponsored by the Iowa Regional Food Systems Working Group 

The First Annual Regional Food Systems Working Group Field Day will be held June 23rd in the Iowa City/ Cedar Rapids area. Featuring visits to Johnson County Poor Farm, Matthew 25, Iowa Valley Food Co-op, Salt Fork Kitchen and several other local foods destinations

RFSWG is a statewide network maximizing the potential for community-based, economically sustainable, and environmentally and socially responsible food enterprises by supporting education, conducting research, and facilitating partnerships across Iowa. 


For more site information & registration CLICK HERE 


Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Guide Released 

Featuring over 40 field days across the state of Iowa with topics ranging from potted flowers to specialty corn.

PFI Field days bring farmers and the public together to learn, share knowledge and build a vibrant community of farmers and non-farmers working to strengthen farms and communities throughout Iowa. 
New Produce Stand to serve Dubuque's Northend beginning Tuesday June 28th & 29th
Produce Stand Hours 

Comiskey Park
Tuesday 5:30-8pm

Sutton Pool 
Wednesday 9:30am-12pm

Allison Mitchell, a nursing student at the University of Dubuque and 2016 Joseph & Linda Chlapaty Fellow has partnered with Micahel Breitbach, a local farmer at Hideaway Gardens to launch a new produce stand to serve Dubuque's Northend neighborhoods during the summer months. The stand will carry an assortment of fresh seasonal vegetables at reduced prices. 

Inspired by the work of Americorps VISTAs stationed at UNI's Local Foods Program throughout the summer, Allison will be researching the effects of increased access to fresh produce in Dubuque's north-end food desert. This project is supported in part by Sustainable Dubuque. Volunteer opportunities are available for those wishing to help harvest and sell produce. 3 $100 sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Those interested can contact Allison Mitchell at

WEDNESDAY JUNE 15 at 1:00PM with Angie Carter 

The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for June will be on Wednesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Angie Carter, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare at Augustana College. Carter is an environmental sociologist and an eighth generation Iowan. She studies the intersections of social change, community, and the environment.

Participate in the webinar to learn more about how we can reframe our work and conversations about conservation, and specifically about water quality, in our watersheds. What new methods of engagement or intervention might we use to create community and build new narratives around our shared values? Carter will share information about her recent research that studies women farmland ownership in Iowa.

Connect to the webinar, and view Iowa Learning Farms Archived Webinars & Podcasts Here


Driftless Farm Crawl
Saturday Sept. 10

Farm to Table Dinner
Sunday Sept. 11

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