I just spotted this article about the Iowa Food Coop, and I noticed that our honey is on the shelves getting sorted for orders There are a few honey containers visible in the image. We hoped for their success when this initiative launched, and it seems to have gone quite well. Here’s the article in the Des Moines Register.
(General manager Gary Huber sorts dry goods for Iowa Food Cooperative members at the IFC storefront near Merle Hay Mall. / Andrea Melendez/The Register)
I’ve never been to their main location in Des Moines since I don’t do honey deliveries in Central Iowa (Alex and Phil keep busy supplying the area), but it has been great to see and hear about this online effort gaining traction. It essentially provides a convenient way to purchase local foods at low prices without having to live near a brick-and-mortar coop/grocery. Check out the Iowa Food Coop.
The coop is a result of initiative growing from the Practical Farmers of Iowa, which is another great organization I’ll have to do a blog about. For now, here is the PFI website. They have developed regional expertise and provide a lot of guidance for people interested in starting to produce food, even if that person lacks any background in agriculture.