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La Quercia is a family business with humble beginnings in the Eckhouse home back in 2000. It opened its current facility in Norwalk in 2005.

THE PRODUCER – Only the best for (and from) La Quercia

By Eleni Upah In the business of food, when your product only contains two ingredients, quality is king. The owners of La Quercia, a producer of handcrafted cured meats, knew that from the beginning and have devoted their lives to creating only the highest-quality products. Herb and Kathy Eckhouse spent three-and-a-half years living in Italy, […]

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cultured chicks

THE PRODUCER – Home of cultured chicks

By Bri Levandowski   The barn is her favorite place to be. Though she says winter is the best time to be there, even in the heat of an Iowa summer, Mary Hillman, her chickens and her ducks enjoy doing their job on the 100-year-old farm, listening to NPR and classical music. She calls it […]

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Cleverly Farms takes pride in bringing fresh, new produce to many
tables in the state of Iowa.

THE PRODUCER – From farm to table

By Ashley Buckowing What is more true to Iowa than a hard-working family starting a farm business that has been around for decades? Outside of breaded pork loin sandwiches and strawberry shortcake, not too much. Larry Cleverley at Cleverley Farms holds the ideal American dream. Moving back to Iowa from New York City (and a […]

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New Horizon Cuisine is a manufacturing company specializing in delivering
high-quality, fresh ingredients to large food companies and restaurants.

THE PRODUCER – It All Starts With Stock

By Eleni Upah The key to a robust, flavorful soup or stew lies at the base, which means using a good stock. The liquid base is made by simmering animal bones, meat, seafood or vegetables in water — or sometimes wine — to pull out the rich flavors. Though it is little more than 3 […]

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Pizza Ranch has its roots in the small town of Hull, Iowa, but people throughout the nation know and love it.

THE PRODUCER- Pizza Ranch: From small towns to big states

By Eleni Upah Small Iowa towns are often left forgotten and underappreciated. But if you do a little research, you’ll find some of their histories have made big impacts on both the state and the nation. Hull, Iowa, is one of those towns. Its population hovers closer to the 2,000 mark than the 3,000, but […]

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