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Sempre Famiglia

  By Jeff Pitts   Italian sausage is usually pork sausage that stands out for being flavored with a distinct seasoning, often consisting of fennel or anise. Most Italian sausages are hot, sweet or mild. Generally the main distinction between the types is the amount of hot red pepper flakes. Graziano Brothers Italian Foods grocery […]

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THE PRODUCER – Many reasons to celebrate

By Eleni Upah For some people, coffee is a daily routine that’s not to be skipped — a means for starting each day on the right note. For others, it’s a total way of life. The latter is true for George Rivera-Davis and Jan Davis, the owners of Grounds for Celebration. The couple started their […]

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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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