LEE COUNTY – The 2018 Live Healthy Lee County Local Food Guide is ready to assist you and your family on where to find fresh, locally grown produce; restaurants that use fresh, local foods; grocery stores that sell fresh, local foods; food pantries who accept locally grown food donations; senior meal sites; and farmers markets where they can buy from local growers.
This is the fourth year for the guide which continues to grow.
“Every year we have a new producer or a new restaurant to add to the guide which is exciting to see,” said Emily Biddenstadt, Lee County Health Department Community Outreach Coordinator. “Plus this year we have a new Produce Box Project for those local growers who might have extra to donate.”
The Produce Box Project has a focus on providing access to fresh produce to seniors. The yellow boxes are located at seven locations around the county: Southview Housing (Donnellson), Heritage Center (Keokuk), Hillview Village (Fort Madison), Mississippi Terrace (Keokuk), Newberry Center (Fort Madison), Park View Apartments (West Point), and River Terrace (Keokuk). Produce donations can be left in the community rooms of these locations. “We still encourage everyone to donate extra produce to the food pantries,” adds Biddenstadt. “We are all working together to try to increase the access of fresh produce.”
The guide also provides a “Quick List” which is a graph of who sells what along with each producer’s address, contact information, and hours. The restaurants listed make dishes and specials using locally grown food when in season. Along with the days and times of the farmer’s markets it is also indicates which ones have stands that accept WIC and Senior FMNP.
LHLC would like to thank Fort Madison and Keokuk Hy-Vee stores, Pilot Grove Savings Bank, The Scotts Miracle Grow Company, and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for sponsoring the LHLC Local Food Guide.
Lee County Local Food Guides can be found all over the county. Copies are located at all the businesses in the guide plus Fort Madison Partners Office, Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, ISU Extension and Outreach, Fort Madison Community Hospital, UnityPoint Health – Keokuk, and Lee County Health Department. A downloadable version can be found on the Live Healthy Lee County website, www.livehealthyleecounty.org. Or if you would like a copy mailed to you please call (319)372-5225 or (800)458-6672.