Fruits and Vegetables

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Like it or not, summer is nearly gone. But you don’t have to say goodbye to summer produce.

Iowa Winegrowers Association

Iowa's grape harvest is underway in many parts of the state and the news from the field is not good. State Viticulturist Mike White says a cold and wet spring destroyed many of the vines and production statewide could be down between 30 and 40 percent. He says " there are some spots like Dubuque that seem to be fairing  better, but mostly the cold damage is there and the yield is low."

History's Seeds

Aug 18, 2014
Chiot's Run

Most vegetable seeds today are bred by seed companies to be hearty and easy to grow. They’re created by cross-breeding different varieties and selecting for specific characteristics.

Heirloom seeds are different. Like your grandmother’s engagement ring or a dusty old photo album, these seeds have been passed down through generations.

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Farmers' markets are hopping, CSA boxes are full to bursting, and gardens all over the state are starting to produce, but sometimes a bumper crop can be hard to handle. 

A Taste of Iowa Summer

Mar 20, 2014
IPR's Pat Blank

A first of its kind facility in Marshalltown is bringing a taste of Iowa summer to dinner tables.  Iowa Choice Harvest frozen sweet corn and apples have been available in a few grocery stores in the central part of the state, but in April, all 107 Fareway stores will feature the products.  Iowa Choice Harvest is a group of 30 farmers who have invested in the company to have Iowa grown fruits and vegetables available year round.   CEO Penny Brown Huber was able to secure a USDA grant to study how the market would react to a facility like theirs.

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One thing Midwesterns do better than everyone else (or at least claim to do better than everyone else) is bake pie.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Peggy Wolff, editor of the new book Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie about Midwestern cuisine, culture and of course pie.

Tejvan Pettinger

The rich yellows, oranges and reds of fall are dominant in the current October landscape, but it’s time to start thinking about the pinks, purples, and whites of Spring. 

Host Charity Nebbe sits down with  Iowa State University horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Denny Schrock. They discuss planning for planting bulbs of spring flower gardens, as fall is the perfect time to plant tulips and daffodils.

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Bailey Sweet, American Mother, Chieftain, Empire...there are many thousands of different kinds of apples in the world. And this year, Iowa apple growers are harvesting bumper crops. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk apple history, apples in Iowa, heirloom apples, and your favorites.

Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Paul Rasch, owner of Wilson’s Orchard in Iowa City, Dan Bussey, orchard manager for the Seed Savers Exchange, Erika Janik, author of Apple: A Global History, and Patrick O’Malley, of Iowa State University Extension.

If things went well in your vegetable garden this year you may find yourself elbow deep in home grown tomatoes.  Or maybe you have a tree that is loaded with apples or plums.  Host Charity Nebbe, talks with Horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron about harvesting and storing your garden bounty.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is now home to more than 200 turtles and tortoises.  We explore the new exhibit “Turtles: Secrets of the Shell”, discuss the challenges facing turtles worldwide, and find out about Cashew, a leopard tortoise who has gone missing.

Dean Borg / Iowa Public Radio

With Halloween approaching, attention is turning to pumpkins. But not all pumpkin fields are filled with orange.

Turn Here Sweet Corn book cover
Atina Diffley Official Website

Through high winds and hail, dry years and wet, and through the pressures of development and corporate interests Atina Diffley and her husband Martin ran one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

Diffley has written about her farm and her life in the new book, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works.

Have you been thinking about planting something out of the ordinary in your yard? Host Charity Nebbe talks with Patrick O’Malley of Iowa State University Extension about growing paw paws, aronia berries, and other minor fruit crops in Iowa. He and Richard Jauron from the ISU extension also answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

My Farm Roots: Tom Karst

Jul 24, 2012
Donna Vestal / Harvest Public Media

In this week's installment, we meet Tom Karst. He's the national editor for "The Packer," a trade newspaper covering the fruit and vegetable industry. For more than 25 years, he’s been reporting on issues of importance to the produce industry, including immigration, farm policy, and food safety.

To explore more "My Farm Roots" stories, and share your own, visit: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots

Continuous temperatures in the triple digits with limited rain can certainly put stress on any plant or garden. Charity talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist, Richard Jauron, about helping plants battle the heat.  ISU Extension Vegetable Production Specialist, Ajay Nair, also talks about incorporating fruits and vegetables into a home garden.

Great news for Iowa strawberry lovers: the crop this year is two-weeks early!  And even better, growers report the berries are especially sweet and abundant.  It's Hort Friday on Talk of Iowa, and we'll hear about this season's strawberries from Judy and Dean Henry, owners of "The Berry Patch," located south of Nevada.  Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University Extension will add their berry expertise to the conversation and will answer your lawn, garden and plant questions as well.