Local foods first topic of Greene Living series

“4-H for grown-ups”

The Greene Living series is coming to Greene County Extension, starting with Greene Table: Exploring Local Foods on Thursday, Sept. 7, at Deal’s Orchard. The series will explore how we live today and ways to improve the quality of your life. Lori Mannel, county Extension director, describes it as “4-H for grown-ups.”

The evening begins at 5:30 with social time, appetizers and cider sampling.

Dr Diana Cochran, assistant professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, will be the featured speaker at 6 pm. She is the head of the fruit and hop research program at ISU. She will discuss crops for the craft beverage industry – hard cider, grape, and hop production – with emphasis on needs and challenges.

The evening will conclude with a hayrack tour of the orchard and cider production business.

Cost for the evening is $15 per person before Sept. 5, and $20 after Sept 5. “We invite you for a fun evening with shrimp cocktail and other delicious appetizers from Hy-Vee and regular and hard cider from Deal’s Orchard while learning about raising crops for the craft beverage industry,” added Mannel.

Upcoming events in the Greene Living series include Wine and Cheese 101 on Oct 19, cooking for the holidays, avoiding holiday stress, and healthy eating. To register please call Greene County Extension at 515-386-2138, email xgreene [at] iastate [dot] edu, or visit the office at 104 W. Washington St in Jefferson.

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