Local Flavor Swap Reveal.

Awhile back I posted that I was going to participate in the Local Flavor Swap hosted by CG Swaps. I was paired up with Kaylee from Chair in the Shade. To check out what I sent her visit her blog here. We are both from the Midwest, neighbors really (Iowa & Wisconsin), live in the country, and work in healthcare. It turned out we actually had quite a bit in common and I had a blast getting to know her. When I received the package in the mail I couldn’t wait to open it up and see what goodies she had picked out.

Local Flavor SwapKaylee picked out some really awesome items to send. The package included a note and postcard. Locally made sheep milk soap in an almond scent, it smells really good.  A handmade pot holder/hot pad and embroidered towel. Locally made pure maple syrup and cranberry raspberry jam. I can’t wait to make some pancakes to try out that syrup! Also she informed be that Wisconsin is the number one producer of cranberries in the US, which I didn’t know! An Amish cookbook, we live pretty close to Amish country also. A handmade candle in a mason jar that smell just like Macintosh Apples. I put it in my kitchen and have already got so many complements on it! Because every knows that if you visit Wisconsin you have to grab some cheese and apples :). And last but not least, cow shape sprinkles! So cute!

As usual I had a great time participating in the swap and can’t wait until the next one!

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Iowa Ag Facts.

Here’s just a fun post highlighting facts about Iowa agriculture.

    • Iowa ranks first in the nation in corn, soybean, pork, and chicken egg production (2010).
    • Iowa pork producers raise 28% of all U.S. pork.
    • Iowa has 92,400 farms. Farm land covers 30.8 million acres.
    • The average size of an Iowa farm is around 333 acres (as of 2008). One acre is about the size of a football field without its end zones.
    • Iowa has at least 11,000 different soils that make up some of the richest, most productive land in the world.
    • Iowa’s 40 ethanol plants have a combined annual capacity of 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol annually, more per year than any other state. Iowa produces nearly 30 percent of the nation’s ethanol. Studies show without ethanol, Americans would pay 20 to 40 cents more per gallon of gasoline.
    • Iowa produces the second most wind energy in the nation, helping generate enough electricity to power several hundred thousand homes each year.
    • Iowa raised more than 2.15 billion bushels of corn in 2010, or 17 percent of the total U.S. corn crop.
    • Iowa raised more than 496 million bushels of soybeans in 2010, or 15 percent of the nation’s total crop.
    • Iowa has 6 hogs for every person in the state. There are nearly 19 million hogs being raised in Iowa. Iowa producers marketed nearly 30 million hogs in 2010.
    • Iowa is ranked second in the nation in red meat production. Iowa ranks fourth in the United States for cattle on feed. As of January 2011, Iowa had 1.38 million cattle on feed.
    • There was an average of 209,000 milk cows on Iowa farms during 2010. A cow will produce an average of 6.3 gallons of milk each day. That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year.
    • Iowa ranked seventh in the United States for turkeys marketed with 13.2 million turkeys in 2010.
    • Iowa’s total cash receipts for farm commodities in 2010 totaled more than $23 billion – the second highest in the United States.
    • Iowa’s total agricultural exports for fiscal year 2010 were valued at more than $7 billion, ranking Iowa second in the nation in agricultural exports.
    • Livestock consume 400 million bushels of Iowa-grown corn annually.
    • Iowa’s climate is ideal for growing crops. Hot summers help plants grow and cold winters help the soil replenish itself.
Facts from Iowa Farm Bureau and Geisler Farms: Growing Family Fun.

What are some interesting ag facts about where you are from?

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Straight from the Corn State: Iowa Bloggers.

A new group I’ve created with some other fellow Iowa bloggers. I hope everyone will follow along. Or if you live in Iowa, apply to be a contributor or featured blogger. We’re all really excited and can’t wait to get to know everyone better!

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cornstatebloggers

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nTHtpnnXiQPUJPHzY0Y9CwUXTjmyRPSUnJ-cI50dByE/viewform#start=invite

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ATTN: IOWA BLOGGERS!

Hey everyone!

I’ve noticed that a lot of other states have blogger communities made for their states. But I haven’t found any for Iowa.

Basically we’d put a button on our blog that linked to something as simple as a list of Iowa bloggers to a Facebook page to a whole separate blog with features. Now I don’t really have time to deal with a whole second blog, so I’m thinking we could start a list and/or a Facebook page.

Since most of the blogs I connect with from Iowa are ag/farming related and will be the ones to read this; should it maybe be strictly for ag/farming blogs for promoting Iowa agriculture? (I’m thinking no restrictions that way we can connect with everyone.)

What do you guys think? What are your ideas?
If you would like to be an admin or help design the button, just let me know by commenting or using the contact me link at the top of the page.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Also, be sure to pass this on to all the other Iowa bloggers you know!

United States of Monsters.

United States of Monsters.

In the spirit of Halloween, check out what monster haunts your state! As you can see Iowa is haunted by a flying monster. I actually haven’t heard about this flying monster before, so I did what any other person would do. I Googled it! Turns out in 1903 the resident of Van Meter were terrorized by a giant flying creature that came out of an old abandoned mine. You can read about the unsolved mystery of the Van Meter Flyer here and here.

What creature haunts your state?

McDonald’s gets it. #thankafarmer

Amidst the Panera Bread and Chipolte controversy over antibiotic use, McDonald’s gets it. Scattered across the state of Iowa you’ll find giant billboards from McDonald’s with a thank you to farmers on it.

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Alongside I-80 between Cedar Rapids and Des Moines you’ll also find a barn painted with the same thank you message. I didn’t stop to take a picture because we didn’t have the time but I assumed I could find a picture and more information online but I couldn’t! So that sucks. It’s awesome to see this display of thanks after all of the negative publicity lately. Remember farmers feed America. #thankafarmer

Thank YOU McDonald’s for getting it and appreciating all of the hard work farmers do.

Law & Order: Iowa’s Finest.

Ok, so every state has funny, strange, or downright dumb laws. These are some of Iowa’s finest. I can’t guarantee they are all accurate, but supposedly they are or have been actual laws/regulations in the state.

It’s a crime to catch more than 48 frogs in one day. Luckily I’m only on #37 for today.

Surfing while drunk is illegal. You know because we’re by a coast and all.

It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp. Hmm, pretty sure this will get you a felony drug charge.

A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public. I mustache you a question.

One-armed piano players must perform for free. I really don’t even know what to say about this, haha.

Kisses may last for no more than five minutes. Hmm.

The Iowa Legislature once passed a resolution ordering the state cafeteria to start serving cornbread. Government hard at work, I see.

You may shoot Native Americans if there are more than five of them on your property at any one time. I recommend not doing this. This will also get you a felony charge. Unless you know, they’re trying to kill your family or something.

In Dubuque, any hotel within the city limits must have a water bucket and a hitching post in front of the building. Yee-haw!

Warn your hubby that after lovemaking in Ames, Iowa, he isn’t allowed to take more than three gulps of beer while lying in bed with you or holding you in his arms. They didn’t saw how big of gulps. And I suppose you could still smoke a cig, if that’s your thing. 😉

The fire department of Fort Madison is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire. We’re coming guys, hang on!

The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned from Indianola. Those poor deprived children. Fun haters.

Remember when you’re in Marshalltown it is forbidden for your horse to eat fire hydrants. Dang, you’ll have to feed them hay instead.

In Mount Vernon don’t forget: one must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks onto a highway. I serious wonder what they’d say if you walked into city hall and ask them this. “Why certainly, thanks for asking. Go ahead and throw bricks all over the highway. Won’t be a problem at all.”

To be compliant with Ottumwa city laws, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know. Creep. 😉

Know any funny laws from your state?

*Disclosure: This is not an official document by any means, before following any of these laws check with government officials for their accuracy.