Butter up your ears; its peak season for sweet corn. Cant get enough? Produce in the Park will have two sweet corn vendors this week. In addition to Amos Family Sweet Corn and Produce, Corn for a Cause will also be selling at the park.
This week you’ll also find:
Produce: Cabbage, onions, swiss chards, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, beets, rhubarb, lettuce, squash, turnips, carrots, potatoes, garlic scapes, and zucchini.
Farm foods: Jams, breads, granola, honey, syrups, eggs, meat, and crisps.
Herbs: Parsley, spearmint, oregano, cilantro, basil, pesto, and sage.
Flower plants and vegetable plants.
Your pets & friendly animals: Bird suet.
Crafts: Goatmilk soaps, lotions, facemasks, doll clothes, and scrubs.
Corn for a Cause
Corn for a Cause is a nonprofit located in Western Iowa, just a few miles off of Interstate 80. Their mission is to: make fresh corn accessible in a socially-conscious way. Corn for a Cause is run by Brigham Hoegh and Erin Lain. Brigham manages Atlantics weekly farmers market, Produce in the Park. She also serves as Cass Countys Wellness Coordinator. Erin is an Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion at Drake University.
Brigham worked in insurance, and was transferred to an agricultural department in 2016. Working in this new department lead her to pay more attention to her familys farm. She wanted to get involved with what was going on there. Brigham began planting sweet corn, using a field of her fathers land. The first year she planted, she was overwhelmed by how much she had. Brigham wondered if she could share her sweet corn with organizations working to assist people struggling to afford food. She wanted to be able to provide everyone with an opportunity to enjoy this quintessential summer experience.
Corn for a Cause donates to many places in Western and Central Iowa. So far, they have visited food pantries in Atlantic and Anita, homeless shelters in Des Moines, the Food Bank of Iowa (which serves over 50 counties), and numerous others. Come out to Produce in the Park to help support this business. For each dozen of their corn you purchase, another dozen will go to someone in need.
Italian Baked Zucchini
Recipe recommended by Brigham Hoegh, Market Manager.
5 small zucchini or 3 large ones. 8 oz fresh mozzarella. 24 oz marinara sauce, 3 tbsp olive oil. 1 tsp salt and pepper. cup fresh grated parmesan.
1. Clean and wash your zucchini.
2. Preheat a grill pan or a grill to medium heat. If you do not have either then preheat a large heavy bottom skillet.
3. Cut your zucchini lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips.
4. Drizzle the zucchini with olive oil.
5. Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and pepper.
6. Once your grill or pan is ready, add your zucchini and cook for about 3 minutes per side.
7. Remove your zucchini from the pan and set aside.
8. Gently heat your marinara sauce on low heat.
9. Preheat your broiler on high heat.
10. Grab a large oven safe baking dish.
11.Scoop 1/2 cup of your marinara sauce into the baking dish and spread it out evenly.
12. Next, add your zucchini slices into the dish side by side but not overlapping. You may need 2 baking dishes if your zucchini are larger.
13. Now take a tablespoon of your marinara and place on each slice of zucchini and spread it out. Keep doing this until all the zucchini has sauce.
14. Now cut your mozzarella into thin strips and place over the zucchini. Don’t worry too much about neatness here since it all melts.
15. Next, sprinkle your freshly grated parmesan evenly over top of this.
16. Once your zucchini are all dressed with sauce and cheese, place the zucchini under the broiler until the cheese melts and is bubbly and just turning brown (about 3-4 minutes).
17. Remove from the oven and serve with a side of pasta and the remaining marinara sauce.
Produce in the Parks online store is open weekly from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday at 11 p.m.. Customers who order online can drive-through pick-up at the park on Thursday between 4 and 6 p.m. The online store can be found at www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com or by visiting @ProduceInThePark on Facebook.