Take a Scoop of Summer in Second Issue of Fresh Pickings Magazine

Latest edition showcases sights, sounds and tastes of Iowa summertime  

Ankeny, Iowa - From sweet corn ice cream and baseball fields to pizza on the farm, the latest edition of the newly-launched Fresh Pickings magazine highlights the quintessential summer – and how it all comes back to Iowa agriculture.

Building off the success of the inaugural edition in April, the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FPP) brings farm life straight to Iowans’ mailboxes in an accessible and relevant way. Readers will find stunning photography, homegrown recipes and more farmer stories in the latest issue.

Fresh Pickings gives farmers a way to show consumers how they farm,” says Brent Swart, a soybean and corn farmer from Spencer. “Farmers can sometimes struggle getting our message to the right audience, so magazines like this are the perfect way to do that.”

Swart is one of several farmers featured in the summer issue. Additional farmers in the publication are the Gilman family of Stuart, Chad Hafkey of Grinnell and John and Joan Maxwell of Donahue.

“It’s always good to have a farmer’s voice on any topic related to food production. I always tell people to get their information directly from a farmer whenever they can,” says Swart.

Readers can learn more about Swart and other farmers in the latest summer issue available at Iowa-based Earl May Nursery & Garden Centers and MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center locations.

Published quarterly, Fresh Pickings will also be distributed at Iowa FFP events (while supplies last). Readers can view the publication online and request a subscription at freshpickingsmagazine.com.

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About the Iowa Food & Family Project

The Iowa Food & Family Project invites Iowans to explore how food is grown and raised around the state and meet the farmers who make it happen – 24/7, 365 days a year. The initiative networks with nearly 35 food, farm and healthy living organizations who are proud of Iowa’s homegrown foods and hometown values. 

Funded in part by the soybean, pork, corn, beef, dairy, egg and turkey checkoffs as well as non-checkoff resources.


Kelly Visser