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Iowa Arts Council,
A Division of the Department
of Cultural Affairs
600 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50319

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Tasty Iowa pork tenderloins, creamy Maytag blue cheese, sweet and crispy Dutch letters, a juicy Muscatine melon ~ these are just a few of the foods that evoke a taste of place that transport you to Iowa’s rolling green hills, scenic rivers, and friendly small towns.  We seek out these foods ~ to eat locally when we visit, purchase as souvenirs or gifts, or hunt down in specialty shops. They nourish not only our bodies but our spirit.

Place-based foods have a unique taste related to the soil, water, air, and climate of a region as well as with the ethnic or regional heritage of their producers. Explore these web pages and learn the “stories” about a variety of Iowa place-based foods.


This is a photograph of a muscatine melon

photograph of pawpaw fruit pod

photograph of flint corn

photograph of dutch letter pastries

photograph of rhubarb wine

photograph of maytag blue cheese

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Funding for this project was provided by grants from the
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.
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Credits: Writing and photos by Riki Saltzman except where noted.
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Pardee & Associates, LLC

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