Natural Living Des Moines

CSA News by sarahtar
February 23, 2009, 8:22 pm
Filed under: Business

Here’s a fun new CSA I came across recently. The Little Red Hen CSA is run by Stephanie Petersen from her backyard in the city. Shares can be picked up at her house, or she will deliver for a nominal fee. A full share is $400, a half share is $200. Herb and flower shares are also available. Stephanie also offers a unique option: an inbox share. For a $20 commitment, Stephanie will email subscribers each week with what she has available and the cost, and the items can be picked up later in the week at Stephanie’s house.

For more information, or to subscribe, you can reach Stephanie at (515) 274-0628 or 865-9940. Her email is


Midwest Acupuncture Clinic by sarahtar
September 18, 2008, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Business

Des Moines Juice this week included an article about Midwest Acupuncture Clinic.

Colorful Eggs, Tasty Eggs by sarahtar
July 8, 2008, 9:58 am
Filed under: Business, Food

Colorful Eggs Colorful Eggs

Farm Fresh Eggs. Yum. Despite certain “experts” insisting that there is no measurable difference between the way that factory eggs taste and the way that small-farm eggs taste, I beg to differ.

Our family has been exclusively eating eggs from Sugar Creek Family Farm for over a year now. About a month ago, I was eating eggs that Randy had made for us for breakfast at our family’s inherited time-share at Okoboji and realized that something was NOT right. It took me a good few minutes to figure it out – these were eggs from the store, not from the farm. They just weren’t as tasty. I needed salt and pepper. The flavor was flatter, less…well…flavorful.

Beyond the taste aspect, there’s the whole process of farming the eggs. I’ve been to Abby’s farm, I’ve seen how the hens live. I’ve been to “conventional” egg farms, seen how those hens live. And, well, I’ve watched a few too many episodes of Dirty Jobs, as well. I’d take eggs from the undoubtedly healthier (and happier) hens at a small family farm any day.

Besides – look at those eggs! Just look at them! How pretty they are. (The color of the shell is only an indicator of the hen’s breed, and nothing else, but my eyes appreciate the variety found in a box of eggs from Sugar Creek.)

Want to learn more about eggs? This is a good article to start.

The Livewell Clinic by naturaldsm
May 14, 2008, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Business, Check This Out!

Just a note, there’s a new wellness clinic open in town, and I’m really excited about the things they offer. It’s called the Livewell Clinic. They offer such a wide variety of services, from food allergy testing to female health problems to pregnancy and labor support to well child visits. I think it will be an asset to our community!

I had a chance to meet the owners a few months ago and they are super people. I’m going to be making an appointment there in the near future to find out more about their services and I’ll definitely report back!!

New Listings in Directory! by naturaldsm
April 21, 2008, 11:54 am
Filed under: Business, Local Resources

I’ve been neglecting calling attention to the new listings in the directory, but I’ve added two in recent weeks…

Amanda Fust has started Simple Miracles Doula Service.  515-313-7279 or

Sandi Hoover offers Prenatal Yoga classes, Blessingway Ceremonies, and Reiki. 202-2584 or

Egg Sale! Hamburger Sale! by naturaldsm
October 24, 2007, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Business, Food

Today, I received this message from LaVon Griffieon at Griffieon Family Farm:

I presently have eggs coming out of my ears and I was stiffed by a restaurant in Ames and have 60 five pounds tubes of hamburger to sell. Eggs are $2 pe dozen $1.50 for poulet eggs. If the customer tells me “Natural Living DM” the price of the hamburger tube is $15. I also have heritage turkeys to sell for Thanksgiving. They will be fresh on Tuesday before Thanksgiving and are $4.50 per pound.

Get them while you can!

National Nurse-Out at Applebee’s this Saturday by naturaldsm
September 7, 2007, 9:00 am
Filed under: Business, Food, Parenting

Attention nursing mothers: There is a nationwide nurse-out being organized for this Saturday at Applebee’s locations around the country. You can read more details here, here, here, and here.

It does not look like anything is being organized specifically in Des Moines, but that does NOT mean that you and some friends can’t get together to nurse outside of Applebee’s! I would organize it myself, but I will be manning my booth at The Stork Affair all day!