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You Know You Live In Rural Iowa When...

You know you live in rural Iowa when...

You would absolutely beg for a Trader Joe's or a Whole Foods to be closer to you than 2.5 hours away!

Seriously though, this is just because I would like a bigger selection of preferably organic fruits and vegies to choose from. I would like to make kimchi. The recipe requires two heads of Chinese cabbage. I have to give Hy-Vee some credit for the amount and variety of fresh produce available, but they did not have Chinese cabbage. Sigh. And somedays I can find a bag of organic lemons and the next time I go, they have none. Sigh.

What's a girl to do?

Plan a huge shopping trip to one or both stores, that's what!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


  1. I know how you feel; the grocery store in our little town doesn't carry Romaine lettuce! I get most things in the stores in the slightly bigger towns north or south of us; sometimes I get things in the big Cities east or west of us, but it's just not very convenient. I guess we can keep asking and hope for more people to want the same things.

  2. Hi Erica,

    My name is Megan, and I'm a project assistant at the Iowa Cancer Consortium. The Consortium would like to better understand why 1 in 4 women did not get screened for breast cancer in the past two years. As a woman in rural Iowa, we would like to hear your thoughts. How easy is it for you to get to a health clinic? Do you feel that your community supports preventive health care? Join the discussion at

    Thank you, and keep up the blogging!
    Megan (An East Coast transplant who just loooves Iowa!)


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