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Summer 2009 Table of Contents

DEPARTMENTS
4 GRIST FOR THE MILL
EIRV at Three Years Old
6 NOTABLE EDIBLES
Tasty tidbits to savor around Iowa
16 EDIBLE IMBIBABLES
On the Trail of Great Iowa Wines
—By Katie Roche
21 THE 99
RAGBRAI’s Final Stop is Full of Flavors
—By Anna Wilson and Criss Roberts
24 1,000 WORDS
Chiles at the Market
26 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Starving Artist
—By Rob Cline
29 SUBSCRIPTION FORM
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THE LAST WORD
Deborah Madison’s What We Eat When We Eat Alone
—By Kurt Michael Friese

FEATURES
7 A FESTIVAL OF FLAVORS
The 43rd Nordic Fest Keeps Tradition Alive in Decorah
— By Renee Brincks
10 FLAT-OUT FRESH
Tortilleria el Norte is a West Libery Original
— By Mike Brownlee
12 SEWING SEEDS OF COMMUNITY
A Knitter’s Breakfast at Home Ec in Iowa City
— By Brian Morelli
18 REVIVING AN ANCIENT BREED
Seed Savers Exchange Protects Animal Diversity Too
— By Kurt Michael Friese
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Reviving an Ancient Breed

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We could hear the bellowing long before we could see the bovine perpetrator, a new mother cow who had somehow managed to get on the wrong side of the barbed wire fence from the herd – and therefore her calf. She was not pleased.

While I opened one gate (and hid behind it), Aaron Whealey, vice president and chief cowboy of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, opened the other and encouraged the wayward mom to pass through both gates and rejoin the herd and her calf. With one last bellow at me as she passed, the family was reunited. The erstwhile orphan was one of 50 new calves expected this season from the Seed Savers Exchange herd of Ancient White Park Cattle. A tiny number in a state that regularly sees herds of thousands in their feedlots, but this is no ordinary herd, nor ordinary cow.

The Ancient White Park, also sometimes called “White Forest,” “White Horned,” “Wild White,” or simply “Park,” has a recorded history that goes back more than 800 years. Their first literary mention comes from a 13th century Irish epic called Táin Bó Cúalnge or The Cattle Raid of Cooley:

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