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Fresh Flavor BY CINDY HADISH PHOTOS BY BRIAN DRAEGER Restaurants Source Ingredients From Local Producers Lois Pavelka is shown at Pavelka's Point Meats in rural Mount Vernon. PHOTO MARY MATHIS Take one bite into a smoked pork belly slider at the Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery and it's obvious this isn't your typical "bar food." Quarter Barrel at 616 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, is among the Corridor restaurants making a conscious effort to locally source their ingredients to provide higher quality menu options and support local producers. "These chefs are all fun to work with and value knowing the farmer," said Lois Pavelka, of Pavelka's Point Meats in rural Mount Vernon, which provides pork and beef to Quarter Barrel, as well as to places such as Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon, Kalona Brewery in Kalona and El Banditos and Orchard Green in Iowa City. For Pavelka, farmers markets make up a larger share of income, but restaurants round out the farm's financial picture, with 30-40 percent of sales in a given year. The same is true of Donna Warhover of Morning Glory farm near Mount Vernon, who uses a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model as the farm's primary source of income, along with farmers markets. "The advantage of selling to local restaurants is that my CSA customers pay for their shares in the beginning of the season – what I need for purchasing seeds, equipment, etc.," Warhover said. "The restaurants offer > 36 LURE SPRING 2018

ADAMS TILE & STONE Donna Warhover at Morning Glory farm in rural Mount Vernon. PHOTO DIANE ROTELLA additional income throughout the season." Those restaurants also can help by using large quantities of a given food when those become available. For example, a bumper crop of green beans hand-picked by Warhover and her small crew on the 3-acre farm didn't go to waste when the chef at Cornell College in Mount Vernon was able to use bushels of the beans. Cornell also bought hundreds of pounds of onions, cases of peppers and cabbage, and large quantities of kale and herbs. Other restaurants that have purchased produce from Morning Glory include Nodo in Iowa City, Rapid Creek Cidery at Wilson's Orchard, and the Greyhound Deli and Mercy Medical Center, both in Cedar Rapids. > Offering a unique combination of hand-selected tile, stone and home décor. WE ALSO OFFER WOOD, CARPET, AREA RUGS & LVT Please visit our showroom to experience all we have to offer! 1198 Grand Avenue | Marion | 319-377-0231 M, T, W, F 9:30AM-5PM, THU 9:30AM - 8PM, SAT AND EVENINGS BY APPT. Let us make your home,Your Castle Smoked pork belly slider at Quarter Barrel. Celebrating 20 Years in Business 240 CLASSIC CAR CT. SW CEDAR RAPIDS 319-866-9816 WWW.CANTEBURYKITCHENS.COM LURE SPRING 2018 37