Leaving Iowa

May 24, 2011

After a hearty breakfast of vegan monte cristo, Florida strawberry omelet waffle with a side of grilled tempeh, and the Texas omelet waffle, we are on the road headed for Omaha, Nebraska to meet up with Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World," "Veganomicon," "Vegan Brunch," and "Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar." We are pretty excited to hear Isa’s story of how she came to live in Omaha after living in the vegan meccas of Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York. Is Omaha the next Portland?

Echollective Farm

May 23, 2011

Derek Roller has been farming ”veganically” for more than 10 years, growing vegetables for the local food co-op and restaurants and also for his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Farming exacts long days and a lot of hard work, and farmers deserve a fair wage for their labor. I have great respect those who grow our food. After speaking with Derek, I ran into Echollective Farm worker and resident Jess Kettler, whom we spotted strolling around the farm gathering her dinner in a wooden bowl (both cultivated and wild greens). What a fresh, healthy way to eat!

Vegan Voices in Iowa

May 23, 2011

Elizabeth Cummings and Tom Glorfield both grew up in Iowa eating meat like those around them, but as they became more aware of what happens to animals exploited by the food industry, they went vegan. Tom’s vegan story starts with one of his first jobs: He worked for a pharmaceutical company, picking up pig organs from a slaughterhouse. After touring the slaughter operation and witnessing the cruelty and despair there, he stopped eating pigs. In time, he stopped eating all other animals. Elizabeth always had a natural connection with animals but first learned about efforts to prevent the inhumane treatment of farm animals in the early 1990s. Since that time, with information becoming more and more widely available through the Internet, Elizabeth has worked to raise awareness and help animals. In 2008 she even traveled to our shelter in Watkins Glen, NY, to help care for pigs rescued from the floods that devastated Iowa that year. We also met Carol Throckmorton, an Iowa dietician who advises cardiac and diabetic patients to shift their diets away from animal foods and toward plant foods. Carol worked with Dr. Dean Ornish on his seminal research, which showed that plant-based diets could reverse heart disease. What’s your vegan story? We’d love to hear it - please share your story with us via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GeneBaur.

Fair Grounds Coffee Shop

May 23, 2011

After getting settled in Iowa City, our first stop was Fair Grounds Coffeehouse where we enjoyed grilled vegan panini "cheeseburgers", a "BLT ...hold everything grilled panini" and a vegan grilled California "chicken" salad wrap. For dessert: red velvet cake, a caramel apple cake and a slice of silky chocolate pie. 

We've arrived in Iowa City!

May 23, 2011

As we drove west from Chicago through rural Illinois and into Iowa we passed by expanses of cropland growing feed for industrially raised animals, smelled the stench of factory farm waste and saw livestock trucks along the highway (follow my Twitter and Facebook posts for real-time (frank) commentary). And, we also met more vegans! www.facebook.com/genebaur and www.twitter.com/genebaur