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Driftless Food Guide

New for 2018: the Driftless Food Guide!

We’ll be producing a new, stand-alone publication this year: The Driftless Food Guide! For the past six years, we were lucky to work with Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Coalition and partners – Iowa State Extension, Luther College Sustainability, and Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness – to produce a pull out local food directory in the summer issue of Inspire(d).

This year, they’re handing the print guide off to us! We’re expanding it and giving it a cool, new makeover! It’s going to have the Inspire(d) look and feel, but with a fresh, food-inspired spin, and a thick matte cover with glossy pages inside. For the inaugural issue, we’ll be printing between 20,000-25,000, and it will be on stands from May through October.

The goal of the Driftless Food Guide is to promote great local farmers, producers, restaurants, and other food-related businesses that help make our region so amazing (and tasty)!

If that sounds like your business, or something you’d like to be a part of, we’d love to have you on board as an advertiser!

Ad and listing rates are ready! Click here for more information!

We are so excited to bring more food stories to the region – which is a good thing, because our readers made sure to let us know they looove and want more food (who doesn’t?!)!

Shoot us an email at aryn [at] or benji [at] if you have any questions.

Squeee! Can’t wait!

-Aryn & Benji

March 2017 Calendar!

March 2017! Lots of fun to be had! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy March 2017 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

Check out these great March 2017 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. March 1: Join us in bringing wood-fired pizza, craft brew and community to Luna Valley Farm through supporting our Kickstarter campaign (March 1-31). More info at

2. March 4: Seed starting workshop, Seed Savers Exchange: basics of seed selection, seed starting, transplants, and tips for urban gardening + behind-the-scenes farm tour. $5 Register:

3. March 10: Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Event at Empty Nest Winery; registration for prizes at 5:30, food and fun at 6:00. Grab your friends & come!

4. March 11, April 15, & May 20: Muscle Activation Techniques™/Try It Out Labs: BODY LOGICS, inside Decorah’s Anytime Fitness, 10 AM. Make Reservations w/ Scott Searcy @ 516.732.5751

5. March 12: The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra presents “Music That Tells a Story.” Come hear Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” narrated by Kristen Underwood & Beethoven’s “Pastorale Symphony.” 3pm DHS Auditorium.

6. March 18: “Kinder-Folk on Stage.” A celebration of spring, the arts, and Kinderhaus Preschool. Live music, spoken word, coloring, free appetizers, and cash bar. Free will donation. T-Bock’s Upstairs, 7 pm.

7. March 24: Apple Grafting / Apple School, Seed Savers Exchange. Choose your 1/2 day workshop March 24, 25, April 7, or 8. Learn more & register:

8. March 24: Midwestern author Casey Pycior presents his short story collection The Spoils at Dragonfly Books.  Author talk/signing 7pm. Dragonfly Books. Free!

9. March 25: Free concert for all ages with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra in the newly renovated, historic Potter Auditorium, Chatfield Center for the Arts, 7:30pm.

September 2016 Calendar!

September! Get a head start on your fun-planning with this handy-dandy September 2016 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)


Check out these great fall activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. September 3: Seed Savers Tomato Tasting, 1-4pm. Taste dozens of varieties of heirloom tomatoes & vote for your favorite. Workshops & Salsa contest.

2. September 3: A Peculiar Costume Party-Dragonfly Books! Celebrate Loop Day. Dress as your favorite peculiar; partake of peculiar games; a peculiar photo booth. 6:30pm.

3. September 10: Root River Trail Towns Taste of the Trail! Experience a taste of Lanesboro, Peterson & Whalen while you pedal your way through the beauty of Bluff Country! 10am-3pm

4. September 13: Award-winning author Cheri Register reads from The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape. An environmental history of southeast Minnesota. 7:30pm.

5. September 17: Root River Trail Towns Taste of the Trail! Experience a taste of Harmony, Preston & Fountain while you pedal your way through the beauty of Bluff Country! 10am-3pm

6. September 17: Chosen Bean Concert Series presents Drew Nelson, 7:30pm, Chatfield Center for the Arts $20. Storytelling songwriter Americana, roots-rock and traditional folk. More info

7. September 19: New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger returns for a 5:30pm ticketed evening of dining/ conversation; followed by a 7:30pm free author talk.

8. September 22: Dragonfly Books hosts Kali VanBaale with her new book The Good Divide. Kali will share her stories and talk about writing, 7:00pm

9. September 22: It’s an ArtHaus Poetry Slam sponsored by Dragonfly Books, 8:30 pm at the Elks Lodge. $5/$3 students. Slammers needed, signup online

10. September 23-24: Luther College Writers Festival on Luther’s Campus. Readings, craft lectures, and panels with some of our most celebrated authors.

11. September 24: Decorah Rotary Club’s annual Loop de Loop, 5k/10k walk run and Half-Marathon on the Trout Run Trail. Challenge yourself in the beatiful hills of Decorah.

12. September 24: Root River Trail Towns Taste of the Trail! Experience a taste of Rushford, Rushford Village & Houston while you pedal your way through the beauty of Bluff Country! 10am-3pm

13. September 24: Water Street Music Series and Oneota Co-op: Oktoberfest. Local brews and regional bands on the 300 block of Water St. – Decorah. 5-10 p.m. Ticket info –

14. September 30. Oneota Valley Community Orchestra fundraiser “A Symphony Sampler” – an elegant evening of live music, delicious food and drink. Visit for ticket information and details.