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Rich in flavor and, unlike other nuts, low in calories, chestnuts are a popular cool season treat. Take a tour of Red Fern Farm outside of Wapello, Iowa with host Charity Nebbe to check out the unique way chestnuts are harvested. Then Des Moines Chef Jason Simon joins us in our studio kitchen to share a twist on a traditional chestnut stuffing recipe.

Few foods are as cool as a cucumber. It's fresh, mild flavor is ideal in salads, it's the perfect flavor enhancer in drinks, and it's the crown jewel in pickling--receiving the honorary title of "pickle." On this episode, we'll visit Blue Gate farm in Chariton, IA to see how one farmer grows cucumbers. Then Chef Brandy Leuders will stop by our studio kitchen to share a few unique recipes using this refreshingly tasty food.

Duck meat is dark and rich. Duck eggs are rich too - and bigger than chicken eggs. Both are intriguing alternatives to other poultry products and can be prepared quite deliciously. On this episode, we'll visit Genuine Faux Farm in Tripoli, Iowa where they raise duck. Then Chef Tom Skold will take the mystery out of cooking with duck when he prepares a couple of divine duck dishes in our studio kitchen. Plus, meet an herbalist who uses Iowa-grown ingredients to create her products.

With its mild flavor and range of uses, eggplant is a food for culinary inspiration. Accompany host Charity Nebbe on her farm to table journey throughout Iowa. Find out the complexities of growing eggplant at a Boone, Iowa farm. Then join Charity and Chef Nate Jiroutek in the studio kitchen to create an Eggplant Napoleon recipe that's both delicious and gorgeous.

Farmers' markets have exploded in popularity over the past decade. But sometimes the greatest challenge that comes with any food you get at the farmers' market is what to do with it. Luckily, we've got you covered. On this special episode of Iowa Ingredient, we'll celebrate the fresh flavors of farmers' markets. Two of our favorite chefs will share some tips and recipes to getting the most out of your market fresh foods.

Green beans are a garden staple, and are the third most popular garden vegetable after tomatoes and peppers. On this episode of Iowa Ingredient, we'll visit Good Eetens Produce Farm to learn the ins and outs of growing green beans. Then chef Andy Schumacher from Cobble Hill restaurant in Cedar Rapids, IA will share some brilliant ways to cook with green beans.

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