Iowa City/Coralville, IA

New Pioneer CoopOur first stop of the tour was Iowa City and Coralville, IA. We had amazing weather…..weeeeeee! Our demo was located at the New Pioneer Co-op in Coralville…they were very welcoming and even gave us a $20 food credit to eat supper. Yum. We are actually members of the New Pi and have loved their good eats for quite awhile. Coralville is near and dear to our heart because we were staying at a hotel there a couple summers ago when we had our “live smaller” epiphany! :) While there, we were able to meet several people that we had only met online…Matt of Groovy Green, Kesa and her girls, Tara and the boys….it was great to put names and faces together! We had lots of other people stop and learn about veggie…spreadin’ the love.

I was also able to have a “mama night out” with my cousin Trish…we went to the Red Avocado and then to a Ani DiFranco concert (where I promptly got my camera taken away for snapping a photo of the opener, Melissa Ferrick). What fun! Melissa was such an AMAZING performer…I was mesmerized! She has a very similar style to Ani. I have been wanting to see Ani in concert for quite awhile, and it was definitely worth it. Delicious stuff. She swears a bit too much for my liking…but she’s such a talented artist and poet. She has a dedicated cult following, and we had fun watching the rather large man with the huge gotee in the front row dancing throughout the ENTIRE concert. By himself. That’s some serious love for Ani.

We stayed with the wonderful Joe and Tara while we were there. Bella and their son Liam had a great time playing together. They have a one month old little boy, Atticus, as well. He was squishy and squeeky, and all baby. Joe and Tara are both musicians and play in a group called The Beggarmen. Tara teaches Irish fiddle lessons from her home as well. Be sure to check out their newest CD, Newry Town.

Photo album here.


  1. man…leave it to you to get your camera taken away : ) glad you had fun!!

    Comment by Laura O — September 20, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

  2. It is so good to see pictures of you three. We miss you a ton!! Sammy is off hunting, and school is busy, but it is a good fall. We will keep checking up on you three!

    Love and God bless,
    The Kavanaghs

    Comment by Sara Kavanagh — September 20, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

  3. We loved having you! You’re off to a great start and man oh man do I love the new website. Thanks for taking those amazing pictures- you have such a gift.

    Comment by Tara — September 20, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

  4. I am definitely a lurker and I am coming out to ask a question. You are coming to our area and I was wondering if you could give a synopsis about what is involved in your tour stops. Do you simply mingle with people at each stop and answer their questions? Do you offer out information pamphlets on the veggie oil? I would love to learn more about the veggie oil, but don’t know what exactly your tour stops will involve. Thanks!

    Mrs. S.

    Comment by Mrs. S. — September 21, 2007 @ 7:21 am

  5. Mrs. S…when we do a “stop”, we just open up the RV and give people a tour of the inside. We also show them the veggie oil system in the RV and car and answer any questions they might have. We have our t-shirts and stickers out for sale…no pamphlets, just business cards they can take to go to our website and get more info. Our time at each stop is very informal and we just chat with people as they show up. I hope you’ll venture out and say hi when we’re in your area!

    Comment by livelightly2 — September 21, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

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