Heart of Iowa Becomes Second Store to Offer Lucky Badger Farms Catnip

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WEST DES MOINES — The iconic Heart of Iowa Market Place in the historic Valley Junction shopping district has added Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Catnip to its product line-up.

The Heart of Iowa Market Place, located at 211 Fifth Street, offers opportunities to sample, share and remember Iowa with distinctly Iowa gift items and products.

“As much as the products themselves, it is the experience we deliver that keeps our customers coming back and leads them to tell their friends and family about us,” owner Kelly Sharp explains “The Heart of Iowa is a place where customers can refresh and explore; a place reminiscent of a time when the pace was slower, the family were near and neighbors were friends. We specialize in Iowa gift baskets, gourmet foods, souvenirs, John Deere, Iowa Hawkeye and Iowa State gifts.  We are a key resource for gift items that are “All Things Iowa.”

The store’s phone number is (515) 274-IOWA (4692) or toll-free 866-274-IOWA (4692).

Smitten Kitten, Des Moines Cat Groomer, Boutique and Supplier, Becomes First Retailer for Lucky Badger Farms Catnip

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DES MOINES — The Smitten Kitten, the capital city’s first and finest cats-only groomer, is now featuring Lucky Badger Farms “Just Buds” Premium Catnip among its line-up of quality feline products.

“This is certainly a big day for us at Lucky Badger Farms Catnip as we’ve worked hard to bring our product to the marketplace. Betsey Qualley has the highest standards and expectations, which is why her business has been so successful. For her to endorse our product by agreeing to place it alongside the Smitten Kitten’s other premium products means the world to us,” Lucky Badger Farms owner Eric Woolson said.

The store, located at 549 28th St., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Its phone number is (515) 333-4920. To learn more about the Smitten Kitten and owner Betsey Qualley, be sure to visit http://www.smittenkittenshop.com.

The Catnip Crop Cometh

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What an exciting weekend at Lucky Badger Farms as timely rains and warm temperatures have coaxed this year’s fledgling catnip crop from the black soil of southern Iowa.

We’ve had the good fortune to avoid torrential downpours that dumped as much as five inches of rain on other parts of southern and central Iowa. We empathize with those farmers who will be forced to replant corn and soybean crops washed away by flooding.

On a brighter note, our first seeds, sown during the May 9 weekend, have produced robust little catnip plants that now stand two to three inches tall.  Plants in the area planted over the Memorial Day weekend have just broken the surface. Bright green clusters brim with optimism for a promising late-summer harvest.

Our third section was planted over the weekend and also appears poised for strong growth.

We expect to plant the remainder of this year’s crop before the week is out, covering a total of 1.7 acres. The 2012 crop will cover the same space before an expected expansion to nearly seven acres at the start of 2013.

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Hooray for Rain! … Just Not Too Much of It

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Tuesday’s record high temperatures gave way to several hours of light steady rain this morning, which was exactly what Sunday’s planting needed.

The forecast for the rest of today and tonight calls for isolated severe thunderstorms with the possibility of hail, high winds and heavy rains. Keep your fingers crossed that we don’t get too much of a good thing, which would wash away our first planting and require a replanting.

Today’s rain is also a good for the second planting, which will go in the ground this weekend.

It’s Finally Here! Catnip Planting Season Begins at Lucky Badger Farms

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LINEVILLE, Iowa – The first day of catnip planting in 2011 finally arrived at Lucky Badger Farms Sunday after a long off-season that was prolonged by a cool, wet spring.

Temperatures climbed into the low 80s this afternoon and a brisk southeasterly wind as the first seeds went into the ground. Seed for about a third of this year’s 1.5-acre crop made it into warm, black Iowa soil.  Planting will continue over the next two weekends.

With temperatures expected to climb into the low 90s by Tuesday and the ground already dry, we’ll need a few passing rain showers to help this year’s crop get started.  Rain passed within six miles of us on Sunday night but not a drop reached the farm.  Isolated thunderstorms and showers are in the forecast over the next few days but the first likely chance of precipitation for out catnip-plants-in-waiting will be Thursday when a large front is expected to rumble across southern Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.