This is my favorite time of year! Why, you ask? The availability of fresh local food on my plate, the happy birds & bees, changing trees, and the cooler temperatures are just a few reasons. I have mentioned before that I am a member of the Iowa Valley Food Co-op. The Iowa Valley Food Co-op uses an online system for members to order fresh produce, meat and other local foods directly from the producers. This month’s offerings from local farmers will make you proud to be from Iowa. If you aren’t already a member, become one! If you need an extra incentive, Cindy Hadish at HomegrownIowan.com is offering a chance for you to enter a drawing to win a membership as a way to celebrate the season's bounty. To enter the drawing, just post a photo of your favorite vegetables, fruit or flowers any time during September on the Homegrown Facebook page, or describe one of your gardening successes in a comment on the page or on the Homegrown Iowan website. One name will be drawn at random on Oct. 1. Find details at: www.HomegrownIowan.com.