RochesterFest and Hy-Vee

Rochesterfest is celebrating 35 years of summer fun, June 17-25, 2017.  The mission of this weeklong event is to promote and celebrate the city of Rochester and southeast Minnesota annually by connecting people through a variety of wholesome, entertaining community events.

The kickoff event took place Wednesday, May 10 at City Hall.  Rochesterfest Button Chair Kristine Ihrke unveiled the winning design by Wes Duellman, sold the very first button to Mayor Brede and presented the 35th anniversary poster which includes all of the button designs from the past 35 years. 

Hy-Vee is proud to be a major sponsor of Rochesterfest by selling the buttons and posters ($5 each) at all four Rochester Hy-Vee locations. You will also find Hy-Vee in the parade on Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m.

For media coverage of the kickoff event, click here:

Painting on the Patio

by Sara Kelly, RD, LD

Coming up on Monday, June 5, your West Circle Hy-Vee dietitian is hosting a fun event: Painting on the Patio! Join us on our Market Grille Patio and we will be painting a unique sign to hang on your wall and show your Minnesota pride.

Participants will be painting this “Home” sign, featuring a cut-out of Minnesota. The signs are made from red oak by local company Unique Laser Gifts.  The sign measures 13.5″ wide by 14.5″ tall. Enjoy drink service from our Market Grille while you paint!

A variety of paint colors and brushes will be provided. (If you would like to provide your own paint, please email Sara at for information on the correct paint to bring.)

The event will be held outside on our patio, weather permitting. (Event will be held inside in the case of inclement weather) Limited space available, please register in advance by Thursday, June 1. Fee: $38. (Drinks ordered from the Market Grille not included in price. Small fee added to Eventbrite registrations).

Questions? Contact Sara at / 507-292-6004.

*Cancellation Policy: Any event cancellation must be received by e-mail at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled event time to receive a refund. All event cancellations, questions or concerns should be sent to Sara Kelly, RD, LD at*

Purchase tickets here!

Sara Kelly, RD, LD, CSG, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Science – Dietetics from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. She completed her dietetic internship at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Bay Pines, Florida. Sara has worked in several areas of clinical nutrition, including three years as an inpatient clinical dietitian at a large hospital in South Georgia, and two years as a renal dietitian at a dialysis center.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG). Sara is a registered, licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is passionate about healthy eating and has a special interest in geriatrics as well as vegetarian/vegan nutrition. Sara spends most of her free time chasing after her infant son, Weston. Sara provides a variety of services including store tours, cooking classes, health screenings (biometrics) and individual consultations, as well as answering questions in the aisles. You may contact Sara by email at View all of Sara’s posts here.

Fresh Funds at Hy-Vee

For the second year in a row, your Rochester Hy-Vee stores have partnered with Channel One on the Fresh Funds program.  Our goal was to fill the food shelf with fresh,
nutritious foods.

Throughout the month of April, customers were invited to donate $5, $10 or $20 at checkout.  The money was then deposited into a separate account for Channel One.

With the help of our customers, the Rochester Hy-Vee stores successfully raised a total of $4,870 through the Fresh Funds program. The food shelf receives 100 percent of the total amount collected and will use the funds to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products for the food shelf clients. 

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf currently serves 100,000 individuals throughout 14 counties.  Every month, 3,400 local families visit the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf. 

The Fresh Funds program is intended to help reduce hunger and obesity in Olmsted County.  It was adapted from Living Healthy in Washington County – Fresh Green Buck$ and is supported by the Olmsted County Statewide Health Improvement Program and Minnesota Department of Health. 

FAQ About Simple Fix

by Sara Kelly, RD, LD

  • What is Simple Fix? Simple Fix is a meal preparation workshop where we save you the time spent shopping and cleaning so you can focus on just assembling the meals for the week. Simple Fix is exclusive to Hy-Vee, and only offered at select stores.
  • Are there certain recipes we have to use? We have more than 100 recipes for you to choose from, including chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish and meatless meals. You can also submit your own recipes to us for review. We can accommodate most food allergies.

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