Letter: Happy Dandy Day! | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Happy Dandy Day!

Carbondale, right here in our Roaring Fork Valley, is about to celebrate its 14th annual Dandelion Day on Saturday, May 10. Because Carbondale is the first town in North America to have its downtown Sopris Park registered as being organic, as well as having our town declaring the dandelion as its official town flower, we are known as the Dandy Town by countries around the world.

The dandelion has been a vegetable plant around the world over the last 500 to 1,000 years, is also known as one of few plants that is completely edible:

• The yellow flower has more vitamin A per unit volume than any other plant in the world.

• The stem can be eaten or used as a salve for most skin problems.

• The leaves have more magnesium mineral per unit volume than any other green or vegetable. Plant blood is green due to chlorophyll. Animal blood is red due to hemoglobin. They are both interchangeable.

• The roots, when grated and roasted, have been known for centuries around the world as the No. 1 coffee substitute, and with no caffeine.

So Carbondale uses dandelions, on that Saturday, May 10, day, to start the morning 10 a.m. parade down Main Street to the Seventh Street Sopris — Dandy — Park. Then you can wander the park, which will be filled with many dandy booths covering foods, dandelion cooking, clothes, arts and artists, toys, kids games as well as Dandy T-shirts. There will be happy and organic music on the park stage for most of the day. We will also have a world-class compost competition going on along with a wonderful beer booth that includes our own local Roaring Fork Beer Co., which will have keg beer including dandelion flowers in a lighter brew and roasted dandelion roots in a heavier draft.

Wow, happy ongoing Dandy Days and fun and excitement in Carbondale and the U.S.A.

Internally and externally grateful on our planet,

Doctor Dandelion Philip


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