Letter: Happy Dandy Day
Carbondale is about to celebrate its 17th annual Dandelion Day on Saturday, May 9, in our downtown Sopris Park. We are known as being the first “organic” town park in North America, as well as having the dandelion as its official town flower. Carbondale is known by several dozen dandelion countries around the world. The dandelion is one of the completely edible plants around the world, but also one of the most nutritious vegetables on Earth. The Pilgrims’ Mayflower is what brought dandelions to America from England.
The Flower: More vitamin A per unit volume than any other world plant. Can be used in making foods, wines and beers.
The Stem: Is OK to be used in salads and stir-fries. Most known around the world to be simply cracked open and have the white stem milk squeezed onto skin care problems to aid healing time by 50 percent. Also OK under bandages.
The Leaves: The No. 1 greens for any and all salads and cooking around the world. Leaf-squeezed green juice has been used over the last 125 years by European doctors.
The Roots: Used around the world for the last 500 to 1,000 years as a coffee substitute, but containing no caffeine. The grated and roasted dandelion roots have been used over the last century in making nut brown, porter and stout beers.
So bring all of your friends and families to Carbondale’s Dandelion Day on May 9 to help celebrate the happiest fun town day in Western civilization. Our Main Street-to-Seventh Street/Sopris Dandy Park parade starts at 10 a.m. You can be in it too; bikers and walkers only. Then our dandy park will be filled with many dandy booths covering foods, dandelion cookings, clothes, arts and artists, toys, kids’ games, as well as dandy T-shirts and hats. We will also have a world-class compost competition, so bring your own sampler. Compost prize donations will be from organic downtown shops; Mary’s Main Street Spirits, Sopris Liquor and Wine, and the Main Street organic food co-op.
Wow, happy ongoing Dandy Days fun and excitement.
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