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Living Green Means Eating Green ... With a Dash of Iowa Garlic!

September 12, 2008

Des Moines, IA – Local food, garlic and good health all come together Saturday at the Corn Crib in New Madrid. The third annual Garlic Festival will feature tours of two organic farms, hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa. The farms are providing some of the local food featured at this year's festival.

Nationally known chef Donna Prizgintas will prepare the meal, which will emphasize garlic. She says eating "green" is good for you and the community.

"If you are buying carrots from California, that money goes to a big corporation in California. If you are buying from farmer Brown at the farmers' market, that money stays in Iowa and circulates in your community."

Over the last few decades, Prizgintas says, much of what we eat has been processed food--leading, in part, to the nation's obesity epidemic.

"A lot of this is tied to the way food is now marketed. The simple step is to shop at the local farmers' market, especially right now. We are at the peak of season."

The farm tour will begin at the Small Potatoes farm near Minburn at 1 p.m., then proceed to the Turtle farm near Granger to see one of the first operating community-supported agriculture programs in central Iowa, where certified organic fruit and vegetables have been raised since 1996.

Dick Layman/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - IA