Arvada was once known as the Celery Capital of the World!
Celery is eaten around the world as a vegetable. It’s related to carrots, fennel and parsley and can be enjoyed fresh or cooked in a meal. Per serving, the crunchy vegetable has 16 calories. It’s a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C. Even though celery is not technically a superfood, its anti-inflammatory qualities are a perfect complement to a healthy diet. Some believe celery has pain-relieving qualities, and studies show that celery juice can significantly reduce hypertension.
Even though celery is no longer grown in area, Arvada’s history includes being known as an agricultural hub due to its fertile soil. In the late 1800s, Arvada farmers grew corn, plums, cherries, melons, wheat and celery. In the early 1900s, the pascal celery grown in the city was regularly served at the White House during holiday meals, making Arvada the “Celery Capital of the World” at the time.
Need a great way to celebrate? Make ants on a log today! When you’re picking up celery, raisins and peanut butter at the store, buy a few extra items and drop them by Community Table on your way home. We always need peanut butter; canned meats, fruits and beans; and personal care items. We accept food donations Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.