CEDAR FALLS — With apologies to the Iowa Public Television show of the same name, there’s an “Iowa Ingredient” missing from the Cedar Falls Community Gardens on Lincoln Street.
Onions. Bunches of them.
Earlier this week, “a bandit interested in onions struck the Cedar Falls Community Gardens,” the nonprofit Cedar Falls Community Gardens group reported on its Facebook page. “The first report came from a garden that is covered on all sides and over the top with bird netting. Half of the gardeners’ row of onions were totally missing, no debris, just holes in the ground and the netting was intact! Next door, the onions were also picked over, though there are outer onion skins laying at the edge of the garden.”
Garden committee members “spoke with another nearby neighbor of the original victim and they were also missing onions and perhaps a nearly ripe tomato or two,” the Facebook post continued. “A garden walk-though found a few other plots where you could see recent onion pulls in rows and outer skins scattered in the pathways. We’re not sure if a garden owner was harvesting or if our bandit is gleaning across the whole area.
“The evidence so far seems to indicate we may have a two-legged bandit as the deer and raccoons are not so selective or so neat,” the post noted.
Cedar Falls Police are giving the garden area extra attention.
Cedar Falls City Council member Nick Taiber, a founding member of the Cedar Falls Community Gardens, said, “I pity the person. ... I hope they get their due in court or in karma.”
The gardens, in the Cedar City area, were part of a redevelopment plan for properties affected by previous floods.
The Cedar Falls Community Gardens organization has its own Facebook page and a website, cfcommunitygardens.org.