Chipotle will give out free tomato plants at Como Zoo on Friday

Get your green thumbs ready, Twin Cities: Chipotle will be giving away 1,500 Roma tomato plants from Apple Valley's Pahl Farms at St. Paul's popular Como Zoo and Conservatory this Friday, June 13.

The giveaway is a celebration of Chipotle's fourth annual Chipotle Edible Garden at the Como Zoo and Conservatory.

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The zoo will hand out plants starting at 10 a.m. and go for as long as supplies last.

According to the Como Zoo and Conservatory's Chipotle Edible Garden page, staff harvested 1518 pounds of produce last year, 972.5 pounds of which went directly to the Saint Paul Recreation Centers for a variety of summer programs and cooking classes and 231.2 pounds that went to the Como Zoo's very own animals.

Farmer Gary Pahl says Pahl Farms will be responsible for not only the Roma tomato plants Chipotle will hand out to the first 1,500 Chipotle Tent visitors, but also all the other vegetables that will go in the zoo's garden this year, including cauliflower, peppers, and cucumbers.

"I think it makes people more aware of the fresh produce that's available to them," says Pahl.

Meanwhile, we just want people to be aware of all those zoo animals chomping on fresh local produce. Nom nom nom.

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