This Fridge Magnet Shows a Traditional Corn Crib From the State of Iowa
Throughout the rural United States, visitors see farm buildings with a distinctive color code: white and red. An example is this picturesque red-painted corn crib and elevator from the central American state of Iowa. In these farms, the buildings inhabited by humans were traditionally painted white while those that were barns, chicken coops, corn cribs and similar buildings were given a coat of brilliant red. According to folklore, the traditional white paint called "whitewash" was made on a limestone base while red paint was made with iron oxide. The white paint was considerably more expensive and so was only used on the more important houses, while the cheap red paint was reserved for the less "showy" farm buildings. While today the two colors have the same price, the idea of a red barn and white farmhouse was so imprinted upon the American imagination that to this day most barns and other farm structures are given a coat of red.
Iowa is Part of America's Corn Belt
The central plains of the United States are one of the world's richest corn-growing areas, especially the states of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas. The United States, largely upon this bounty, produces 40% of the world's corn (maize), though much of this is destined to be fed to cattle and hogs in the recently developed industrialized food system. This region relies so heavily upon corn that it became known as the "Corn Belt" and was traditionally characterized by small family farms around a central town dominated by a tall grain silo - the type of landscape that defined Superman's home town of "Smallville, Kansas." While much of this culture has declined over the years due to falling corn prices and farm consolidation, many of these small towns still survive and hold onto much of their charm, welcoming visitors with abundant hospitality and hearty meals.