“Is that tomato fresh”, asked the third grader who found me on the front porch last September sitting behind several pots of tomato plants with tomatoes ripening on the vine. She clutched a school fundraising flyer in her hand. She was enchanted by the jungle of plants on the porch and how it felt to be behind them looking out at the nearby street. It was good to hear that she knew “fresh” food was important but disturbing to realize she had no idea what it meant. “It’s no wonder we are having a country-wide health crisis”, I thought. I sent her home with a perfectly ripe brandy-wine tomato in a paper bag to share with her mother. I didn’t even try to explain organic, or heirloom and just hoped that when she got home her mother let her eat a tomato from a stranger and that her tongue delighted in the flavor of a just-picked fruit.
(This photo is from a couple years ago. My tomatoes aren’t quite ripe yet.)
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