Sunday, August 6, 2017

Garrison Keillor Writes about Our Farmers Market - Kind Of

English: Super Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes
English: Super Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The first part of his piece says:

"So. We have a vulgar, unstable yoyo with a toxic ego and an attention deficit problem in the White House and now we can see that government by Twitter is like trying to steer a ship by firing a pistol at the waves, not really useful, but what does it all add up to? Not that much, if you ask me, which you didn’t, but I’ll say it anyway.

We will survive this."


But then he talks about the magic of the farmers market:

"What matters are tomatoes. There is an excellent crop this year, like the tomatoes of our youth that we ate right off the vine, juice running down our chins. There is nothing like this. For years, I dashed into supermarkets and scooped up whatever was available, tomatoes bred for long shelf life that tasted like wet cardboard, and now I go to a farmers’ market and I’m astonished all over again. A spiritual experience. The spontaneity of the tomato compared to the manufactured sweetness of the glazed doughnut. An awakening takes place, light shines in your soul. Anyone who bites into a good tomato and thinks about Mr. Trump is seriously delusional."

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