Farmer’s Market

Gentle Reader: A summer Saturday morning means I head for the farmer’s market. Today’s irony: one vendor had kohlrabi the size of cantelope and garlic the size of key limes.

I came home with red swiss chard, sugar snap peas, and new potatoes (white ones) the size of golf balls. The tiny woman selling the potatoes had surrendered several front teeth many years ago and smiling face was simply delightful. She held the bag so I could choose whichever potatoes I wanted but said she would fill the bag if I didn’t want to get my hands dirty. How could I? Her potatoes were about as clean as they could be without scrubbing the skins off and yet they still had those lovely bits of papery flakes of skin.

I was quick to say that anyone coming to a farmer’s market and not wanting to get their hands dirty sure didn’t grow up in North Dakota.

Author: Bonnie Larson Staiger

Winner 'Voices of the Plains and Prairies Poetry Award' by NDSU Press. My chapbook, 'Destiny Manifested' is scheduled for release Nov 4, 2018. Fascinated with the fusion of the written word on the printed page. On my blog, North Dakota Roots, I share poetry and observations about life.

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