Poem: Vibrant Vegetables (at the Ashland Growers Market)

Ashland Growers Market bounty, colorful red peppers,

Poem: Vibrant Vegetables (at the Ashland Growers Market)

Vibrant Vegetables

(at the Ashland Growers Market)

How many people these days
meet a farmer face to face? 

A farmer who has prepared the soil,
  planted the seeds,
  pulled the weeds,
  mothered tender plants,
  harvested at peak flavor,
  then appeared in person
  embodying all of that patient passion.

Passion for the earth,
for its potential bounty.
Passion through the endless patience required
to nurture from seed to harvest.
Passion even for me, for I will receive

A health-boosting smile
and kind words
to accompany the health-boosting
of vibrant vegetables

Co-created each season, each day of toil,
as the farmer collaborates with the Creator of All. 

Written by Peter Finkle, 2022.

  • Paula Hyatt
    Posted at 10:32h, 03 April Reply

    Our Grower’s Market is a true gem and we are very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of growers, food producers and artisans in our region. Thank you for your poem Peter and taking the time to recognize the integral role the market has in our community.

  • Cori Frank
    Posted at 13:10h, 07 March Reply

    I enjoyed this very much Peter, as someone raised on a farm and has been planting my own vegetables for many years…nothing like it!

  • Lynn Reid
    Posted at 15:23h, 06 March Reply

    Wonderful Peter! I can picture all the treats of fresh produce as I read this! There’s something special about wandering a Farmer’s Market that brings a smile

  • Tammi Mendels
    Posted at 14:41h, 06 March Reply

    Nice poem Peter, spoken like a true farmer!! We plant a small vegetable garden each year and it’s always a treat to harvest our veggies grown with love. Our tomatoes always taste so much better than what we buy in the grocery store. I’m always jealous of a real farmer who reaps their tomatoes weeks before we do!! We sometimes cheat and buy fresh tomatoes at the growers market!! Nothings beats a fresh garden tomato!!
    TY, Tammi

    • Peter Finkle
      Posted at 15:05h, 06 March Reply

      My wife and I also grow tomatoes in our home garden. However, I find the fresh-picked tomatoes at the Growers Market to be just as good — and sometimes better — than the ones we grow. What a great gift we have to be able to buy from local farms!

  • Andrea Good
    Posted at 13:33h, 06 March Reply

    Amen! 🙂

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