Sunday, February 12, 2012
What Vegetable Is This?
Last night, I was in the grocery line and my checker was stymied by the long green squash on the belt.
What is this? She asked after struggling for a bit to look it up on her cheat sheet. It's a zucchini I said in my most polite, patient tone.
I'm used to checkers not knowing the difference between a serrano and a jalapeno. And there are now so many new produce varieties that even I have to look for the signs from time to time. But a zucchini?
That's such a common backyard veggie -- at least it should be -- that every child should know it on site by at least age 8.
I wasn't mad or frustrated that the checker didn't know, even though back in my days manning the register, we were required to learn all the produce and memorize codes so we didn't have to waste time looking items up. But I digress.
No, not mad or irritated. Just a bit sad and motivated to check back in with what's going on with urban ag in my area as we head into spring and our Midwest farmers kick their operations into high gear for the upcoming growing season.
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