A Day of Firsts


It’s a day of firsts, the first beet of the year. Is it good enough for the market? How does it taste?



Will this be the first cabbage of the season? It’s a race with the cabbage around to see which will be the first to pluck.


The first cucumber flower of the season.


Not the first rose of the season, but the first time I noticed that a rose blooms in the parking lot of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op in Mt. Vernon. I was coming out of the co-op and noticed someone admiring them. I’d never noticed them before and had to admire them too. They are in a drab situation, next to the dumpsters, surrounded by asphalt, and growing out of barrels, and yet as beautiful as any rose blooming in any garden.

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