The Existential Tomato

If you’ve picked a perfectly ripe tomato off the vine and bitten into it with the tang of the leaves on your hand and waves of sun on your face, you can say, “I know what a tomato is!” Then you know tomato-in-the-world as opposed to tomato-as-ideal. This season, look for produce stands with brown cardboard magic marker signs. Stop by and see what they have. Buy something. Get real.

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