Giant Picks

“Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.”  — Orson Scott Card

It’s official. I am living with the Jolly Green Giant–also known as the obsessive gardener. The obsession has gotten worse. Take a look at the size of tomatoes the green giant brings into the house.

Two and one-quarter pounds!

It takes a week to eat just one.

What do you do with a bumper crop of tomatoes? Besides giving them to anyone who will take them, there’s always tomato juice, tomato sauce, tomato soup, fried tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, broiled tomatoes, tomato salad, and tomato potatoes. You name it. We’ve had it. We’re oozing with lycopene!

 More giants: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Puffin, 2007), The Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale by Cherie B. Stihler (Sasquatch Books/Paws IV Children’s Books, 2003), The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck (Dial; 1st edition, 1998)

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