Oct. 17, 2019
ODE TO THE PMA
So, you’re going away to the PMA
The largest of all produce shows
The classes are passive
The show floor is massive
With rows upon rows upon rows
The vendors have eyes popping out of their head
To find the right name tags and show them their spread
The booths are elaborate to attract passers-by
In aisles sometimes thick and other times dry
There are K races, famous faces, and samples galore
Fourteen hours of madness then head for the door
Most people you meet will be special and fun
Many countries and families will see what you’ve done
The meals and evenings fill with half-hour slots
To meet and greet in your favorite spots
With everyone moving quickly
To get here or get there
We know this week’s newsletter
Won’t foster any care
So we offer this poem
In humor and cheer
Just remember when you return
That we are still here.
PRODUCE QUIZ – WHO AM I???
To some, I’m a buggy bean, to others, I’m religious bread, but I’m really just a pod. I am the fruit of an evergreen tree believed to have originated in Syria and have been cultivated since ancient times. Related to the tamarind tree I am famous for keeping John the Baptist from starvation while he was crossing the desert. My tree often survives over one hundred years, grows to about forty feet, while I am born from its small reddish flowers. My leathery skin is reddish brown and ranges in length from four to eight inches. I can stabilize, bind and gel, but I do not stimulate (it’s not in my contract). In fact, I am often used as a flavor substitute for products that do stimulate. My pod produces a powder and my seeds produce a gum, useful, eh? I contain 50% sugar so you can call me sweetie. Mint and cinnamon are my friends and we are often caught on a plate mixing it up. In my worst nightmare I am ground up and used as animal fodder, chewing tobacco, or dog biscuits, can you imagine? When I go uptown, I am a thickener in cool sauces, and excellent liqueur, and can also be found in cakes or candy bars. I am a rich source of fiber and protein with a low level of fat. If you scare me with a “boo”, I’d have to grow antlers.
Answer to last weeks quiz…KIWI…Congrats to all winners!
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