Garden volunteer Beth Heggeness called out to the fourth and fifth grade students in her care, “Pick only the red ones!”
Teams of students were crawling through garden beds eagerly seeking out cherry tomatoes. They were gathering every single fallen fruit no matter its color, but only the red or orange ones from the vine. Shoving tomatoes eagerly into team bags, each group hoped they would “win” the harvest.
“We checked for the obviously unripe green ones,” Beth says as she announces which team’s bag weighed more.
And then, finally, they had the opportunity to taste the little tomatoes grown in their school garden.
A chorus arose, “mmmm, deliciosos, mmmm, muy saborosos.”
A small voice asked, “Are there more?”