A tomato with some character
By Holly Fesperman LeeSalisbury Post
When David Garling and Cindi Graham pulled a tomato off their vines recently, they were immediately inspired to enter it in the Post’s Garden Game.
“David picked it and thought it looked like Snuffy Smith,” Cindi said.
David also added a hat, meant for his pet pomeranian, to make the tomato look more like the comic strip character.
“He just decided it needed the hat. He really gets most of the credit for this,” she said.
“It was kind a freaky how a tomato would look like a person,” Cindi said. But, she added, it sure did, “especially with the little hat on.”
Cindi said the garden the vegetable came from his her first, but David has planted a few things before.
Lee Piper, a neighbor who lives nearby, invited others in the neighborhood to start their own gardens on her property since she had room.
“It’s the three of us really. She’s got the biggest garden. We just kind of put some things in,” Cindi said.
They grow tomatoes, squash, peppers, and cantaloupes.
Cindi said her first experience has been fun. “But it’s a lot of work. I have respect for farmers.”
Since Snuffy was too small to eat, David and Cindi left him on a friend’s desk.
“He’s probably in the trash can now,” she said.
Cindi isn’t sure if she’s going to try gardening again next year.
“I don’t know. I’ve gotten tons of bites from it and poison oak. I think I might go to the farmers market. I’m a city girl. I’ll probably end up buying (vegetables),” she said.
“We’ll see what happens next May when I forget about all the work I’ve had to do.”
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If you have an interesting vegetable, contact Wayne Hinshaw at 704-797-4296 to make sure a photographer is available and that it meets Garden Game standards.