This week we nerd out on tomatoes (available June-October). Social distancing has made it difficult to meet new people. But, through food, I managed to socialize more than I was expecting. I’ve been corresponding weekly with a couple dozen local farmers since April to share social media updates about who will bring what to the Tuesday and Saturday Berkeley farmers markets. Although I’m immersed in these farmers markets, it’s a digital immersion more than anything because I limit outings as much as I can. But I have my weaknesses and Elephant Heart plums got me out of the house and into Tuesday’s market. And that’s how I met my new friend, Efrén.

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