post by Jennifer Carter
I have a conundrum for all you mystery and suspense writers out there, and I'm looking for possible theories to explain it. Since I will be the first to admit that my writing has never been accused of being action-packed or suspenseful (I'm more of a character-driven kind of gal), I struggle to come up with a plot twist that would suitably account for my experience this weekend.
Let me explain--I went to the farmers' market in downtown Fort Collins, feeling good about my choice as a consumer to "buy local," which seems to be "the new black" as far as grocery shopping is concerned. But I happen to love the concept anyway, plus I was so excited to see some nice red tomatoes there ready to buy. Since my tomatoes are still green marbles, I handed over the cash and the lady behind the table handed me a little bundle of red bliss, still on the vine. Imagine my dismay, then, when upon picking up one to eat a day or two later, I found a sticker on the bottom that said "produce of Mexico"!!
I can't help but think the Russian spy ring had something to do with this--a sneaky attempt to undermine the local community fabric and trust, playing on our worst fears of unsustainability and clandestine pesticides. Where is James Bond when we need him, here at the farmers' market?
In all seriousness, I will never buy produce at the market without first asking where it came from. But in all fun-ness, I want to hear your wildest explanation about the mystery of the imported tomatoes! Consider it a free novel and/or story idea that you can do with as you wish. I know, you're welcome. But let's start with commenting to swap theories!