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#FF — Taste of Heaven


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Dawn-to-dusk they nurture the orchard. The trees give them life by their fruit. Billi and the rest are rotated one day a week to sell their pomegranate products.

Three at a time they go, loading the truck before dawn then filling the stand with cool freshness. City people appreciate them but often take them for granted. Many times customers haggle over prices; but there is no room to haggle if the farm and its laborers are to continue.

Billi, Jer, and Ona enjoy morning shade and small talk. By ten, the queue is long for a taste of heaven.

[99 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the energetic host of Friday Fictioneers.

55 thoughts on “#FF — Taste of Heaven

    1. Thank you, Na’ama, so glad you “get it.” I read a good portion of a book called, “Four Seasons in Five Senses,” by David Masumoto, a CA peach grower, and it made a big impact on my perceptions.

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  1. Few people realize the work that goes into any family business, or any creative endeavor that needs skill and patience. Mass production has devalued the worker. We need to consume less, and pay people a living wage for what they do. (K)

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    1. I think it depends where you’re holidaying and what you’re trying to buy. I remember in Greece my son was thinking of buying a watch from a street vendor. My son was refusing to haggle, and was eventually dismissed by the vendor with the words, “You go shopping like a girl!” But I would never haggle in a Greek produce market – and they’re such good value anyway!

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      1. Penny that makes sense, not a blanket rule nor faux pas. My mom taught me to haggle at yard sales and now it’s difficult not to when I go to them — which it’s been years now, as I already have enough junk! — but I would never haggle over fresh produce. As someone said already, I’ve seen the labor that goes into it from trying a home garden and have known a few farmers and know how hard they work.

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  2. Farmers and farm laborers have physically demanding jobs that provide us all with food. I couldn’t bring myself to haggle over their prices! Even growing a few vegetables as a hobby is hard work (in my opinion).
    Well-written and thought-provoking, Li.

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    1. Thank you, Dave! Friday Fictioneers is a great group of flash fiction writers. Each week we all write to the same photo, and the photo is usually one that has been taken by one of the group. This one was taken by our fearless leader, Rochelle. If you have ever thought about writing flash fiction, this is the place to do it.


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