Better Business through Tomatoes
- Published: Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:11
- Written by Super User
Saturday, I had the pleasure of being a judge in this year’s annual Great Tomato Taste Off, held at the Poulsbo Farmers’ Market. I sampled 43 tomatoes, and was surprised by the nuanced flavors and scents of this humble garden staple. I grew some pretty nice tomatoes myself this year, and was pleased by my success (not an annual feat in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to relatively cool summers.) But after tasting some of those contest entries, I learned something.
I don’t know nearly as much as I thought I knew about growing tomatoes.
Life is like that. Just when you think you know something well, you get an opportunity to find out there is more to learn. I know some find that frustrating; I find that fascinating. I can think of nothing more fulfilling than to always be learning something new. Or more about something old. When my brain is challenged, I’m having fun.
Recently, I took a week-long course in the basics of economic development. No particular reason other than I thought it would be fun. It was. I was challenged in ways I hadn’t imagined. It was like being back in college, only without the pressure of grades or the temptation of parties. I learned—again—that there is so much more to learn. Will I take the next level courses in this same field? Maybe. Or maybe I’ll find something new to learn. I took a course in celestial navigation once, and never intended to be stranded in the middle of an ocean without electronics. But what I learned about a compass and a sextant gave me a great analogy one time with an otherwise stubborn client.
You never know when something you learn will become something to share. Like a good tomato.