“Matt and Mandy,” Friend, July 2010, 42 Matt and Mandy Imagefamily in the vegetable garden Illustrations by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki I found a ripe tomato! You’re quite right, my dear. The panel of judges concurs that this is an authentic and magnificent ripe tomato—the first of the season. Bring forth the royal platter! Assemble the solemn procession! We will bear these first fruits of our labors to the tasting chamber! Rejoice, for Tomato Time has come again! As we enjoy our first taste of Tomato Season 2010, let’s think of all the hard work that went into this moment. I ask you again as I ask you every year: is this tomato merely tasty? No! It’s super-duper delicious!