Tonight, we say goodbye to the Tomato Man.
Larry Donald Moore, 64 years young, departed this world in peace, November 9, 2009. Tonight was his visitation with interment tomorrow. I didn't stay long. Just long enough to pay my respects to his wife and daughters. It was the first time that I had ever seen him in uniform. I was so proud for him, and so sad. I don't do well in emotional situations...
Larry sold tomatoes. He sold other vegetables too, but you could always count on him to have tomatoes. He didn't grow them himself, but we didn't care. He brought in the customers far and wide. He always had a kind word, and a bite of something for the younguns. He took his troubles and disabilities in stride. He and his family didn't have much, but they always shared. Larry could be counted on for just about anything.
Just ask me.
At the beginning of 2006, I was unemployed and starving. I had survived radical surgery for cancer, and was going through chemo treatments. I couldn't work, and the farm was suffering. There was no garden, and I was just barely able to tend to the livestock. The prognosis was dire. I was trying to survive by peddling my wares at the Farmer's Markets....Hard to do when you have no crops....
Enter Larry and Family. They pretty much adopted me. Larry always managed to have "extra" produce that he couldn't sell. Funny, it was always something that I really needed. The season that my apple trees didn't bare, Larry suspiciously found a tree that no one was interested in harvesting. Then there was the truck load of strawberries that he "couldn't sell" ? Strange, huh? I wouldn't have made it without them.
Always, Larry had fresh produce for the Seniors at the Senior's center. He could always be counted on to support a new market....even when it was a waste of time. He was always the first to lend a hand, and the last to say a bad word about anyone. I wonder if anyone ever told him how much we appreciated him....I just hope that he knew.
The world has suffered a tremendous loss. Who will fill his shoes?
Goodbye Larry, and God Bless