"That's great," I said. "What did you come up with?"
Farmer Small took me into the kitchen to show me his solution. "It's a cantaloupe, " he said proudly.
" Why isn't it still growing on the vine?" I asked.
"I figured I'd pick it before it got too big. You can tell what it is."
"Yeah, but it's not ripe - no one will eat that."
"You eat what we grow? "
"That's the point of the garden," I said.
"Not to me, said Farmer Small, I just grow it."
"You don't eat it?" I asked
He shot me a look of pity. "I'm plastic," he said, "I don't eat anything. You going to eat that big mystery vegetable?"
" I'm going down to see the Grumpy Farmer today, and if he knows what it is, I'll probably eat it."
"I'm not sure I'd trust that guy," said Farmer Small, but it's up to you."