''Mike Madison is a rare find: a person who possesses both the pragmatism required of a farmer and the keen eye for flawed human nature required of a humorist. [Blithe Tomato] is proof that it's an irresistible combination.''--Saveur
''[Madison's] short, sharp pieces draw readers into psychological landscape of a small-scale farmer, but they also reflect his observations of his customers: the people who swoon at the scent of lilacs, a colorful character he calls the Old Basque, and a man with a faraway look and a jittery woman (who finally appear grounded after Mr. Madison notices them hand in hand).''--The New York Times
''With a Chekhovian eye for detail, Mike Madison has assembled a fascinating group portrait of the fellow growers--endangered individualists all, eccentrics, recluses, dreamers, anarchists--who work the land of his extended neighborhood. Madison makes us appreciate not only how much mankind's labors form landscape but also how much the land molds character for better and worse.''--Stanley Crawford, author of A Garlic Testament
''Mike Madison is one of us--farms with humility, a fool to work so hard, hands with calluses while scratching out a good life in the earth--all the while musing about life passing before our fields.'' --David Mas Masumoto, author of Epitaph for a Peach and Letters to the Valley
In addition to the entertainment there's a large dose of history, philosophy and economics which I quite enjoyed and appreciated.
This collection of two-or three page mini-essays about various aspects of farming and the farmers' markets will please even the most city- of city-dwellers.
I encourage anyone to read this book, but especially those of you who enjoy farmer's markets, food, gardening and growing things.
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time; I immediately looked to see if he had anything else and found what
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This is a little gem of a book. The author is a fine writer, and the highly readable little vignettes and profiles are filled with insight, information, down-home philosophy and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by JeffS
The wit and depth of Mike Madison's observations are amazing. He has a very balanced perspective on thing deep as well as casual and does a great job articulating that. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by iwegaia
This was a great book. I find myself looking differently at the folks selling at the produce market. Read morePublished on October 29, 2009 by Brian Markowitz
I thorougly enjoyed this book. I wish the author would write a novel as he has a keen intellect and a talent for writing prose. Read morePublished on March 1, 2007 by James N. Luthin Jr.
Every once in awhile a book drops into your lap (even a blind nut catches a few squirrels!!) and you wonder why it's not better known. Well... Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by Thomas R. Hill