Tomato Christmas and rural health

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By Richard P. Holm MD

Our eldest son, who now lives in Brooklyn, NY, recently came home to South Dakota talking about how he “loves how he can see the stars and the Milky Way in the night sky, the morning tangerine sun rising in the east, and the space and lack of congestion in shelter-belted houses surrounded by fields of abundant crops, separating the miles between small towns.” Home-grown tomatoes here have even prompted him to deem August in South Dakota as “Tomato Christmas.” “It is so different than life in the city,” he says.

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