Failing Market Economy

by Carolin Messier

Carrots Blushing Purple

The carrots blushed purple at the price being charged for them. After all, they were the result of toiling in the soil, peasants’ work, but the prices were as high as those on uptown restaurant menus. Damn it, this was America! Not some socialist state where factory workers and ditch diggers were as important as doctors and lawyers. Who did those farmers think they were, wanting to be paid a living wage for their hours under the sun and cold mornings up before sunrise? At this rate those leafy-topped taproots would end up in the food bank box at the end of the market with wilted greens and dried-out rootlets. They’d sit there for three more days before some immigrant woman from a country that ends in “stan” passed them over because she thought their purple hue meant they were rotten. She wouldn’t have understood what “organic heirloom varietal” meant even if the hand-lettered market sign had still been stuck in the bunches. People who don’t make a living wage can’t afford to pay for anyone else to either.