I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: What's the best part of your local farmers' market in the summer?

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Kristin: The tomatoes! Definitely the tomatoes! They have so many different kinds. I've given up growing tomatoes in my own garden. I never got all that many tomatoes for the work I put into growing them anyway. This year I figured, Why bother when there are all these incredible tomatoes I can buy at the farmers' market?

John: Everything is great at the farmers' market in the summer. Except the crowds.