The Pinckney woman surveying Smith's produce stand on the corner of Packard and Stadium just asked if he had any greens. They trade a few happy memories of the collard greens, crowder peas, and okra that Ann Arborites won't eat. Smith's sign at the Circle K gas station is hard to miss. Readable from all five lanes of Stadium, it always lists just three items in big block letters: SWEET CORN, HONEY ROCKS, TOMATOES. In early August, though, his wheeled cart also carried cukes, eggplant, zucchini, green tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and new potatoes. A few days later, as if spurred to take on a challenge, he was selling fresh crowder peas and okra, too. Smith, a retired Ann Arbor firefighter (1973-1998)..."/>
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Hollis Smith at his farm stand

Hollis Smith talks produce

From firefighter to street vendor

From the September, 2011 issue

"Ann Arbor eats corn and tomatoes," says Hollis Smith, an amused smile playing on his face. "Greens don't sell too much over here. They sell in Ypsi." Was that a wink? Is Smith perhaps suggesting that Ann Arbor's vaunted appetite for diversity doesn't extend to summer vegetables?

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