Last Thursday morning, I went on my normal routine to the little veggie market, Marina Farms. When I was almost there, something just didn’t look right. The gates were down. There wasn’t any fruits that were being put outside. It was just weird. For a second, I thought it may have something to do with health department.
When I was still wondering what was going on. I saw a city official guy who had a mask on. I walked toward him and asked whether he knew what happened. He told me that there was a fire last night and the place is closed now. I just couldn’t believe it. I walked to the front door, and I can see the “Closed until further notice…” sign. I looked to the right, the windows were blackened out by smokes. I continued to walk to the left side of the store. And there was a big pile of burnt boxes, papers and stuff. At the back of the store, there were some blackened watermelons and oranges. Sad……
I come to the Market at least twice a week. I got all my fruits and vegetables from here. Marina Farms is the only store in the area that sell many Asian ingredients, like Thai chilies, lemon grass, assorted mushrooms, daikon, Asian pears, and lychee. I don’t know where I can find all these stuff now. The worst is that I know almost all the staffs in there. I talked to the staffs all the time. I am so thankful that no one got hurt.
A mid-night 30-minute fire destroyed everything. According to a news article, Marina Farms can be closed for 6 months. I never knew the closing of the Market would have been an impact on me. Other than the fruits and veggies, I wouldn’t be able to see everyone in the Market. Marina Farms is part of my neighborhood and part of my life. It reminds me to never take anything for granted and cherish everything I have.
I wish Marina Farms can come back earlier, and I will be patiently waiting for it to reopen.
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