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Veggies FTW

By Aaron Hartman, April 30, 2020

We remember so much and so little.

We associate people and places with sense memories. Aunt Ida’s perfume. Wet socks. The theme song to an old TV show.

And we assign people in our lives with seemingly random iconography. Her hair, his accent, their car.

A client from five years ago recently asked me to help sell his house I’d helped him buy. When his number came up on my phone, warm thoughts of fresh vegetables flooded my brain. And I thought: I guess that’s what I think when his name comes up. 

He was a cool guy when we worked together years go, buying his first home; a 1 bed, 1 bath in Cully. His house closed about three months before my son was born.

Without prompting, my client dropped off a box of home-grown vegetables that was like the bounty of Eden. Green, red, leafy, crunchy – still warm from the sun.

Of course I’d never forget such a lovely gesture. We’d been in touch over the years. But that’s how I see this guy. Warm, crunchy, and sweet.

He dug up his back yard farm before selling – he’s on to the next adventure gathering no moss .

I love this job and I’m thankful to be able to work with people I like.

Aaron Hartman



Aaron Hartman is a long-time Portlander with a deep understanding of the neighborhoods and architecture that make this town such a special place to live. Whether he's helping you locate your dream house or helping you sell the one you already own, Aaron's knowledge, energy and laser-like attention to detail will make your real estate process make sense. Aaron has been involved in the Northwest independent music community for nearly two decades. He has traveled all over the place and always looks forward to coming home to the best city to live in Portland, Oregon.
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