There was a large agricultural convention and State Fair in town when they arrived which interested the Master. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited the agricultural exhibition and spent some time exploring it. He visited a display of agricultural machines, asking about their cost and use, then went to the area where fruits and vegetables were displayed. As He examined the grapes, apples, pears, pomegranates, cabbages and very large pumpkins, He praised American agricultural progress. When the section manager saw his exotic visitor he rushed over to be introduced, then accompanied ‘Abdu’l-Bahá through the area, offering him samples of fruit (though sale and consumption were prohibited). Afterwards, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá directed his attendants to buy seeds of some of the fruits and flowers to be sent to the Holy Land to be planted at the shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.

Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 208-209