Some days are replete with characters, events, and conversations so provocative that you wonder how on God’s green earth that day isn’t the day described in some great novel. Other days are notably simple. They certainly aren’t a chapter from some great novel and many would describe them as bland. But Scout disagrees with all such negativity. That’s why he loved Day 2 of Scout’s Whole40 Challenge so much. It was a notably simple day. It was also the first day of autumn and that, in itself, is enough for any rabbit (or person) to love. Thus, in honor of simplicity and the season, Scout found a rather peachy way to spend an autumn day.
If you live near farms, farmers, and farmstands then you know how wonderful produce shopping can be. Californians enjoy this luxury year around and they’re fairly ungrateful. We know that’s a sweeping statement, but we stand by it because we’re some of them. Constant access to fresh produce is a given and we often forget that much of the world lacks food.
When Scout and I become greedy, Daniel reminds us how fortunate we really are. Please don’t misunderstand us and think Daniel is some kind of morality snob. He certainly doesn’t remind us outright. He’s just a sincerely thankful person and we’ve often considered why. In the end, we concluded that gratitude runs in his family.
If you live near farms, farmers, and farmstands then you know how wonderful produce shopping can be. Californians enjoy this luxury year around and they’re fairly ungrateful.
After all, His mother emigrated from Peru as a teenager and his father grew up in rural Illinois. The Frymire clan doesn’t come from money and they worked tirelessly to build healthy lives for their children. I say “healthy” versus “comfortable” because my in-laws consistently allowed their children to be uncomfortable. They allowed them to be uncomfortable with pretension, laziness, and the fact that other people suffer.
Each time Daniel comments on how fortunate we are to have fresh produce, Scout jumps up on the couch and looks at me. As we exchange a knowing nod, we resolve to banish snobbery from our lives.
In an effort to appreciate life’s simple joys, we headed to Pedrick Produce in Dixon, CA. If you haven’t been, then you should know that it’s a repurposed barn and grain silo. Inside, you’ll find luscious, organic produce from Northern California farmers.
You’ll also find some name brand goods. While this kind of commercialism might scare off devout hipsters, Scout and I appreciate the practicality of it because Pedrick Produce is part oversized farmstand and part corner bodega. Basically, they have it all. That includes this distinguished salsa selection.
As Scout and I leisurely perused Pedrick Produce’s offerings, we turned a corner and froze. There it was: our autumn simple joy! Pedrick Produce had row after row and bag after bag of autumn blaze peaches.
At only $1.19/lb., we couldn’t resist a whole bag of these penultimate peaches! As Scout counted out his $40/week Adventure Budget, he commented, “This is why you shop local!” He’s right. Shopping local not only supports local farmers, it’s also fresher and cheaper. This really was a peachy way to spend an autumn day!
Scout’s Whole40 Challenge Day 2 spending was minimal, but here it is anyway:
- Autumn blaze peaches: 3 lbs at $1.19/lb = $3.57 (Scout’s so gifted at mathematics.)
- Gas: FREE (That’s one of the guidelines if you carpool.)
- Stimulating conversation along the way: Anna will bill Scout later.
- GRAND TOTAL: $3.57 + whatever Anna bills Scout for her indispensable good company
Vacation in plain sight
Scout and I ate one, two, and then three peaches that afternoon. (Scout Tip: Don’t try this at home.) As we ate, we chatted about agricultural economics. If you’d like a full transcript of our conversation, please let us know. We’d also be more than happy to recommend a few Freakanomics podcasts on the subject. (Scout Tip: Click here for the podcast. Click. Click. Cliiiiick.) But if, by chance, you’re not curious about the intricacies of farm economics or how supermarkets helped us win the Cold War, we’ll share our final thoughts on the subject: farming is tougher than it looks and we’re very lucky benefactors.
My high school English teacher taught me to never write “in conclusion”, but I’m feeling bold so… In conclusion, simple days really are tiny vacations hidden in plain sight. They’re so easily overlooked and underappreciated. We may not want simple days every day, but some days, they feel just peachy! (Scout Tip: Don’t let Anna write any more sappy conclusions.)