I now have an opening in my circle of friends if you're interested.
What my ex-associate actually sent me to, was the Rancho Vignola seed, nut, and dried fruit sale. I remember the lady at the door who welcomed us to the event using those words clearly, although probably not as clearly as she remembers me since I'm sure I was the only person all day who had the color drained out of his face at the mere mention of the exposition's name. The hostess seemed sincerely concerned for my well-being as a kind of dazed look spread across my face, yet when she asked if there was anything she could get me I refused, as all I could picture was her throwing handfuls of bird seed at me in an attempt to snap me back to reality. I began to turn my daughter around to leave when I overheard one of the other hostesses explaining how the event worked to another couple, and then she used those two magic words that always stop me in my tracks...."free samples".
Alright, let's give this thing a shot. I grabbed the clipboard and with the list of everything that was available for sampling, Neve and I joined in the line of people making their way along the tables. It didn't take long to realize that we were a little out of our element however. The first place the line bogged down was over a discussion as to whether the dry roasted organic soy nuts were better in salted or unsalted form. The second involved something about unsulphured crystallized chunks of ginger. After that we decided to cut out of line and go in search of samples covered in chocolate.
Fortunately, they weren't that hard to find. In fact, it was the only space in the tables where there wasn't a crowd, suggesting again that perhaps my daughter and I weren't exactly the target audience for this exposition. That was OK with us though, and we appreciated the extra space while we were enjoying our samples of chocolate almond bark and white chocolate covered cherries.
|Don't try these if you've already consumed any form of caffeine in your day!|
|Hmmm...I just can't taste the sulphur...|
Pineapple Rings - Sweetened - 2lb bag - $10.00
Pineapple Rings - Natural, Unsulphured - 2lb bag - $22.60
|Neve with our bag of Sweetened Pineapple Rings|
Written by Steve Pratt