There is a Mennonite community not too far from my home where I love to go whenever I can. Secretly, I wish I could live there, away from a lot of people, the internet, radios, and television. The Mennonites only get news of what is happening in the nearby towns or in the world if people stop by to tell them or if they go into town for supplies. They only have an internet connection so that customers can use their ATM cards.
In this little community is a country store that sells fresh produce, cheese and butter, bags of flour, grains, homemade candies, jams, and spice blends, knives, books, seeds, and other foods, and you can grind your own peanut butter in a variety of blends: plain, honey, or chocolate. They also have a deli with meats, cheeses, and homemade bread, and they make sandwiches for the customers who want them. Oh, and recently, they added homemade pastries.
This is my favorite place to shop for my produce. Today I got some beautiful strawberries and blueberries for 99 cents per box, cantaloupes for 99 cents each, bananas for 19 cents per pound. I also picked up a big beautiful tomato to go with the cucumbers I got out of my garden.
Here are some pictures of the place...
This place makes me smile. Sometimes my husband and I will go out there, buy a couple of sandwiches, and sit on the picnic table that is on front porch of the store, or else on the tailgate of our truck while we eat them. It is so peaceful out there. Chickens, roosters, ducks, cats, and peacocks roam freely. I hate to leave when it is time to go and I think I could stay there forever.
When I drove up today, there was a gorgeous peacock standing on the picnic table outside the store but before I could get my phone and take his picture, he had jumped down and was walking away. Here's a shot I got of him as he was leaving (sorry about the shadow)...
So Lemons. consider this my post for the bonus of our challenge this week. It takes me more than 30 minutes to get there and back (in the sunshine and beautiful scenery of rolling hills and rivers) and that doesn't even begin to count the time I spend there...smiling.