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A Farm Stand In South Salem, New York-Reminder of Days Gone By

A Bounty of Fresh Vegetables

Today was a whirlwind, my pugs, Izzy and Nando have had some medical problems and today I had to take Nando for a biopsy. My Veterinarian’s office is Upstate, New York. It’s a 62 mile drive one way but totally worth it for me. Once you find someone you trust implicitly as I do Dr. Seo distance has no meaning. I had to be there by 9AM, left my house very early Izzy and Nando in tow. To say I was nervous and worried is an understatement. The “C” word came up when Nando was examined last week and I feared the worst. You see, I have been through this multiple times with my other pets and no matter how many times you go through it doesn’t get easier. Luckily, Nando was scheduled as the first procedure so I knew I would not have to wait long for word on how he was. Rather than sit in the waiting room I decided to go get a cup of coffee with Izzy and my friend Steve who kindly drove me and the pugs upstate today. We have been there many times and each time we notice signs across the street from the vets office for a farm stand, fresh corn, tomatoes, squash and eggs. I thought it would be nice to wander over there and see what they have. As we walked up the driveway and passed the quaint beautiful little house we noticed the rows and rows of corn and other vegetables growing. It was idyllic and beautiful, but I could not figure out where the farm stand was. A car pulled into the drive way so we asked him where we could buy the vegetables and he pointed to a covered stand in back of the house, he said the farmer who owns the stand is not there and we can take what we like on the honor system. There is a box to put the money, just weigh what we want and leave the cash in the box. I think I looked at him like he had two heads, being from Brooklyn, and living in the city that is unheard of. I made my way to the little stand and there were rows of fresh tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers and other vegetables. On the side was a cash box with a simple hand written sign directing you to slip the money in the slot and a cup filled with change and bills and a sign that told you to use it if you need to make change. I carefully picked the vegetables I wanted, weighed and recorded the amount for each on a piece of paper, I slipped my money into the slot and left. As I was walking away I felt like I had been transported back to a kinder gentler time. This man trusted people to do the right thing, and I am sure most would do exactly that. It made me feel good that he trusted his fellow man enough to leave his farm stand full of produce, a cash box and cup full of money out there. I wish I had thought of taking pictures of the stand but my mind was elsewhere, but I’m sure you get the picture.

When I walked back to the office Dr. Seo was walking around outside looking for me, he said Nando was fine, he is cautiously optimistic  about the results and I will know possibly the end of this week. I felt relieved and still remain optimistic that the biopsy results will be benign,

Izzy and Nando together as always in docs office.

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Maria Stickel #

    So delightful to hear about your sweet experience. We had quite a few farms near us like that when we lived in Saratoga. We hope and pray Nanda is ok. Love to you all.

    Sent from my iPhone

    August 28, 2012
    • Thank you so much Maria, this is my cousin everyone!!! I too pray that Nando will be ok, I so love farm stands and just don’t see them in my neck of the woods. This was a delightful experience. Hope to see you soon!

      August 28, 2012
  2. Great story and a good ending for the moment. My Maltese/poodle had a sarcoma removed from his left elbow some months ago. Not a good biospy result but my beloved vet/friend felt confident that it wouldn’t return for some time. My boy is doing fine and teaching me to live in the moment – we have tender times each day and all is good at the moment. Looking forward to meeting you Suzanne when I come to New York in January.

    August 28, 2012
    • I am so glad your malti-poo is doing well. Even if the biopsy results are not good I plan to enjoy every moment with him and know and trust that he is getting the best care possible. I too really look forward to meeting you in January!! If you need a place to stay let me know, I have room!!

      August 28, 2012
  3. petit4chocolatier #

    Wonderful story. I grew up with farmers selling their sweet corn with only small cardboard boxes out for cash or change. It is lovely to hear that it hasn’t changed much in Upstate NY. Please let me know what Nando’s results are. I understand what you are going through.


    August 28, 2012
    • Thanks Judy, it was very foreign to me and very refreshing. I will let you know how Nando does.

      August 28, 2012
  4. dev #

    amazing story…hope all’s well with Izzy and Nando!

    August 28, 2012
  5. A day at the farm sounds like so much fun 🙂
    Fresh and beautiful!

    Choc Chip Uru

    August 28, 2012
    • It was really nice getting out of the city even though it was not really a pleasure trip. It’s so nice to see something other than concrete and breathing in exhaust fumes. Thanks so much.

      August 29, 2012
  6. I can do that with tomatoes, peppers, etc. I just put out a wheelbarrow and a ball canning jar for money. I’ve never had anyone dishonest yet! 🙂 What is leftover, I take to work and give away. I’ll keep you and Nando in my prayers, and yes, stay positive my friend! I know your dogs are your babies, just like mine.

    August 29, 2012
    • Thanks Suzie, I am on pins and needles waiting for biopsy results. Visiting that little farm stand yesterday was just what I needed, very positive.

      August 29, 2012
  7. What a great story, I felt like I was RIGHT there with you–lovely produce to take away with you, too 😉

    August 29, 2012
    • Thank you very much, the produce is beautiful and I love the farmer I have never met for his trust.

      August 29, 2012
      • dev #

        Suz…now I understand what a blog is…great forum for self expression

        August 30, 2012
  8. dev #

    and group communication…didnt really know what blogging was all about before.

    August 30, 2012
  9. Hoping for the best in regards to your dog. As I am sure you have read we have had some issues with our kitty. I know why you drive far for your dog. Our vet is very close but does not take appointments. So I am waiting probably as long as your drive is but you do it for the vet you trust and for your pet.

    September 2, 2012
  10. Yes, I have read about the kitty, I am sorry you are having issues. I got very good news on Friday. the Doc said that the tumor is benign, Was so happy, really sweating “C”. I am glad Dr. Seo has appointments if I had to drive 2 hours then wait in line I would go crazy. Hope all is well, it’s really good when someone understands about these things. Thanks so much for the encouragement and good thoughts.

    September 2, 2012
  11. Suzanne, Loved hearing from you, and you’re right it’s been a while. This summer has gone by so fast, yikes, I have been out of touch with so many of my food friends! I’m so happy to hear about Nando’s good news ♥

    September 12, 2012
    • OH! I forgot to mention that I live in a rural area where fresh produce and flowers can be bought using a cash box…cheers to trusting !

      September 12, 2012
      • I had never seen anything like that before and think its so charming. I was shocked to see the level of trust but it must be a very different world in rural areas.

        September 12, 2012
    • Thank you, very relieved about Nando. When our pets are not well it’s not only frustrating but so scary.

      September 12, 2012

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