We had a disaster happen on Saturday. Our cold room went out. No cooling at all. For people who deal in produce, this is one of the worst things that could happen. We quickly realized we needed two essential parts to fix the cold room, but they couldn’t be put in place until Tuesday. This was a huge problem, because we would need the cold room on Monday, to hold the produce we put together for a big CSA delivery, as well as deliveries to lots of restaurants on Tuesday. For a moment, we considered simply canceling everything. With no cooling, there can be no fresh produce.
Then Jay had an idea! One of the local growers we get produce from, Norman Baucom, has a state of the art cold room. He grows blackberries, and they are not in season right now. Jay texted him and asked if he could please do a neighbor a favor, and within an hour the problem was solved. Norman quickly offered to fire up his cold room and let us use it as long as we needed. This is how the world should work.
Although we only have a business relationship with Norman, we get blackberries from him for our CSA members and restaurants, he graciously offered whatever we needed to solve this big problem. This reminds me of how things worked in days gone by. He didn’t ask for money. He didn’t even hesitate. He didn’t ask for anything. He simply said “Sure. You can use it for as long as you need”. Wow.
We live in the town of Unionville. We still have some vestiges of this type of neighborly kindness. There is another grower in the community who raises chickens, who needed our tractor because his wouldn’t do the job. We didn’t hesitate to give it to him. Soon, a load of manure (compost gold) showed up at our house. I just love how this type of community caring happens.
I love this place. Praise God for North Carolina!
Eat your fresh and refrigerated veggies!