Day 85 and 86: Napa Valley Celery Tasting

No animals were harmed this weekend, in Napa or anywhere else on the planet. I promise.


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This weekend we’ve gone to Napa, to attend a vegetable auction and buy a carrot.

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This is the Napa Town and Country Fair and it’s great.

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There’s music, barbecued fruit, rides, vegan funnel cakes, and farm equipment (both antique and brand new).

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None of the old tractors have cup holders, but the new ones do. Cups must be a recent invention.

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Yep, there’s even a demolition derby. Awesome.

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If this isn’t the best bumper sticker ever, it’s surely in the top five.

In the livestock area, there are carrots, turnips, tomatoes, mushrooms, and all sorts of other critters. The veggies are being auctioned off by the pound, so it’s important to know how much a giant pumpkin weighs.

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I’m totally bidding on that piñata.

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Inside it’s bustling, and there’s free food and beer.

The auction sounds something like this:

“Folks, number 308 is up next, and what a beauty.
We’ll start the bidding aaaat…
TWOdollartwodollarbeautifulraddishfolksletssee
THREEiseeFOURdoiseefourfittyfourfittyfourfitty
folksyoudontwannamissthisone
FIVEfivefiveletsseefivefitty
yesmaam
fivefitty?yousir-fivefitty?
SIXdollargoodhoggoodhogit’sabeautifulraddish
let’sseesixwhere’ssixsixsix…
…and SOLD the raddish five fifty gentleman in blue.
Now number 309 look at this one folks do I hear
threedollarthreedollarTHREEfourdollarFOUR…”

You’ve gotta be quick if you want to get a carrot here.

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My brunette is fast like a farm ninja.

Once the word SOLD is shouted, there’s some paperwork to do.

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…and we get to meet and talk to the person who raised the carrot.

These prices (typically $3 to $5 per pound) are way above market value, but the point is to support 4H and Future Farmers, and get an extra-tasty hand-raised vegetable. One of the kids is giving the money to cancer research, in honor of his mom. His rhubarb goes for more than $18 a pound, which gets a big cheer.

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Megan, the young lady who raised our carrot, has just joined the Army’s airborne division.

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Rob tries to distract them, but when my muse and Ashley are together, they’re unstoppable. They’re so good at bidding that we’ve ended up with two carrots.

But what happens to the pig? What pig? I didn’t see a pig.

Mmm… carrot strips.

The rest of the weekend is a nice relaxing time in Napa. We’re staying with our friends (thanks guys!). My muse cooks dinner (and excellent dessert, yay!), and there’s good wine and that brilliantly easy perfect-weekend tempo.

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Random assertion: Being a farmer means being a botanist, vet, engineer, mechanic, architect, stock broker, computer tech, and meteorologist, all at the same time. It means being smart and strong.

Steganographic data: 1864/4.1

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