Thomas: Speaking of Calvert County, what do you like best about where you live?
Sheila: I love the food in Calvert County. I love being able to go to the farmer’s market, or stop at one of the roadside stands and buy sweet corn, and just the best tomatoes. I mean, I can’t wait for July, because it’ll all be there then. I mean, there have been many a night in the summer that you and I have just had corn and tomatoes for dinner, and just been so happy, because it’s delicious, they’re wonderful. And then the peaches and the strawberries. Just all the locally grown things.
In fact, when we first moved to our house in Chippingwood, one night you said, “I think there’s a little roadside stand down Broome’s Island Road, why don’t you go get some corn?” So I got in the car and I drove down the road, and sure enough there’s this little bungalow of a house, and sign out front that says, you know, “Corn, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash,” whatever. So I pull in the driveway. There is not one person inside. All these vegetables, and they’re, you know, in groups of twelve – like twelve ears of corn, or a little pint or quart of tomatoes – just sitting there. And there’s a cigar box, and a sign with the prices. So it was like a dozen ears of corn for two dollars, or whatever. And you just take your corn, throw your money in the little cigar box, take your corn and go. You’ve never interacted with another person. Well, I was floored. I was just amazed that anyone would be so trusting, that people wouldn’t just take the vegetables, first, or just wouldn’t rip off the money. I mean it just amazed me. I never, ever met the people who lived in the house, but our daughter is married to the grandson of the people who owned that house. And I think that's amazing, just amazing, that life was that simple.
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