Asleep at the Cummington Fair

My Day at the Fair

I was very tired at the Cummington Fair because we had a booth where we sold pulled pork, spare ribs and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. I decided to take a nap in my truck. So I did. I was deeply, deeply asleep when a trailer full of cows pulled up beside me. The cows were all looking at me. (I did not know it because I was asleep., but here is what I think happened.) The cows all looked at each other. They snickered and said, “Watch this.” Then one of them said, “One, two . .. three!” And then they all bellowed together at the same time. Right in the window of my truck. I jumped to the ceiling of my truck. Then I went back to work

As some of you know, Elmer’s has taken a break from dinner for now while we get our vision together. However, seeing as how it’s coming up on Labor Day and all, we did stock up on ribs, smoked ‘em in Brolin’s big old smoker and have them for sale in our to-go cooler. Come and get them; heat them up in the oven or on the grill (or eat them cold) and have yourself a fine send-off of summer!

Hey! We need your old, raggely dishtowels again! Remember how you used to save them for us and bring them to us? Well, we actually used them all up until they were just little threads held together by hems and labels and we need some more! For those of you who are new to my column, you can re-purpose all of your old coffee mugs,ink-pens (did people in the rest of the country call pens “ink-pens” or was that just in the south, where pen and pin were the same word?) and dishtowels at Elmer’s. We are glad to take them all and give them a good and useful life in our café!


Nan Parati - Elmer's StoreNan Parati

Nan is the proprietor of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, MA. A New England transplant from the Deep South, Nan shares her southern wit, wisdom and charm in her column, “Notes from Nan.”

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