So what does this have to do with the Naperville city council? The answer is absolutely nothing, unless you want to buy an apple at Keller’s farm stand and speak about it during the Public Forum portion of a council meeting. Sometimes people simply want to present information or a story at a council meeting, without looking for any action from the council.
My wife Sherry was driving to Keller’s Farm stand on Knoch Knolls Road, when she noticed two seasoned women peddling their bicycles westbound, looking a bit tired. Exercise can do that. She purchased a 1/4 peck of apples (about 7 apples) for about $9. As she was leaving, the two bike riders came into the farm stand and asked if they could each buy an apple. A little nourishment always helps when someone needs a little pick-me-up while exerting energy. The young girl behind the counter said ‘no’, that apples can only sold as a bag full. The two women didn’t want to carry a bag of apples while biking, so though they were disappointed, they understood the policy, and left.
My wife hearing the conversation offered each an apple They appreciated the offer, but would only take the two apples if they paid my wife, to which my wife said, ‘no, please just take them and enjoy’. After a few minutes of ‘apple negotiation’ they took one apple and were very appreciative.
After hearing the story, I thought there must have been some type if miscommunication, so I called Keller’s and they confirmed they won’t sell an apple or two. It’s buy a bag or nothing policy. Being a capitalist and supporting the concept of free enterprise, I didn’t question the policy, but it did seem to be a bit cold-hearted to send the two women on their way, without selling two apples.
Keller’s also has an apple orchard / farm stand in Oswego at 2500 Johnson Road. It’s a fun place to take the kids. It’s massive with apple trees as far as you can see, with over 60 varieties of apples. At any time of any day there must be over a thousand apples on the ground, many of which are in perfect condition, but if you want to buy only one of them, chances are it won’t happen unless someone doesn’t know the policy.
It all gets down to the Golden Rule, he who has the gold makes the rules, and in this case he who has the apples, makes the ‘you can’t buy one apple’ rule.