|After the harvest and mid-winter holidays, it's always nice to take a little road trip. A week or two of travel helps to keep the place you call "home" in perspective.
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Central Florida Roadside Snack Traditions
by Jack Burton
Living, as I do, in the heart of Sonoma County's bountiful farm, ranch and vineyard country, there are few culinary delights that are not readily at hand. I mean, if there is something that is not grown or prepared here, it's conveniently imported for us. We really have an amazing amount of choices, but there is one thing I have yet to see here and that is a Hot Boiled Green Peanut stand.
I may have missed something in my travels. There may be an old landmark boiled peanut stand around here somewhere. If there is anyone out there boiling peanuts, I hope someone will write or e-mail and clue me in.
Selling hot boiled peanuts by the side of the road is a way to make a piece of money with only a smidgen of investment up front. All that is required is a little fire, a pot, some salt (or not), water, peanuts, and some recycled plastic bags. You must also possess the ability to sit for hours on end in a lawn chair waiting for someone who has a hankering for a sack of humid and slippery goobers. It is probably not as easy as it looks!
The peanut vendors I know best have staked their claims to choice locations along the state and county roads of rural Citrus and Sumter Counties near where my mom lives in Central Florida. I hope if you get down that way you will stop and say hello to them.