The 3 Basic Food Groups
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We've squeezed into the South Carolina community of Wedgefield. Just past the railroad tracks is Batten's General Store and Sportsman's Kitchen. It's a fully stocked general store and a required stop for anyone with high personal standards for boiled peanuts.
We once dropped by and asked whether they happened to have any BP's which brought a strange stare from the lady behind the counter saying, " No. They're not in season !" She looked at us as if we were smuggling bowl weevils into the county. When we told her that we'd just bought some an hour earlier back down the road, she replied, " Well, Lord knows where those peanuts came from ." Batten's only boils locally grown peanuts and in season. Many others get their green peanuts from all sorts of places even...Mexico we were told. Well, we thought, if they're from Mexico you'd have to boil them anyway.
You learn a lot from a good country store. For example, they've gone and posted the three basic food groups on their sign: GATOR , PIZZA , and BURGERS. They seem to suggest that Gator is best for breakfast then you'd want Pizza for Lunch and, of course, a good Burger for Dinner. Anyone who knows so little about boiled peanuts needs such assistance in nutrition planning.