Life As We Know It

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In these unprecendented times of corona virus, life, as we know it, has seemed to come to a halt.  All non-essential businesses are closed, many of them mom-and-pop shops.  Even some larger ones are shuttered up.  


Stay in place orders has everyone at home (or supposed to be.)  We've never experienced anything like this in our lifetimes.


Real estate has been pretty quiet except for some homes that were under contract before the pandemic.  Some people have taken their homes off the market; others are worried about people coming in.  But, still sales going on. 


It's just different.  We start with virtual and then progress to visit, but only with booties, masks and gloves and no opening anything.  Most people understand and are okay with it.  Truth is, if you're looking to buy, it's a great time with mortgage rates so low.



I don't care much for the produce from our local grocery stores.  They grow pretty loads of fruits and vegetables right here in Florida, yet they import most of the produce.  Makes no sense to me.  It never has.  Why would I be eating a California orange (don't get me wrong, they're delicious) when we grow them right here?  


I had heard of a local farm where you could go and buy a box of fruits or vegetables for $ 10.  What you got was the luck of the draw.  I thought what a great idea, especially in these times, to buy local.  Support the farm, support local businesses.  They're really hurting now.


So off I went to Mecca Farms in Lake Worth last week.  What a great experience it was.  I had read up on it on Facebook, so I knew the drill.


I left an envelope with my order and money in my trunk.  Waited a few minutes, pulled up and someone took out the envelope.  They collected the money; then put my order on the windshield.  I drove up.  They took the order, then put two cartons in my trunk.  Easy, peasy and no contact. 


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When I got home and upacked my two boxes, I had gotten a watermelon, canteloupe, pineapple, two mangoes, at least a dozen different kinds of peppers, 7 yellow and red tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and 5 ears of corn.


We are living through strange and frightening times now.  Small business are hurting and hurting badly.  Pitch in.   If you can shop local, please do.  It helps everyone.  


And please stay safe.  I know my dogs have been a great comfort to me during the past two months.  They know something is different, but they still want to be close to you and calm you.  That's just how our pets are.  I'm happy I live in a pet-friendly home in Delray Beach Fl.  I don't know what I would do without their company.

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Comments (20)

Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I can't believe you found the time to participate in this month's challenge, Elyse! You are amazing! I hope all is well and know you both are still in my prayers.

OH and the veggies look AMAZING! I'm so glad you got out and were able to try them out...and support local.

And, those fur babies - they ALWAYS know and they are ALWAYS comforting, aren't they?!

Apr 30, 2020 11:25 PM
Joseph Doohan
Joseph Doohan - Las Vegas, NV
I offer business strategy advice for realtors

Thank you for taking the time to keep us informed and up to date. Wishing you a great weekend ahead! stay safe!

May 01, 2020 02:12 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Elyse Berman, PA, thanks for this inspiring post! I'm so glad for Mecca Farms and for your new fruit supply. It's wonderful to see communities coming together in these challenging times.

May 01, 2020 02:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Elyse - what a nice shout out to Mecca Farms in Lake Worth Florida.  You were able to find locally grown produce and a quite the delightful treasure trove of delectable eating when you arrived home.  Good job!

May 01, 2020 04:40 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elyse. What a great idea by Mecca Farms. Makes me miss Florida. Enjoy your bounty!

May 01, 2020 04:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful concept, Elyse, from Mecca Farms. Our pets really provide us a lot of comfort even in non-pandemic times... I couldn't imagine living somewhere that didn't allow pets.

May 01, 2020 05:26 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Elyse Berman, PA - this is similar to what we have in in NY and Westchester.  I have plenty of healthy food now.

May 01, 2020 09:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Elyse- I love Mecca Farms and so glad that you got some beautiful fresh produce. How about The Boys (no way to be physically distant there) or Bedners??   I really miss Fresh Market. Stay safe! And Miss you!

May 01, 2020 05:59 PM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

I support our local farmers' markets here in Colorado. But it's too early now.  Our normal season runs from Memorial weekend through mid-October.

The Western slope orchards got hit with a Canadian cold front in April that killed cherry, peach, and apricot blossoms.  Apples and pears survived.

Many growers lost their crops and will have little or no income this year.

During coronavirus, I am focusing on the vitamins and minerals that support a healthy immune system.  I have read that many people that died from coronavirus were deficient in vitamin D.

May 01, 2020 06:48 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

for a few months I have been getting fruits and veggies direct from farmers in the mail.  It's a project call misfits market and there is generally a blemish or it's not shaped quite normal to "sell at a supermarket" so they pack up boxes and ship overnight.  I was glad when the supply chain seemed to be all screwed up at the grocery store I had some things in place already.

May 01, 2020 11:29 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love the idea about the box of unknown produce. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and would love that. I'll have to see if there's anyplace like that around me.

May 02, 2020 05:04 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Elyse Berman, PA I would gladly take a few of those boxes.What a great service and terrific shout out for Mecca Farms. Wonderfully surprised that you found time to enter. You are pretty amazing! Please take care and we will talk again soon.

May 02, 2020 09:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elyse:

We have a number of farms that are doing similar things as you described, and one sets up a stand outside a local eatery every Wednesday - we've stopped several times now. Thankfully the produce in our stores is pretty decent although prices have come up. And there is now talk of the Farmers' Market in town opening again. Life definitely has changed for everyone in so many ways.


May 02, 2020 05:11 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Consumers are attracted to lower prices of almost all commodities, so, produce from other countries will cost less because of the economy of that country.

It's the same with real estate, isn't it? Some counties in Florida have extremely higher values than others and some areas within that county have higher market value too, don't they?

Most consumers IMO wouldn't buy higher priced produce regardless where it came from, so, it's all about the economics of the consumer and their priorities to discretionary spending. 

May 02, 2020 11:50 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much for sharing this information.  You've given me an idea for a blog in my "community" to share these ideas with others.  I was already considering it, but this is a great piece of info to share as I know we have local, organic farms!

May 06, 2020 03:34 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The fruit and veggies in the boxes look amazing.  They figured out a way to make get fresh and local to their neighbors.  A wonderful solution for all. 

Life has changed ... I wonder what tomorrow will bring? 


May 08, 2020 03:49 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Elyse Berman, PA - since I have been doing everything on Zoom and New York is still closed we are heading to our house in Port St. Lucie along with everything I need to work.

May 13, 2020 09:00 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Were about 6 weeks away from having unlimited farm fresh produce all over our County !!!

May 31, 2020 07:50 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Some business are finding a way to adapt to the current "business" environment. It is SO challenging to own a small business right now. 

Thank you for supporting your community, Elyse Berman, PA 

Jun 21, 2020 12:56 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

That would be nice Michael J. Perry !  Stay safe.

Jul 14, 2020 12:03 PM