Gomez and Caramel Try the Apple Cider

It was a bright and sunny day at the Rype & Readi Farm Market. The air was crisp and… delightful…

All right, so it was very rapidly getting to be freezing, as it did every year around this time.

Still, not all were quite as affected by the change in temperature as others. Some, like the animals on the Farm Market, were snug and warm in their comfortable fur and feathers.

Regretfully, snug as the animals were, the temperature meant there weren’t as many people around to interact with them, which resulted in the animals getting quite bored indeed.

One such bored animal was the young lamb Caramel, who had thus far been whiling away her time by counting ants.

Considering how the cold temperature meant there were less ants about, it was slow going.

It was also understandable why when Gomez came up to her, Caramel was more interested than cautious.

“Hey Caramel, wanna try something fu-u-u-un?” the goat asked casually.

“What… kind of fun?” Caramel replied tentatively. Bored as she might have been she wasn’t entirely without caution.

“I ju-u-u-ust found out tha-a-a-at the Market’s selling apple ci-i-i-ider now,” Gomez explained eagerly. “A-a-a-and that stuff is supposed to be alcoholic! Wanna try and get dru-u-u-unk?”

“Uhhh…” Caramel’s ears folded back against her head. “That sounds… like a really bad idea maybe?”

“If we did it a-a-a-alone or somewhere e-e-e-else, yeah,” Gomez conceded with a shrug. “But he-e-e-ere, we’d be safe! C’mo-o-o-on, I just wanna know what it’s li-i-i-ike is all!”

The young lamb bit her lip as she glanced away, weighing her options very… very… it was mentioned earlier that she was bored, right? “Oh what the heck, I’m in!” she nodded in agreement.

“The-e-e-en come on, let’s go-o-o-o!” Gomez waved his hoof eagerly, and so led his partner in crime into the market-proper, so that they could start their fun.


Five minutes later, there was no fun to be had as the pair trotted their way up to a bush with no small amount of panic as they danced from hoof to hoof, a dance that many a young child knew.

“Hurry hurry hurryyyy!!!” Caramel wailed.fast horse photography

“I’m mo-o-o-oving, I’m moving!” Gomez bemoaned as he dashed, eyes dead set on the bush…

“Hold it!”

Before the two mammals were halted by Paprika stepping in front of them, wings crossed and talons tapping in the dirt.

“I don’t even know where to start on where you went wrong here,” she stated flatly.

“Ooooh, then let me say it!” Caramel whined plaintively, her dancing increasing uncomfortably. “First, unfermented cider doesn’t have any alcohol, so it won’t make you drunk it’ll only make you want to use the bathroom, especially when you drink three bottles each! Second, it’s a really stupid and bad idea to try and drink alcohol while you’re underage! And third, it’s not right to drink Market merchandise without paying for it, so we’re both in trouble and grounded?”

“Yes, yes, and yes, except I know that Gomez talked you into it, so he’s grounded but you’re getting a slap on the hoof,” Paprika nodded in confirmation.

“Fi-i-i-ine, whatever, I’ll do-o-o-o the time, now can we go-o-o-o already!?” Gomez demanded.

Paprika nodded and stepped aside, waving her wing invitingly. “All yours.”

Once the quadrupeds rushed past her, Paprika trotted off with a contented grin. “Ahhh, it never gets any better than when they discipline themselves.”

And that, as they say, was that.


by Baxter Balick, Rype & Readi contributing author and Flagler College sophomore

By |2017-11-22T14:28:11+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Animals|0 Comments
Dear Friends, Family and Valued Patrons of Rype & Readi

As we close 2018 and look forward to our 5th year, we once again welcome and will be challenged by change.


As many of you know, we took a calculated risk in opening at the Colee Stables downtown.
Property ownership had been disputed and litigated for the last 9 years. Finally resolved, we were regrettably unable to come to reasonable terms with the new owner and our lease ends on the 31st of December. This was complicated in part by a commitment we had made to expand our market operations downtown beginning next fall, adjacent to a well known, well trafficked anchor.
Rest assured Rype & Readi will have a downtown presence again. But for the immediate near term, we are consolidating operation to our St. John’s Golf Club facility where we will focus on catering, prepared foods, dinner events, cooking classes and, of course, a market for fresh local fine foods.
Please be sure to keep in contact with our social media on Facebook, Instagram, our website & newsletter to follow our happenings and special offerings.
Our location at the St. John’s Golf Club is a diamond in the rough. In addition to having a full restaurant and bar, we have a magnificent patio overlooking acres of manicured greens, gorgeous in the daylight and tranquil in the evenings when the golfer’s day is done.
With plenty of space on the terrace and adjacent properties (including parking for several hundred cars) this venue, at the intersection of State Road 207 and I-95 promises to host some creative, exciting and delightful family events throughout the coming year.
We fondly wish you all a festive and memorable holiday season and thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if there is any event, occasion or opportunity to help you celebrate life though a special event with great food and smiling faces.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
With Profound Appreciation,
Your friends at Rype & Readi