Sometimes All You Have to Do Is Ask!

It was a truly pristine and glorious day at the Rype & Readi Farm, the sky utterly unblemished by any unsightly clouds and the temperature niiiiice and stable for everyone to enjoy.

Days such as these were truly meant to be enjoyed to the fullest, and that was precisely what Annabelle intended to do. And considering the exquisite quality of the day, there wasn’t so much as a single chance that she was going to spend it alone. Rather, she planned on spending it with her loving family… or at least, the one member of her loving family who didn’t value chewing his cud more than spending time with her.

As such, that was why Annabelle and Apollo were standing in the middle of the west field grazing their hearts out.

“Isn’t this nice, Apollo?” Annabelle smiled at her son between mouthfuls. “The beautiful weather, the wonderful breeze… and this is just the first of a whole list of activities I have planned, all of which we can do together! Doesn’t that sound wonderful?”

“Sounds great, mom,” the black calf nodded in agreement.

Annabelle glanced at her son for a second, thinking she’d heard something in his voice, but she just as soon dismissed it with a happy shrug. “Well, I suggest you stow your cud for the moment, because we’re moving onto our next activity!”


The next activity, as it turned out, was a nice and relaxing session of grooming.

While it was true that generally the cattle, if not the animals as a whole, could fend for themselves in terms of sanitation and cleanliness, it was still nice to be pampered once in awhile by getting hosed down and having a nice and sturdy brush taken to their coat.

Annabelle mooed contentedly as she shook her rump, enjoying the way the bristles of the farmhand’s brush dragged across her hide. “Ah, this is simply divine! Don’t you think so, Apollo?”

Apollo’s reaction was… less than stellar, his attention cast disinterestedly to the side as another farmhand worked the mud and dirt out from between his toes. “Yeah mom, it’s… great….”

Annabelle shot a concerned look at her son. She’d dismissed the flash of… something in her son’s voice before, but the resurgence managed to snag her attention, and she was most definitely going to talk about it-!

“Ooooh…” Annabelle moaned contentedly as the farmhand started to run their brush down her back.

Right after the grooming was finished.


A few minutes later, Annabelle and Apollo were walking down a trail, with Annabelle keeping a subtle eye on her son.

“Next, I was thinking we could go for a swim,” she proposed evenly.

“Sounds great, mom…” Apollo nodded without even looking at her.

The brown cow’s expression fell flat. “And then we can get cute pink ribbons tied around our necks.”

“Fantastic, mom…”

“Okay, this stops here.” Annabelle halted her son in place with a firm hoof, jarring his attention back to her. “Apollo, what’s wrong? And don’t lie to me, I’m your mother, I know when something’s wrong.”

Apollo hesitated for a brief moment, visibly fighting himself, but eventually he hung his head with a despondent moan. “It’s just… before you brought all this stuff up, I was gonna go and hang out with the calf club, and I was… kinda looking forward to it.”

“What?” Annabelle reeled in shock. “Apollo, why didn’t you say anything?”

“Well…” Apollo scratched his leg uncomfortably. “Because… you were so eager, you know? You really wanted to spend time with me and, well… I didn’t want to make you unhappy…”

Annabelle chewed that over for a moment before laying her hoof on her son’s shoulder. “Apollo, I’m unhappy now because you’re unhappy. Don’t take me wrong, I love spending time with you, but I love seeing you do what you love even more. So, if you really want to…”

“Then I can go hang with the club!?” Apollo perked up eagerly.

Annabelle nodded her consent, pleased to finally see her son bright and happy.

“Great! If you need me, I’ll be over at the pig pit! Woohoo!”

That… made her noticeably less pleased.


by Baxter Balick, Rype & Readi Contributing Writer, Flagler Sophomore College Student


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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