I love Riverview Orchards. They have the absolute best raspberry pie I’ve ever had. The store is set-up like an old-fashioned country store, and their goods are the best. I stop there as often as I can, but not just for pie. I like to see my little old big friend Auto. He’s a magnificent Rottweiler who looks like a tank. His size and breed are intimidating, but his personality reminds me of a perfect Angel.
The first time I saw him a few years ago, he ran out the door to greet us as we opened it. My heart stopped for a second, and my whole body tingled. I’m afraid of dogs. I’ve been attacked before. I never really got hurt, but the lunging and questionable intentions of the dog when they’re going after me scare the day lights out of me. And, dogs are very intuitive. They know who’s afraid of them, and can plan to attack you before you “attack” them.
As Auto was coming towards me today, I said out loud to the owner, “I’m scared, but I can’t help wanting to see him”. He shimmied up to me and enjoyed a head massage. He sat down and leaned on me, all 148 pounds of him. He even agreed to pose next to his stuffed likeness. Seeing him was worth the little not-so-hidden fear I have. I’m always trying to over come it. I practice on Auto.
While I was there, I checked out their bees. They have this magnificent bee hive that is situated in the store with a hole to the outside of the building that allows the bees to come and go. The owner told me many years ago that in the spring, they place their bee boxes so the openings are facing the east. When the sun rises, it gets the bees going earlier for pollinating the orchard. I quietly thank the bees as I pick up my local honey and Empire apples for my cereal.
The Riverview Orchards store is open all year long. Stopping here is nowhere near a shopping task…it’s an adventure.