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LYNN and DAVID MCNEIL, McNeil's Produce, Highway 100

LYNN and DAVID MCNEIL, McNeil's Produce, Highway 100

(To David) Is this your place? Yes. (He pauses as he glances over at his wife, Lynn, seated at a desk inside, then he revises.) Ours.

How long have you been in the produce business? Fourteen years, right here. We took the place over from my dad. We started out in the back of a pickup truck in this very spot. We've added on to the place a couple of times. Now it's just the way we like it. Not too big, not too small.

Do you grow all your own vegetables? We grow all the tomatoes, hot peppers, bell peppers and cucumbers. We've got three places that we grow on.

What's the most important part of selling produce? You've got to be honest about where it comes from. Most people can taste the difference.

So what's the talk around the truck patch these days? The Loveless Cafe—that's about all anybody's been talking about around here lately.

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