Chapter 131: Buying Vegetables
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
It was almost the new year, and no one was that busy.
Now that the snow had melted, the day’s work was to go to the fields and rummage for next year’s sowing, or go into the mountains to chop firewood for families to use at home.
At this time, the elders were resting at home, letting their strong sons and grandsons work the ground.
Old Master Wang was no exception, not to mention that he was the village chief.
When Chen Hu came to visit, Old Master Wang thought that he had been mistaken. Only when Chen Hu really walked into the courtyard did Old Master Wang confirm that Chen Hu was really here to look for him.
Chen Hu also smiled and said to Old Master Wang, “Grand Duke, I came to look for you today because I have something to buy from your house.”
“What is it? Tell me.”
Grandpa Wang asked faintly. After Chen Hu moved out, not only did he live well, but he also settled down. Everyone knew Su Sanlang helped him, but as long as Su Sanlang was willing, no one could say anything.
Chen Hu did not beat around the bush. He said bluntly, “Grand Duke, I want to buy a thousand catties of vegetables. I’m willing to pay one copper coin for one catty of vegetables. I think you should have a lot of vegetables at home, so I’m here to buy them from you. If your family doesn’t have enough, you can introduce me to other families.”
Old Master Wang also asked the question in his heart, “Hu, a thousand catties of vegetables is not a small amount. Why do you want so much? Your family can’t finish them. Even if you dry them, I don’t know how many years you can eat them.”
Chen Hu did not hide anything. He said, “Big Brother and I have a business. We don’t have enough vegetables to sell, so we want to buy some from the villagers.”
“So you’re in business. No problem, then.”
Old Master Wang knew that Chen Hu and Su Sanlang had become sworn brothers. Their families had a good relationship, so it was normal for them to do business together.
A copper coin for a catty. That would add up to a tael of silver for a thousand catties. He could sell some of the vegetables at home and buy some new year goods during the new year. Anyway, there were so many vegetables that he could not finish them at home.
Chen Hu said again, “Grand Duke, then I’ll be blunt first. I don’t want to ruin our harmony later. As for green vegetables, I don’t want yellow leaves and rotten leaves and vegetables that are too tender. The same goes for cabbage. It’s best if there’s cabbage with a heart. I don’t want bad vegetables.”
Even if he gave them to him, he didn’t want them.
Old Master Wang knew that this was a business, so it was only right for Chen Hu to make a request. He nodded and said, “Alright, you bought it with money anyway. My family can’t give you that much. I’ll find a few families and give you two to three hundred catties of vegetables each. We’re all villagers, so just don’t put it on credit.”
Since Chen Hu had a request, he naturally had a request too. Since it was a transaction, he would definitely take the money and goods with one hand.
It won’t be fun if Chen Hu wants it on credit.
Chen Hu smiled and said, “I’ve brought all the money here. I definitely won’t put it on credit.”
Chen Hu took out his money bag.
Old Master Wang took a look and saw that Chen Hu was a down-to-earth person, so he didn’t say anything else. He shouted into the house, “Go get the basket. Leave 200 catties of vegetable leaves and chop dozens of kilograms of cabbage. Chen Hu cane to buy them. He’s paying one copper coin for one catty.”
“A copper coin for a catty. Okay, okay.”
Madam Wang’s voice came from inside the house.
Old Master Wang said to Chen Hu, “Then let’s go to my two brothers’ houses to take a look. They have a lot of family members. We’ll get the remaining few hundred catties from their families.”
Chen Hu nodded. “Alright, please carry it to my house later.”
Old Master Wang nodded. This was a small matter, so there was nothing wrong with it.
Old Master Wang looked at Chen Hu beside him and suddenly said, “Hu, do you really not regret it?”
Chen Hu was stunned for a moment before smiling and saying, “No regrets.”
Old Master Wang sighed. Every family had someone that suffered grievances. It was most common in families that have several sons.
There was a difference in length between the five fingers. It was common to have a son you liked and a son you didn’t like. There were also those who got kicked out, but what happened to them?
Chen Hu and Su Sanlang were considered exceptions.
It seemed that things were better now, but what about in the future? Old Master Wang glanced at Chen Hu and said, “Hu, have you thought about whether your children will get married in the future? When the children grow up, you’ll have to propose marriage. In the future, when the matchmaker finds out that your family doesn’t have a clan, it’ll be very difficult for the children to get married.”
Hearing what Old Master Wang said, Chen Hu only smiled faintly and said, “Grand Duke, even if there’s no way forward, we won’t turn back.”
Old Master Wang did not persuade them anymore. After all, this was Chen Hu and Su Sanlang’s own choice. If they insisted on taking this path, no one could stop them.
Since they refused to return, he let them be.
A thousand catties of green vegetables and 400 catties of cabbage.
When he was weighing them, Chen Hu was watching. He had also checked that they were all good vegetables.
Chen Hu was here to give them money. The Wang family were all smiling as they happily carried the vegetables to the courtyard of Su Sanlang’s house.
Chen Hu also gave them the money.
After buying the vegetables, Chen Hu and Madam Qian started to get busy.
Su Sanlang’s family had just arrived at the shop and had yet to open, but there were already customers waiting.
As they spoke to Su Sanlang and his wife, they said, “Your pickles are really delicious. It’s completely different from the taste of our own. It’s a little expensive, but it’s really worth it.”
The woman smiled as she said it. She was a returning customer. Since her first time buying it and eating it at home, she tried to make it herself, but the taste was completely different.
That was why she became a regular customer of Shi You Wei. She would come and buy one catty every day to cook with.
Madam Zhao also smiled and said, “As long as you like it.”
She laughed as she opened the shop door and began to weigh the goods for the woman.
Customers came to buy them one after another.
Su Sanlang also packed up his things and prepared to continue to promote them in other restaurants and small restaurants.
Madam Zhao tended the shop with the children of the two families.
Seeing that an old man had come to buy, Madam Zhao asked with a gentle smile, “Uncle, what do you want to buy? We have three things here that taste good. You can try them first before deciding whether to buy them.”
Shopkeeper Niu looked at the woman and nodded. “Then I’ll try it first.”
Madam Zhao brought him a sample.
Shopkeeper Niu took note of this detail. He tasted it silently. It tasted exactly the same. Thinking that there had been customers asking about sauerkraut and pickles for the past few days, Shopkeeper Niu put down the stick and said, “Where’s your husband? He came to our Fu Man Lai Restaurant to publicize a few days ago. He said that there are still some recipes. I came to talk to him about something.”
Good pickles and sauerkraut. If they had a good recipe, it would bring customers to the restaurant.
So after thinking about it for a few days, he decided to come and talk to Su Sanlang and see how exactly this collaboration would work.
Madam Zhao did not expect him to be from the restaurant. She was very happy, but Su Sanlang was not here now, so she said, “Uncle, he’s not back yet. He might be gone for a while.”