They needed to figure out something for selling their goods. They couldn’t retail them. If they wanted to wholesale, they would need large customers, but where were they going to find large customers where they were?
They had soured the relationships with both of their large customers. Now they would need to figure out something on their own.
Thinking about this, she asked her mother next to her, “Mom, does dad have any close friends? I think it’s best we will look for a large customer. After all, we have expanded, and pretty much taken care of everything we need. A customer that we are familiar with will be best.
“Well, Xiao Xiao. That might be an issue. Your dad used to have friends, but he hasn’t been in contact with them. Nor do we know if their intentions were pure. I am not sure if it’s a good idea to approach these people!”
Mrs. Cheng, who was just about to pick vegetables stopped and thought this over. She was still worried.
Cheng Xiao Xiao frowned slightly. She felt it’s better to have a discussion with her father on this issue. Her mother didn’t know too much and couldn’t make these decisions.
“Woof! Woof! Woof!”
The dogs started barking again. The two of them stood up in the vegetable field just in time to see some women from the village showing up but were blocked by the dogs.
“Cheng niangzhi1, it’s us. Cheng niangzhi…”
“Aiya, Cheng niangzhi, since when did you have dogs? Quick, tell them to go away!”
“Cheng niangzhi, your dogs are so mean….”
Mrs. Cheng smiled when she heard them. She walked out of the vegetable fields to greet them.
Cheng Xiao Xiao had already told the dogs to move out of their way and stopped block them. The lot approached them quickly.
“Zhou niangzhi, Zhen niangzhi, Shi niangzhi, Lin niangzhi. What brought you here?” Mrs. Cheng was surprised as she greeted them.
Zhou niangzhi smiled, “We heard that you place was fixed up nicely, so we came to check it out. Are we not welcomed?”
“Of course you are welcomed. Just wasn’t expecting you is all!” Mrs. Cheng politely invited the inside the house.
They smiled and walked at the same time. Passing the vegetable field, they saw Cheng Xiao Xiao picking vegetables like they are flowers and Shi niangzhi let out a small cry, “Oh mi, your vegetables look beautiful. Come and have a look. They are as pretty as flowers!”
“They are indeed! How come all the bok choy look identical?”
“Incredible. Simply incredible. We didn’t know that Cheng niangzhi was a master in growing vegetables. All these vegetables are pleasing to the eyes. Not like ours at all.”
The fours village women cried and shouted. Certainly, the Cheng’s vegetable fields look like artwork. Cheng Xiao Xiao had applied modern days technique in planting their fields, naturally village women back in the time couldn’t accomplish anything remotely similar.
Seeing this beautiful scenery of vegetable fields, of course they have to let out their sigh of admiration. Mrs. Cheng smiled tenderly. She couldn’t control the happiness between her brows. She said to them, “If you like, bring some home with you on your way back!”
“Yes, fellow daniang.2 Our vegetables are quite fair. Do bring some with you on your way back!” Cheng Xiao Xiao chimed in from the vegetable field.
1. Polite way to refer to other women who are their peers.
2. Polite way to refer to women older than you.
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