How's John?

While John Mastel might not be found in the aisles of the store these days, he's certainly keeping busy. Being retired means more time to be active. An avid bowler since 1959, John still belongs to a bowling league to this day. He also still enjoys playing softball and those of you who played softball with John probably remember his mean pitching arm. Decades later, he still has it!

However great his love of sports may be, his real passion is gardening and growing crops. On his 8-acre hobby farm in Afton, John spends his days tending to fruit trees, tomato plants and other garden goodies.

While the rest of us are sound asleep, the raccoons and opossums can often find John prowling his land at 2:30 in the morning, under the light of the moon, exploring the shadows and watching for critters who might be eating his crops. Crop-snatching groundhogs, deer, rabbits, neighborhood cats and flying squirrels all best beware or you'll receive a harsh word from the gentle John Mastel.

John's ambitions aren't stifled when winter sets in. While his fruit trees sleep and snow blankets and blows across his acres, John has time to plan the next growing season and reflect upon the bounty of the previous year.

John still delights in the notes and letters he receives from long-time friends and customers. He warmly thanks all of you who have supported Mastel's Health Foods over the years.