They eat very little of their product. “It’s too expensive for me,” Mitchell says. They do eat pieces that fall on the ground. They also eat the ones they can’t sell because they’re burnt. “They’re still good; they’re caramelized,” Ducharme says. “Caramelized fat,” says Mitchell. “Yeah,” Ducharme adds. “But there’s the marinade, too.”
By 3 p.m., slumped in backyard chairs, they look like three old men at the end of a long day of fishing. They are quiet, tired, and contemplative.
Ducharme sees this as part of the process. He says, “My dad says that boredom is an important thing. It makes you creative. You have to learn to deal with it.
“Anyway, what else am I gonna be doing?” he asks. “Playing video games?”
Marlissa Briggett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.