By Terri Wiebold; photos courtesy of Brenda Young
Last month, The Connection E Guide featured a promotion for Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. in which we showcased an adorable squirrel asking, “Did someone say nuts?” Little did we know at the time we designed the ad, that the locally-owned franchise actually has an unofficial live squirrel mascot – Peg.
According to Mountain Man franchise owners Brenda and Spencer Young, ever since they moved locations to the little white house on the northeast corner of Perry and Fourth streets in Castle Rock, they have had a daily visitor who comes to the front door of the business to collect her nut.
Peg, the unofficial mascot of Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. visits the Castle Rock business every day.
“I was just hanging out on the front porch one afternoon and I saw a squirrel that caught my eye because it only had three legs,” said Spencer. “We are not sure if it is a male or female squirrel, I just called her ‘Peg’ and it seemed to stick.”
At least once a day, Peg comes to the door and collects a treat, eating directly from Spencer’s hand. She likes walnuts, pecans, almonds and pistachios, and she recently tried a banana chip, which she seemed to enjoy. “Her favorite appears to be pistachios [although not mine],” said Spencer. “She cracks open the shell and eats the nut, usually making quite a little mess,” he quipped.
On a recent visit, I experienced feeding Peg first-hand, as she timidly took a pistachio from my hand and then scurried off to enjoy it.
According to Spencer, Peg has become a bit of a regular. He enjoys her company, and customers seem to as well.
Spencer Young, one of the franchise owners, feeds Peg a nut straight from his hand.