The out-of-the-way little town of Priddy, Texas, is the place where an untold number of couples get their start. Where the makings of romance are ripe for the picking. Where kisses are conceived.
This ranching community is home to one of the nation's biggest stashes of mistletoe. In what has become an annual rite, many people who live in the area trudge out to the countryside each fall to clip the mistletoe that grows wild and abundant on mesquite trees.
They take it to a red-brick building on the main street, where they sell it to Robert Tiemann and his Holiday Mistletoe Co., which provides about 90 percent of the fresh mistletoe sold in the country.