from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shed where fish are packed.
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I found the slate after fumbling a little about the bench, and was on my way back to the door of the long packing-shed when I heard a curious rustling in the loft overhead, followed by a thump on the board as if something had fallen, and then a heavy breathing could be heard -- a regular heavy breathing that was almost a snore.
"There's someone up in the loft over the packing-shed -- asleep," I said hoarsely.
Reininger emphasizes the thing about produce freshly picked from someone's garden, compared to the packing-shed variety, is that it tastes really good - normally a major selling point for farmers markets.