Captain’s Log 5,183
I would love to support our local farmers who grow nice organic produce. A new farmer’s market opened in my neighborhood yesterday, so I checked it out with Friend Pam. We were excited to see this. I was most excited about the fact that it is being staged at a Muslim community center. How very nice of them to open up their parking lots so the community can have access to a market.
It was a big deal. When I drove by on my way home from work, there was even a bagpiper standing in front of the market – braying away. There was absolutely zero parking. The place was packed.
By the time we walked over, most of the stuff was already gone. Everything but the organic fruit and veggies.
And this is where I get upset. As much as I would like to support these efforts, I think it’s quite awful when a local grower will charge almost $4 a pound for organic peaches and $5 a pound for organic tomatoes. And almost $8 a pound for organic cherries. I know they are locally grown, but the store down the hill sells the exact same organic produce (from local growers) for half that price. I don’t even see prices like this at Whole Foods. These prices were even higher than what I saw at the huge Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles a few weeks ago.
Fact of the matter is……nobody was buying this stuff. People with kids cannot afford to spend that kind of money. A single person with a good job is another story. Then….maybe.
So was it worth it for those growers to bring down all that produce and not sell it? Would it have been more prudent to lower the prices to fair market value and sell out? It really puzzles me. The hummus people were sold out. The honey producers were sold out. The salsa people were sold out. All the dairy products were sold out.
And there sat mountains of cherries, tomatoes, and peaches.
Maybe I don’t understand free enterprise as well as I thought I did. I thought it would be in the farmer’s best interest to sell something that spoils easily as quickly as possible. With only 45 minutes to go, they still did not lower their prices for a quick sale. I guess they trucked it all home again.
Then again, it was the first day. Things can change. I hope for the better.