[Market-farming] A delicate situation: How to tell a Farmer's Market vendor their quality is off
garlicgrower at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 3 10:00:40 EDT 2004
I have a situation I'd love to get some input on from the group.
Last year, a consortium of dairy farmers got together and produced some of
the best yogurt I've ever had. My cousin and I bought copious amounts
every Saturday our Farmer's Market was in business.
I don't know what has happened this year, but the quality is completely
gone this year. Even though the yogurt has a "sell by" date that is far in
the future either 1) when we open the lid of the yogurt, the inner seal is
bulging from gas (I have returned several containers that looked like this,
since, of course, I hadn't opened the yogurt) or 2) either the fruit in the
yogurt or the yogurt itself tastes spoiled.
I know the farmer is wondering why my cousin and I aren't the steady
customers we were last year, but can't bring himself to ask. As I know
*nothing* about dairy from the cow itself to how to make or hold dairy
products in a commercial setting, I just don't know how to tell him that
the product has gone from fantastic to so "hit or miss" (and mostly "miss")
that I just don't feel like taking the chance that, yes, this batch of
yogurt has "gone south", too.
Any suggestions? I don't want to berate the man, but gosh, he had a
fantastic product last year and this year, it just ain't there.
Thanks for your help -- I'm sure this is an issue we all face at one time
or another. . .
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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