[Market-farming] What do you do in a crop loss situation?

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Fri Jun 29 16:59:21 EDT 2007


Yes, a slippery slope, but if you allow commissioned sales people, there is
already a thin line and rather artificial definition. The result will depend
on how he handles it - if he carefully identifies the orchards he purchases
from and explains why he is allowed to do this, it will probably turn out
OK. It may even be better customer relations than if you took the firm
stand. Sorry to say, 99+% of customers don't understand producer only vs
getting it from other local sources. In their minds the division is between
the wholesale truck/market and closely local. 


Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead
Peru NY
http://rhomestead.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Lucy Goodman [mailto:goodows at infinet.com] 
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 9:11 AM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] What do you do in a crop loss situation?

At he Saturday market I attend we have had this problem. This is a 100%
producer only market. The apple guy (who is 15 miles north of I-70 BTW) at
this market lost 70% of his apples (he will have late apples) and 100% of
his peaches, blackberries, strawberries, plums and grapes. So the market
board decided he could buy and resell apples. So far he has not done so, but
he does have the option.

I feel this is a slippery slope the board has entered into, allowing any
reselling for any reason. On the one hand, reselling does mean that the
products customers expect will be there. On the other hand, reselling can be
badly abused. And this is an opportunity to educate farmers market customers
about realities of farming-"we have no apples this week because of weather
in April".

Lucy Goodman
Boulder Belt Eco-Farm
Eaton, OH
http://www.boulderbeltfarm.com


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