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  • From: Douglas Woodard <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [Bulk] Re: Let the customer beware
  • Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 12:57:24 -0400

About a quarter century ago I had a temporary job with a local nursery for a few weeks. I heard one of the co-owner brothers tell a permanent employee to re-lable a batch of Hedelfingen sweet cheerries as Bings, because they were going to be shipped to a garden centre at Peterborough, where sweet cherries would be most unlikely to fruit if they survived, though a Hedelfingen might live a few years.

I think the only solution is to buy from a nursery to which their fruit tree business is important, and which is concerned about their reputation (expects to be in business a long time, relies largely on word-of-mouth advertising) and which is likely to have a significant fraction of knowledgeable customers and repeat customers. It's unfortunate that the recent postal service changes have handicapped this class of suppliers.

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

On 25/05/2011 3:48 PM, sherwin wrote:


Another problem not mentioned with big box stores is
mislabeling of varieties.


Sherwin Dubren

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