Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Farm Stand Honor System


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  1. This has always been one of my favorite things about rural and rural-ish New England, especially when this jaded New Yorker first arrived in the mid 1980s. However, the landscape is sadly changing here in Maine:

    Farm stand thefts make farmers feel ‘sad for humanity’

    http://bangordailynews.com/2017/07/31/homestead/farm-stand-thefts-makes-farmers-feel-sad-for-humanity/

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    1. Not surprising! More, and more people these days feel entitled to other peoples labor, or capital.

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    2. I agree with Averyl. When I arrived here in New England, I was shocked to see people just leaving cash. The concept has grown on me long ago, and I've come to enjoy it. But, she's right, sadly, we hear more stories of someone robbing the honesty box and such-and-such farm. But they're still out there, and this makes me happy.

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  2. I only carry singles, so I don't have to make any hard decisions about what denominations to use. It's so freeing!

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  3. Dairy farms just about surrounded where I grew up. Milk was delivered every few days (remember glass milk bottles and the cream at the top?). Despite the modern delivery methods, we still ran out. It was my job to bike to the farm and get whatever was needed. There was always a cash box. I would have felt dirty had I not paid, and worse (as in never, ever going to Heaven) had I stolen the cash!

    Today, decades later, we live near several farms. One that we frequent has a cash box. They even take checks, which we view as a nod to modern finance.

    We think that when the farm stands start taking MasterCard, the old cash box honor system will have finally met its match (nothing escapes change, right?), and rural life will change forever. Until then, we love that it remains a part of country living.

    Aiken

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  4. We have a few of these in my small town, in the South. One of them lets you pick your own and even provides used plastic shopping bags to carry your haul home. It's all honor system...I have not heard of any pilfering though it may happen. We moved here from a large metropolitan area and it was a bit of a shock to me as well to see a plastic tub full of money and shopping bags!

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  5. I’m intrigued that city folks who moved out to the country were shocked to see a cash box. Growing up full-rural, this was unexceptional to us country mice. City folk would probably flip to learn that we rarely lock our doors ... even today.

    Aiken

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    1. As I was moving into my dorm room when I first arrived in Maine, I saw some people pick up my stuff and they started walking away! Just my luck to get mugged in Maine in broad daylight! Then I realized they were helping me move my things into my room. :D

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    2. LOL, Averyl. I laughed when I read this.

      It reminded me of a time when I was lost in the frustrating maze of Greenwich Village side streets. A kind fellow saw my distress and offered directions. My suspicious mind immediately assumed he was trying to lead me into some dark alley where he and his friends would mug me and steal my watch and wallet.

      Of course, that didn’t happen. My cynicism only added to my frustrations that day.

      Good people do good things everywhere, even in NYC!

      Aiken

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  6. Growing up somewhere between the two coasts this was common. Not so much anymore.

    Also saw it in BVI where it was not vegetables but sodas, beer, chairs, and potato sticks. Probably gone there for several reasons too.

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  7. I was thrilled when I experienced the honor system with pumpkins just outside of Omaha, Nebraska. It renews your belief in people when sometimes things become so hard to understand.

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  8. Over the years , I've seen a fall-off of this system in Australia . In England , it never really existed . Then again , England isn't particularly rural .............

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  9. The honor system is alive and well in rural Austria. Fruit, vegetables, and pick-your-own flowers are available along the roads, and even in built-for-purpose boxes on the main streets in some villages.

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  10. There is an honor system box that I pass on a daily basis here in Clifton, VA in Fairfax County which is located just outside of D.C. However, after living in DC for over 20 years, it is in many ways a world apart from the city. There are many places around here that still keep horses.

    SassyinClifton

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