SORRY, WE ARE OUT!
I can't tell you how many times I've told people," Sorry, we are out," "Sorry, no more till next year." "Sorry, sorry, sorry" While most take the news pretty easy but with a tinge of disappointment some, on the other hand, get suspicious like I have a stash of eggs somewhere that I'm withholding. Sorry, folks, but we are all in this together--when the chickens don't lay, we all have to do without eggs. No pancakes for us either!
Small farmers struggle with supply and demand even though it is hard to keep telling folks "Sorry, there is no more." That's a good sign, though tough to hear, especially with consumers because that means that this farmer is actually growing the stuff locally. Here in LA there's been some "issues" with a few farmers market vendors.
I mean, how can a vendor have eggs or berries 365 days a year? Any true farmer knows that's downright impossible. If they do have a constant supply of anything, then something stinks more than the manure.
Here at our front porch farmstand, when we and our other farm partners in food are out, we are truly out. We grow in and out with the seasons and our baskets will too.
Of course, I have to admit it does pose a hindrance to some customers who like to have a steady supply. So would ;I but it just doesn't work that way, especially if you are small like we are.
To be a local food producer you can't supply it all, all the time. So next time you hear a farmer say "Sorry, we are out" give them a high five and say "way to grow!" and the go about asking what veggies or fruits they DO have. Then you might just have to change that Raspberry Tart recipe into a Pear Tart.
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