The Front Porch Farm Stand is becoming quite the hang out for local talent, musical talent, that is. One singer songwriter was so concerned upon hearing that two Walmarts were being built in a small foothill town of Altadena that he wrote a song. In fact, he wrote that song sitting in our front yard, enjoying a cup of organic coffee or maybe it was rose petal lemonade (can’t remember which).
Whilst I was helping customers with their orders, it was neat to take a peek and see him scribbling away writing lyrics. Even though we don’t live in Altadena, many of our farm stand customers do. With the birth of this song in our front garden and being a small business ourselves, we utilized our video and editing skills so that this song be heard.
In the great tradition of folk music protest, check out this just-posted demo cut of “Waltadena” composed and sung by Duane Thorin.
Sadly, this scenario is happening to small towns and businesses everywhere; however, there are certainly mixed feelings, especially in this economy with folks trying to save money to feed their families.
It’s just human nature to look for bargains. I mean we are all guilty of trying to “save a buck or two.”
At Eco Farm Conference one year there was a very heated discussion/exchange between Gary Hirshberg (CEO of Stonyfield) and longtime small farmer Elliot Coleman over the selling of organic foods to Walmart. One guy got up from the audience and said that he was from the south and THE only place one could purchase organic foods was Walmart.
Seems there’s a lot to be said on both sides.
What do you think? Are big box stores helpful or hurtful?
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