I was at the Farmer’s market. We were thinking about buying some radishes. I don’t know why radishes, my partner just had a hankering.
Radishes were at one booth manned by a couple of senior citizens. Radishes were also at the booth directly across manned by a young couple with a big farm banner.
My partner went directly to the first booth without noticing the other folks. They were $1/bunch. I pointed out that there were radishes across too and maybe we should comparison shop. So he turned around and we discussed the radishes. Hm, these radishes are $3/bunch and across the way they’re $1. The young woman overhearing said, “That’s because farming is our life and our full-time job and they’re just here on the weekends.”
Which was not what I was expecting at all. Really? She wants us to buy her 3x as expensive produce because she needs the money more and this is her job instead of a hobby? “That’s really not a good way to sell your produce, saying that you need the money more than they do,” I said. (“That’s not what I meant,” says the lady.) At this point my partner decides he wants to crawl into a hole and hide. Then I look at the banner and notice that it says “grown with sustainable organic practices.” So I ask about the organic, and she confirms that yes, they are organic farmers. I say, “organic is a good reason to be more expensive, why not sell that rather than you need the money more than the other people.” At which point my partner decides he no longer wants radishes and drags me back to the car before I can embarrass him further.
Back in the car I feel guilty and terrible because I have been unpleasant without actually purchasing anything, and I do want to encourage more organic produce at this market which is mostly conventional stuff, so I send the partner out to buy a bunch of dratted radishes from the $3/bunch people even though I’m not really that crazy about radishes.
What would you have done? What should we have done?