A discussion came up today in the cheese room. It has come up many times before in many different settings. Still, it nags at me.
When you shop at a farmers market, and buy from a known local producer, do you “assume” that everything on their table is from them, produced or grown by them, and represents only their farm/operation? That is of course, unless they have clearly labeled it otherwise? How do you feel about the produce person who may supplement their table with other locally grown items, but not told you? Do you automatically assume they grew all of it themselves? Not picking on produce here, just an example. Another example might be who really actually produced all that honey in that jar? Who really actually milked that animal that gave the milk for that bottle of milk or hunk of cheese? Or who actually grew that animal for meat? And from what point, birth, or purchased to “finish off” just prior to marketing?
This is not finger pointing, as I know of very little of this going on, but it does happen. One thought is a) it is deceptive and not right b) one thought is that it is the buyers duty not to assume and ask c) one is that no one really cares.
Where are you on this one?