Missouri Market Adopts Corn Policy
Yep, the always innovative Webb City Farmers Market in Missouri is at it again.
On the market blog, Eileen Nichols writes:
Our Facebook page has also been a great source of information from customers. We’ve had a recent discussion regarding corn – and corn worms. That has allowed us to let folks know that the market board adopted a new corn policy this winter. Now when a load of corn pulls in, one of the market managers selects six ears at random, shucks them and displays them just as they are in a clear plastic bag at that stand so folks can see a representative selection. With the shuck on, it’s impossible to tell if there are worms or worm damage or if the corn is well-filled or skimpy or even if it is yellow or bi-color. Now when you buy corn, you can look over the display bag at each stand and choose the corn you want.
Market shoppers: Would you find this practice helpful in deciding which corn to purchase?
Farmers: Do you think a policy like this, one applied across the board to all vendors selling corn, would level the playing field? Would six, randomly selected ears be representitive of the corn you bring to market on a given day?
Managers: What are your initial reactions? Would you have the staff time to do this at your market? Would a similar policy address concerns shoppers have share with you in the past?