Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Honor System

We went to our favorite farm stand the other day. It is closed up tight for the winter but you can still buy cider that is frozen solid, wood by the stack and horse corn on the honor system. Just tally up your total, place your money in an envelope and slide it under the door.

I love this country approach to tending the store. I first encountered the honor system at a farm stand in Vermont, where you could buy vegetables and flowers by leaving your money in a tiny metal box. The box was left unlocked with all of the days proceeds in it, so you could make change. Of course. No worries, right? There was a scale for weighing and paper for tallying and a whole lot of faith in human honesty on that rough wooden counter.

Photo found here on flicker.

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