During the summer, a little “farm stand” appears here in Hope Mills. It is on Main Street, right past what used to be our little lake (used to be because the dam broke a few years ago, and the replacement dam that the city had an engineering firm built at great expense failed within two years! – but that is a whole different story).
Back to the farm stand: Charlie and I occasionally stop there to pick up fresh fruit and the occasional fresh vegetable. Around lunch time today, on my way home from work, I stopped there to get a watermelon. I bought two, a basket of peaches and a few yellow squash. Everything was arranged in crates, little baskets or sold off the back of their truck. All of it was telling the buyer’s subconscious mind: “farm fresh”!
Imagine my surprise, when I picked up on of the peaches to eat (the one that is missing from the basket that you see in the picture) and I saw this:
Since when do peach trees grow peaches with barcodes on them? And now that I am questioning the peaches, how do I know all the rest of the produce did not come from a mass-produced-whereever?
Of course there may be several “innocent” explanations for the barcodes on my peaches, but do I really believe any of them? And does this issue stir enough curiosity in me to stop there the next time I drive by and question whoever is manning the stand about it?
Farm fresh peaches – complete with barcodes!