Some readers may have noticed a very nice letter to the editor in the Beloit Daily News – if not here it is….Letter From Morningstar
This unprompted, no-bribe-required letter was very nice and actually heart warming if I do say so. Many folks have stopped in looking for raspberries and yogurt since the letter appeared.
The reality is that behind the scenes of Bushel & Peck’s are a lot more people that enjoy bringing their products into the store, having lunch and going back home to their passion. Whether it be a soap maker or a potato grower or a borgeoning young sausage maker, many people come to Bushel & Peck’s looking to sell their goods. And very rarely, do we say no. Sometimes we make money, sometimes it’s an experiment and we don’t. But we always try to sell a good product from a local producer.
And while our produce case isn’t overflowing with fluffy green lettuce and bright and shiny apples, everything you see is local, recent, homegrown, fresh and keeps a dollar in the local economy. Some days you can come into the store and stumble upon the Raspberry Guy, The Apple Guy, The Honey Guy, The Elk Lady, The Chicken Guy (AKA Lamb Guy) and so on, perhaps all in the store within an hour of one another, stopping in to see what we need. This, to me, is so different than the Sysco Guy and the WalMart hauler showing up at the back door.
It’s cool – I wonder if there were actually a time when stores and restaurants were supplied this way? When was that?