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Support Local Farms? Then Never Do What This Guy Did

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Forrest shares a Yelp review he found online along with suggestions about how local farm supporters might think before they type.

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I was surfing Yelp! recently, looking for a restaurant. “Hmm,” I asked myself. “I wonder if an
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About the author

Forrest Pritchard is a professional farmer and writer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William and Mary. His farm Smith Meadows was one of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for more than fifteen years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm (Click HERE) was named a Top Read by The Washington Post and NPR. Forrest’s new book The Farmer In Your Kitchen: A Celebration Of Extraordinary Farms And Local Flavors is slated for release in Fall 2015, from the award-winning press The Experiment.


  1. Kent Reeves says:

    Forrest – Too bad the reviewer didn’t contact you first and ask the simple question, ‘why could the eggs be different from my first experience?’ Uniform eggs are the product of ‘factorization’ of production. It is the beauty of diversity and yes, certain factors may influence each week. Do you provide information about your farm and operation? sometimes it is not enough to have folks ask, but to provide the information ahead time about pasture raised eggs. Just a thought. Be well and stay outa the wire…

  2. Paul Nehring says:

    As someone who often reads reviews before I purchase products, there is something I find to be just as powerful as a negative review, and that is the business’ reply to that review. A caring, reasoned reply, sharing the information as to why there was a difference in the eggs could actually be quite beneficial, and educational not just to the complaining customer, but to others reading that review–how many people understand what is going on with pastured eggs in winter when there is usually no pasture? Probably not many. Of course, it would be wise to offer the customer an opportunity to try your eggs again, by privately connecting with him/her and offer a free dozen.

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