I Get My Food -- and a Dose of Reality -- at Geppetto's Toy Box

People are people, and in any group, a measurable number are ethically challenged

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By David Hammond

The spring season has begun, which means my family can expect weekly CSA deliveries from Genesis Growers. Every week, Farmer Vicki packs up a surprise package of produce for us and other members of the CSA, which we pick up at Geppetto’s Toy Box, the designated drop-zone.

As reported by blogger Lisa Browdy a few weeks ago, a CSA  is basically a service that provides subscribers with weekly deliveries of food from the far: “CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A farm sells memberships to individual families at the beginning of the growing season, and each family gets a box of whatever the farm has harvested that week.”

Eric Masoncup, who owns Geppetto’s with his wife, Brandy, told me that he allows his store to be used as a pick-up location for Genesis Growers because he feels it’s easier for the community to stop by a place of business than someone’s house (which is very true). Masoncup also mentioned that when he was just another member of this CSA, and food was dropped off on the porch of a local home, he’d experienced a lot of his eggs being “picked up” by people who had not ordered or paid for them.

It’s unfortunate that people in this food-conscious “community”-sponsored agricultural network violate the honor system by stealing other people’s stuff, but I guess it’s to be expected.

My fellow food journalist Ari Bendersky is editor of Eater Chicago, and he writes  a column called “Sh*t People Steal,” which is all about the stuff people lift from restaurants, including silverware, salt and pepper shakers, napkins, etc., but also art work from the bathrooms and basically anything that isn’t nailed down. If you’re a restaurant owner, you probably know just what I’m talking about.

I guess I expected a higher level of ethical behavior from people who support local farms, but that was clearly a naïve notion. People are people, and in any group, a measurable number are ethically challenged.

All that aside, it’s very good of the of the folks at Geppetto’s Toy Box to make their doorway available as a drop-off/pick-up point for our food.  Thanks,  Masoncups.

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