Thursday, April 20, 2006

Market Value

We're well into a three-day drought here in Northern California as the prodigal sun has returned — to steal a couple of phrases from the local media. I found myself sitting at the Marin Civic Center farmers' market Thursday drinking coffee (organic, fair-trade, etc.) that had gone up 25 cents since the last time the sun shone. Everything is going up in price. The egg man said he hadn't raised prices in years, but he will soon. A woman asked why, and he spoke one word: "Fuel."
It just may be that farmers at the market are the canaries in the coal mine (mixed fuel metaphor?) telling us what is about to happen. To get to Marin from Santa Rosa or the Capay Valley they have to shell out so we can shell their beans and eggs. In high school many years ago, my history teacher, Mr. Raphael, said the Great Depression didn't start when brokers started plummeting toward sidewalks, but when the farmers went broke. Thank God, here in luxo-Marin we still have a few farmers who head our way with their bounty and their realism.
This morning the front page of the SF Chronicle said, "War costs approach $10 billion a month." And the band played on.
Worse than all that money soaking into the desert is the blood. Blood for no oil. Is that what Halliburton and Bechtel and the Great Decider have given us?
Well, the sun was out and I spent some time with my friends, my neighbors and the farmers who faithfully visit twice a week, no matter the cost. I can get there on my bicycle, but who else in America can do all their business on 20 pounds of frame, chain and gears with a smidgen of grease?
The sun was out. I was out. I was out $2.25 for the coffee, but it was great.

11 Comments:

Blogger Dagny said...

Woohoo! Your second post on your blog.

Last November I went to see D.L. Hughley at a comedy club in Fairfield. A good portion of his act centered around the war and gas prices. He said that it is said that we now get excited to see $2 per gallon. He also said that he might be able to turn his back on the war for a minute if it meant that gas prices would go down.

Fortunately I do not use as much gas as I used to as I can now walk to work. The great thing about walking is that I can now also justify eating anything that I want to.

1:35 PM  
Blogger mrs d said...

Ahah! I knew there was a reason why Cookiecrumb accidentally posted a comment over on her blog with your blogger profile: so we could all track you down!

We have the added ::cough:: luxury on the island of higher gas prices (and just about everything else prices) due to ferry fare from trucking all the crap over from the mainland. I've a hunch this summer we'll not only reach $4.00 a gallon, but for the first time, veggies at the farmer's market may actually cost less than veggies at the grocery store. (Only because there's only so many miles a farmer can truck here before plunging into the sound.)

9:02 AM  
Anonymous kudzu said...

COngratulations on your blog, Cranky!

Pertinent thoughts on food and fuel. I am currently astonished when I read comments where people are paying tolls and using $$$$ gas to go to farmers markets so far from their homes. Of course we must support our farmers and producers who are having to add rising fuel costs to the disappointments of the winterus horriblus, but a little common sense tells us to shop where we live -- or as close to as possible.

9:18 AM  
Blogger cranky said...

Hey, thanks for making me feel at home in the blogosphere. Maybe I won't have to go out to coffee for company.

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