Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Horse poo and Honesty


Direct from producer to consumer: Horse poo $2. That's a good fertiliser! I drive past this paddock every Tuesday but for the first time yesterday the "producer" was there. I just had to stop and say hello. It gave me a chance to read the fine print at the bottom of the sign : Please leave money in the letterbox. Children's pocketmoney. Your honesty is appreciated.
The bags are right there by the side of the road.
Could this system work where you live?

Direct du producteur au consommateur : Crottin de cheval, 2$. Voilà un bon engrais ! Je passe devant ce pré tous les mardis matin mais pour la première fois hier le "producteur" était là. Je me suis arrêtée lui dire bonjour. Ca m'a donné l'occasion de lire les tous petits caractères en bas du panneau : Merci de laisser l'argent dans la boite aux lettres. Argent de poche des enfants, merci de votre honnêteté.
Les sacs de crottin sont juste là au bord de la route.
Est-ce que ce système marcherait là où vous habitez ?

21 comments:

Oya said...

Funny :)

Z said...

Oh yeah, horse manure is the best fertilizer. Will you laugh if I tell you that when I was in the US, I actually *called* local stables to beg for horse poo? Okay, they didn't charge me, and oh, the tomatoes I grew :-)

The honor system of payment seems to work in Switzerland. Some occasional small farm stands selling potatoes and apples operate this way, as well as fields with cut-your-own-flowers.

isabella said...

Hmmm...nothing personal against "the producer" (love horses!), but I think the owners should pay you to remove the crottin from their property, their benefits notwithstanding ;-)))
As far as the honesty issue: no, it would not work in Naples, Florida. Having said that, in Grand Rapids, Michigan (my summer home), there are plenty of unattended roadway fruit/veg. stands with just a jar for your payment. Ca marche!

edwin s said...

What a handsome producer!

i'm afraid it this system wouldn't work here in KL but then again, with the amount of 'neigh'sayers walking about, I should be making a ton from the crap they dish out. Like the sign said, pocket money for the children.

chamamy said...

Ici.....tout disparait,même un tas de bois que tu as empilé chez toi,et tu cherches désespérement ton argent de poche au pied du chêne!

Cristina said...

What ingenuity!! I've heard of using horse manure but was never brave enough to try it. My daughter comes home from the stables smelling like horse poo, so that is enough for me.

Olivier said...

Non à Evry, il n'y a pas de chevaux, donc pas de crottin. En plus c'est bien cette confiance.

Fay said...

That's a good catch! The horse looks like a "shop keeper", to keep an eye on people to make sure they pay!

Pod said...

that raised a titter. i used to see such signs in NZ all the time but was always whizzing by too fast to stop, but i would always smile. how sweet that it is the kids pocket money. one of the only childhood memories i have of my dad is collecting horse manure on a crisp dewy morning ;0)

photowannabe said...

Up in the private owned apple orchards the Honesty method works but in the city or suburbs no, I don't think so.
Great catch of the horse selling his wares.

bv said...

Well I don't know about horse poo but dog's doesn't work. Otherwise Paris' pavement will be a giant prosperous grass field by now, full of lilies and poppies!...

Je ne sais pas si le crottin de cheval fonctionne mais la crotte de chien, non. Aussinon les trottoirs de Paris seraient, a l'heure qu'il est, de magnifiques prairies pleine de fleurs!

hpy said...

J'en prendrais bien un peu pour mes fleurs, mais juste un peu car il ne faut pas en mettre de trop.

Meg in Nelson said...

And that's very short Poo mile!

Lavender Lady said...

This is a darling photo. We have similar systems here with flower stands. the lady I buy from seems to do well.

Mandi said...

The honesty policy wouldn't work in many countries. Certainly not here! But then people here don't have gardens where they could use the horse poo. ;-)

Ruth said...

Great pic. I like the honesty about what the money's for. As Isabella said, this system works here in MI, although every time I leave my dollars for a dozen ears of sweet corn, I wonder if everyone does. I guess the sellers wouldn't keep doing it if it didn't work for the most part.

Cergie said...

Quand je suis allée à dieppe il y a quinze jours, nous avons suivi plein de camions de fumier et ça m'a rappelé que c'est en hiver qu'on fume la terre

En alsace, ils mettaient les journaux dehors avec une soucoupe et chacun payait et se faisait la monnaie
C'était il y a 18 ans alors je ne sais si c'est toujours ainsi

Une fois, en me promenant près de chez moi dans un village, j'ai vu des potirons en tas près d'un mur à l'extérieur
Il y en avait un gros tas, j'étais avec une voisine, on a pensé que le jardinier ne savait plus que faire de sa production alors il l'offrait au chaland. On en a pris chacune un.

Bill said...

I once visited “the” store in “Uptown Luckenbach Texas”. There were a number of items for sale, but no one was around. A cardboard sign said: “Thank you for stopping by our shop! Add up total purchases and drop money in cookie jar! – Monroe- Remember – 1 free post card PER person!” They also posted another helpful sign: “Directions to Downtown Luckenbach – Go South on R.R. 1376 for 1 mile. Turn right on this side of creek!” We did as instructed (but took pictures of the signs first)

Bill said...

The honor system works quite will where I live, Western Massachusetts. We have apple stands, flower stands, vegetable stands, all with the honor system.

Nathalie said...

Thanks to all of you for the insight on how the honesty system works (or isn't even considered) in your part of the world. It certainly works in a rural environment... but I don't think it would in a city.

Thanks Pod for sharing this precious personal memory..

M.Benaut said...

You can imagine how much more juicy your tomates would have tasted if you had bought some horse poo. Ne est-ce pas? Vive la poo !!!