By The Hat
A farmer at
our local Farmer’s Market had a blanket
laid out on the ground, filled with
wonderful vegetables, some in baskets,
some just in piles.
I held up a
giant zucchini, and I asked him how
The man smiled and said, "It's by the
hat. It's the hat method." I didn’t
know what he was talking about. He
pointed to a big old farmer's type hat,
filled with dollar bills, that sat on
the edge of the blanket.
“You just put in what feels right to you,” he
"Give me an idea," I
no," he said, "then it wouldn't be by the hat."
He truly offered his vegetables for what people
had in their hearts to pay. He was not attached.
He really wasn't. He didn't even stay around.
And he was so generous with the sweep of his
hand that I had such a different feeling. I felt
that I had been given a great gift, and, with
all my heart, I wanted to pay him enough. It
felt like joy to receive, and joy to give.
He was there to be
rewarded for his labors. The vegetables weren’t
for free. Only he wasn't dictating the price. He
truly let go. He wanted his vegetables to go to
as many good homes as possible and give all the
nourishment they were made for.
are happy you are here, and we want to emulate
that beautiful farmer.
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