My World #123: Jam Tasting

12 Jun

On our way home from a day in Santa Cruz mountains, we passed by this cutesy sign on the road. All four of us in the car were one in saying we’d better stop and check it out. I initially wanted to stop to take photo of the sign. They wanted to taste some jams and jellies.

Wouldn’t you stop if the sign is this cute? It was drizzly when we were there.

Swanton Berry Farm sells organic berries and baked goods. It’s also a pick-your-own-berry farm. I noticed a family picking under the rain when we arrived.

Some of their goodies.

Chocolate-covered berries.

We sampled their different berry jams to our heart’s content. We weren’t the only ones sampling, btw. And then we shopped. When we were ready to pay for our purchases, we were pleasantly surprised.

No one is manning the tills. You pay for your own purchase, honor till they called it. Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t this unique? There was a guy coming and going bring crates of berries into the store, but he wasn’t really paying attention to the tills. In fact he was the one who told us to pay for our purchase on the counter.


Posted by on June 12, 2011 in My World


14 responses to “My World #123: Jam Tasting

  1. docgelo

    June 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    choco-coated strawberries are nice! the truck on the first photo’s lovely.
    and that honesty store, we have one back home too -i heard in batanes.

  2. Wren

    June 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I second the enthusiasm for the choco-strawberries, and I love the sign and the trust economy. There’s a small farm near our house that sells eggs that way – there’s a fridge in the garage and a money box beside it. Seems to work, which is reassuring, isn’t it?

  3. barb

    June 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Yum to the choco/strawberries and great to see that honor and honesty is still expected.

  4. Carver

    June 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    What a great place to find. I know that I’d have to sample and buy a lot there if I stopped. I’m happy to enter your link in That’s My World. I may wait and erase your comment about it until after I’ve done it so I won’t forget.

  5. ladyfi

    June 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    An honesty box – wow! Love it that people are still trusting in certain parts of the world. Those choc-covered berries look delicious!

  6. EG Wow, Canada

    June 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Jam tasting sounds like a fun time to me! Yes, it’s very refreshing to see that the owner trusts the people who shop at his place.

  7. Sylvia Kirkwood

    June 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I love the sign! And all the goodies look delicious!! Wish I was there right now! Delightful captures and a “delicious” post for the day! Hope you have a great week!


  8. Boom & Gary

    June 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Wow!! What a pleasant place. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  9. Riet

    June 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I would certainly stop over too. Everything looks delicious.

  10. LifeRamblings

    June 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    looks like a fun filled day and the choco covered berries look yummylicious.

  11. Yogi

    June 14, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Wow, that is quite a place. I could spend a lot of time and money in there, and electrons from my camera.

    I guess the honor system works for them. I think most people are honest.

  12. Indrani

    June 14, 2011 at 3:59 am

    The honor system is impressive!
    Loved staring at the chocolates. 🙂

  13. Kel

    June 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

    a very enticing sign indeed
    strawberries are not in season here, so this made my mouthwater

  14. Kim, USA

    June 15, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Oh my I am so impress. In the PI this will not happen lol!! The money and the goods are gone including your jar and the chairs lol!!


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