The Farmer’s Market Dupe! Again!

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Remember last month I wrote about my “tomato deception“?  I was finding tomatoes at farm stands that were suspicious and didn’t appear to be “farm grown”.   When I asked one place if they actually grew the tomatoes, they confessed they didn’t, but didn’t have it marked anywhere.  If you didn’t ask, you’d pay top-dollar for grocery store tomatoes.

Nasty deception!

I eventually bought tomatoes at a farm stand that said they grew them, but I could tell by their flavor after eating and cooking them, they were 100% greenhouse. I was suspicious of the smell immediately but took a risk out of desperation.  I regretted it.

After eating them, I asked my husband who drove by the location, to ask again. On the second inquiry, he was told yes, they grew up them, but they do start out in a greenhouse (cough, cough) so they can get more tomatoes.  To that I say, “Bullshit”.  They are greenhouse tomatoes and this farmer isn’t honest.

Two down out of two. Damn!

And now today, a reader of mine in Canada, who saw my post last month sent me this article about investigations into farmer’s markets in Ontario over this exact scenario!

And guess what?

Yep, exactly as I said:  Deception found in more farmer’s markets!

Many people when I first start uncovering things like this think, “Oh she’s just over-reacting. That can’t be true. I’m sure its just a miscommunication or one-time situation. It’s probably not an issue…”

I know those reactions well.

I can read them on people’s faces when they start glazing over at me.

And yes, it can make me nuts. That’s why I don’t share deceptions when they are really out there, because people think I am the one out there.  Thank you very much!

So there you have it, proof!

Seeing what I saw and reading this is happening in Canada, too,  I suspect this is a wide-spread practice now.  Farmers have learned its a profitable business for them.

Buyer beware!

Tomato Deception. Yes, seriously.

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So this weekend, with fall fast approaching in the north, I decided to go out for some farm-fresh tomatoes so I can cook them into a heavenly sauce and freeze fresh packets of summer for a long winter. I didn’t do this for a couple of years and I miss it.

I’ve noticed with our heavy rains this year, the tomatoes I’ve bought so far haven’t been the greatest. Everywhere I went, they are bruised, look beat up and just not appetizing. And the ones I ate? They were tough, and flavorless.  So I drove around to a few new places.   One farm that I entered had nice looking tomatoes for sale right out front in wooden baskets.  I figured I could work with those.   I went in to inquire about the cost of a half-a-bushel.  I was told that those wouldn’t be sold by the bushel, but they had “slicer” tomatoes in back that I could buy in bulk.

“Slicer?”  I thought that didn’t sound right.  Who grows “slicer” tomatoes?  I hadn’t heard of that before.

I went back and looked at the ones they wouldn’t sell me and I noticed the boxes they were sitting in were professionally printed boxes that had the correct name for each type they contained. That seemed odd.  I then went back inside and when I questioned the girl if they were grown on their farm, she told me no, they bought these tomatoes.

A FARM bought their tomatoes.

Hello!  I feel like I am living in an alternate reality sometimes. How does that make sense???

I was shocked.  I’m in farm fields for miles and miles and I want to buy tomatoes and they aren’t growing them. They are buying them!!  And its profitable for them to sell them?   Well, of course, it is!  They are selling them as if they were homegrown when they aren’t. I can guarantee dozens and dozens of unsuspecting customers paid for “farm” grown tomatoes and got greenhouse.

Just wow.

Unbelievable, isn’t it?

Next time you think you are getting farm-fresh — you might want to ask first where it was grown. I certainly will going forward!

Sean Spicer “Equally Involved”

I was watching TV last night when Sean Spicer’s press conference was discussed from earlier in the day.  When they posted the text of what he said, I about fell off my chair!

Can you see why?  I will share my thoughts in the comment section in the coming days.

Liars never realize their subconscious slips speak so loud and reveal so much.

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President Trump: “I faced great pressure…”

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Trump made a very telling statement this week. Did you catch it?

He said in discussions about firing Comey to the Russians, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” (Source)

Hmmm…. did you think about that?

He faced great pressure.

How does that work if you are not involved with Russia with any corrupt dealings?

If you are honest and not involved in any Russian entanglements, you would find any accusation laughable and baseless. There would be no pressure. It would actually be entertaining because you’d have nothing to fear.  You’d know you are in the right. You’d shrug it off knowing the truth will come out and you’d likely not give it a second thought.

BUT…if you are a liar and have a lot to hide, you’d have pressure. Lots of it!

Firing Comey was a short term release on a much bigger pressure cooker. It’s only just getting started!

Liars leak big clues, you just have to pay close attention.

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Family of Thieves (20/20)

Did you catch 20/20 this past weekend?  The show featured the story of the criminal Cabello family as they stole nearly $4 million in orchestrated bank-related heists.

Archie Cabello found a life of a crime was lucrative for him because he was able to out-smart the system time-and-time again, but finally after decades, the law caught up with him.

If you haven’t watched the story, I highly recommend it. It’s fascinating.

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In thinking about the whole story, a few thoughts ran through my mind, one of which was:  Do you really think Archie’s family turned on him?

Or was it part of his intelligent genius to have his family “save themselves” from a life of prison by talking and pointing the finger at him?

Wouldn’t that be the ultimate con gaming the system one last time?

Archie was certainly smart enough to save his wife and son, don’t you think?

I think they put on a big game in their dislike for one another, and what flagged me to this was the fact that Vincent, who supposedly turned Archie in (after the cops discovered their 100 credit cards) wouldn’t speak to the media about how “wronged he was” by his father.  If you are willing to go to the police and turn your father in, you’d be willing to talk about it. But Vincent had no interest. Neither did his wife.

It makes you go “Hmmm….”

Furthermore, I was surprised that the banks never hired a private investigator to put surveillance on the Cabello family to recover their money.  I mean why not pay someone to follow them 24/7?  It would be pennies compared to their losses.  The Cabellos had to get money from somewhere and they should have been easily able to track where the loot was, right?  The Cabellos did put a large portion of their money in a safe at a company after all. Archie and the family rarely worked so they had to get money from somewhere.  It seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?

They still have $1.8M unaccounted for, and you know Vincent and Archie’s wife will have to access it at some point.