Weaving the thread of my previous post.
Aside from the super-high quality of organic ingredients available at market, I love the way market vendors cast out and reel me in with their service. This afternoon was a great example. The guys at Luken’s Poultry, Fish & Seafood had agreed to save fish heads for me as they filleted fish throughout the day on their busy Sat. So when I called mid-afternoon, they said “come ahead.” As I made eye contact with one of the vendors, she said “Are you Linda? You’ve been the talk of the stand today.” Really, how so?
Each time a fish was filleted, one of the guys would say, “Save that head for Linda.” And “Toss that head in the bag for Linda.” They had accumulated a tad less than six pounds of heads for me, for which I paid about a buck. [I did end up spending another $30 on cod fillets and shrimp. They iced the shrimp before bagging it. Giving is reciprocal.]
Vendors whose livelihood is direct to the customer exercise care in that relationship, unlike a grocery store shopping experience. Simple, extra steps that imply mutual support.