Sitting down with a local farmer recently, I had to laugh when she lamented the fact that so many customers wanted to chit chat. She said she's too busy farming to get to know her customers. She's too busy making sales at the farmers market to answer the same questions again and again. She wants to grow really great food and sell it. She does appreciates our business, of course, she just isn't into the chit chat.
"Getting to know your farmer" seems to be the mantra of the local foods movement, from Michael Pollan to Ag Secretary Vilsack. But did anyone ask farmers if they want to get to know us consumers? It's a lot to expect that they grow great food and also become my personal farm educator, answering my naive questions about farming.
I know that everyone is different, and I'm sure many farmers like the chit chat and want to share what they know. But others aren't people people, or are maxed-out by farming itself, and they still produce great food. I won't hold it against them. I'll still buy their products.