In our family I am usually the one that writes the letters however recently my A became so enraged he decided to write a letter. That letter is below. I would like to point out that I have changed the name of the Dairy and the Egg farms. I really don’t feel like getting sued.
Let me tell you getting sued is not fun.
The sun slowly rises above the tree line as several cows wander out from the barn and into the field. The air is still is silent, broken only by the quack of the ducks on a nearby pond. As the dew begins to burn off the fresh green grass the cows are called into the milking shed and hooked up the milking machines by happy smiling workers.
One has to stop and wonder how did I end up in such an idyllic place? From the big red barn to the slowly meandering steam, to the bells echoing from the quaint white church on the hill this is New England though and through.
Unfortunately I am not really in this place but I have the next best thing I am drinking a cold glass of Barkie Dairy milk on my back porch. You see Barkie dairy has the best milk around hands down and if you want a real treat try the chocolate or the coffee milk. They simply can not be beat.
Yes I can say I am a huge fan of Barkie Dairy milk.
Recently however I had an experience that was completely out of character with what I have come to expect from the Dairy. I have been a customer for a little over a month and have been slowly testing out products and expanding the scope of my order. I love the Chicken Salad and the Shrimp and Corn chowder is awesome. Based on these previous experiences I could was so excited to get my Guacamole kit. I love Guacamole and to be able to get all the ingredients in kit format that is just the cherry on top of the sundae.
My Guacamole kit showed up on Thursday and I was so excited, unfortunately I was too busy to make the Guacamole on Thursday so it had to wait until Sunday evening. I planned a whole Mexican themed dinner around the Guacamole, enchiladas, rice and beans and some tacos. It was going to be great. As soon as I sliced open the Avocado I got a bad feeling, it was way too hard to slice. Avocados should be soft and this thing was as firm as an 8 day old pizza. I did manage to get the Avocado’s sliced and tried to mash them up in a food processor but I ended up with tiny little chunks about the consistency of couscous. It was just not good. Avocado couscous is just not good.
Fortunately as I began my preparations for Hari-Kari my wife intervened and ran out and bought me some new Avocados at the local store which were soft and mashed up nicely. I was able to use the kit with these new avocados and the guacamole was very good. However I am very dismayed that the Barkie Dairy Avocados were so poor. I would say that perhaps they were not ripe but these were not even close, it would have taken at least a week for them to ripen by which time tomatoes in the kit would have perished.
I guess all I can say is nice try, poor execution. However this does raise another point. Personally I view Barkie Dairy as a premium service offering me the best local food around. (Obviously there are no Avocado groves in Delaware). I hope my recent Avocado experience is just an anomaly and not an indication of the produce Barkie is delivering. This was my 1st produce experience and I found it severely lacking so I am wondering if I should try again so just stick to milk.
It seems Barkie goes to great lengths to take good care of their cows and provide them with a happy life. Even going so far as to get them water beds to sleep on, this is awesome, if I had a cow I would want it to sleep on a water bed unless it got sea sick.
I am a huge fan of sustainable agriculture and try to my best to avoid animal exploitation was much as possible and Barkie’s image seems to be in line with that goal.
Which brings me to another issue. I don’t understand your eggs. Barkie Dairy is selling Little Chickie farms eggs and packaging them in Barkie Dairy labeling. Your website even quotes the following
Brown Eggs are local eggs…. Well, you know the rest!
Unfortunately I do know the rest. Little Chickie farms is in fact local but that is about it. Little Chickie farms debeaks their chickens, keeps them in small cages and engages in the practice of molting their hens. Molting is the process of starving hens until they have lost 15-20% of their weight in order to increase egg production. A little time on the internet will show you a lot about little Chickie farms, in fact, far more than I ever wanted to know.
I really don’t see why Barkie Dairy is associated with this farm. It really does not fit my image of what Barkie Dairy seems to be all about. I am a realist and do understand that the lives of farm animals are not exactly ideal. I am aware of what happens at cattle feed lots and slaughter houses and yet I do still choose to eat beef. I guess I made the assumption that since Barkie Dairy seems to pride it self on the treatment of its cows it would only partner with like vendors.
Thanks for you time, I really do love your milk and am very disappointed that you are choosing to carry these eggs. I will still continue to buy your milk but I promise you I will never ever buy these “Local Eggs” and I am reluctant to buy any produce based on the avocado catastrophe.
A fan of Barkie Dairy Milk, maybe produce but definitely not Eggs!