Saturday, May 23, 2009

Multi-National Mennonite Inc.

My wife, kids and I piled into the van and headed to the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market; it's a produce and trinket market where local farmers and craftsmen peddle their wares. At least, that's the idea. Maybe it was even like that once long, long ago. It has maintained a nugget of that ambiance, including Mennonites in traditional garb. But upon closer inspection it's quite something else. Take, for example, the Mennonite woman in a plain monochrome dress and bonnet... selling Crocks and Crock knock-offs. Unless the Ahmish have a highly-developed injection mold technology, I'll have to conclude that a good portion of their business is strictly retail. Other examples? How about raspberries from California? Blueberries from Florida? And oranges?!?!

I can't help but picture a stylishly dressed business high-roller talking on his cell phone on the 92nd floor of an office building in Manhattan. And his name is Jakob.

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