walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Today's Activities Include: Train! Lunch, shops

T. wanted to ride the train. I offered Boston -- he wanted to go the other way, or at least Not Boston. And then I went, d'oh. Let's reduce the size of this outing. Dramatically. I said, how about we take the train to West Concord (one stop), have lunch at the 99 (less than 100 yards from the platform) and then take the train back. Sold!

A. latched onto this program, so R. got her ready thinking he'd drive over to Concord and meet us, serving as a Back Up Plan. But no, she wanted the Train!!! So we parked two cars (yikes) in the parking lot (almost empty) and went to West Concord. We got to buy tickets with our phones (kids under 12 ride free with a paying adult), which was very smooth. They just visually check the ticket -- they don't read the bar code (yet).

After lunch, we got cupcakes at Concord Teacakes and a hat and gloves at Concord Firefly (A. had left without hers and my second pair of gloves -- don't ask -- was absolutely huge on her; the hat was for me, but I could have loaned her my other hat if she wanted it but she didn't complain about her head being cold with her hood up so I didn't worry about it). I bought wool socks at the fishing outfitter. We got some paper plates (T.'s choice) at New Leaf. And eventually, we rode the train back.

Oh, and we stopped at Debra's Natural Gourmet, which is one of those organic food stores (sort of like Horizon on 15th on Cap Hill, for my Seattle friends) that is maybe a quarter supplements/naturopathic/holistic stuff and there's also a juice bar in there, too. I was almost out of mayo, and figured I could just grab some there and save myself a trip to Roche Bros or Donelan's later in the day. It took a while to figure out where the mayo was (they have Bubbi's pickles! Yay! Didn't buy any today but will remember). Interestingly, Eden Organics was the entire display in the front window, and they had end caps as well. Which raises a fascinating series of questions. Like, in the past (pre ACA lawsuit), Eden wouldn't have felt compelled to buy space at a place like Debra's -- they would have sold reflexively and not had to pay. If they are feeling like they have to buy goodwill and space, how well is that working?

And does that mean there's a real chance they will eventually capitulate?

Here's a blog entry that provides a good sense of how hard it has been for Eden's long time customers to boycott them:


I stopped buy Eden a while back, but I don't know how meaningful that is, given how much is still sitting in the pantry.

It took me a while to even become aware of what Eden was up to; here's what I posted when I belatedly found out back in July.


ETA: Here's what another coop store did in the wake of the law suit.


More local to Seattle (including Central Co-Op, where I used to shop when we lived on Jackson when T. was born):


In general, co-ops appear to be discussing this as organizations, paying attention to sales. As individual products drop, they are refocusing their shelf space on the products which are selling. This, in turn, suggests that Eden is feeling compelled to buy display space in an effort to counter this trend.

On the whole, as irritating as I found it to have to look at a window full of Eden products at Debra's today, I am happy to learn that Eden is giving Debra's what is presumably a chunk of change -- for product placement that is unlikely to counteract their actual drop in sales, and which might function as an opportunity to further educate people who are unaware of what Eden is doing as a company to make life harder for the women who work for them.

Austin co-op voted, 65%-35% in favor of dropping Eden products, in November.


Bozeman had a vote, came out roughly even, letting individual boycotts tip item by item decisions:


Another co-op put it to a vote during their annual election and the boycott did not pass.


It's worth remembering that organic/naturopathy/holistic/alternative medicine DOES NOT cleanly align with either the left or right wing in United States politics, or at any regional or local level that I know of. The Organics designation of the late 1990s was accomplished through a true, cross-the-aisle coalition of individuals and organization, and its success (and how people felt about that success) really illuminated how different the components of this group really are from each other. It's increasingly clear that where the Organics designation battle united a lot of people, and marginalized those who were ideologically opposed to compromise, the Eden Foods lawsuit is not going to result in group action. We'll have to wait and see how the additive effects of individual actions work out both for the business and the politics of this issue.
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