I figured that the protesters were probably driving people away from visiting her stand--no such fuss in front of the beef and poultry stands--, so I went over and asked her about her product, her farm, rabbit recipes she might recommend, and signed up on her mailing list. I also bought a rabbit. The protesters 'drove me to it', in a way, with all their ruckus. Outside of fancy restaurants and specialist butcher shops (which are about as rare as a four-leaf clover 'round these parts), one really can't find rabbit meat for sale in No. California. Rabbit seems a sort of luxury item, but not one I'd shy away from eating, if it were more readily available. I was certainly spoiled living in Switzerland, where both rabbit and horse are sold in supermarkets. There are also no protesters to contend with in CH, so that's a plus.
|The thaw before the cook.|
A few days after the 'protest purchase', I received an email from the rabbit farmer letting those on the mailing list know that the famers' market had 'ejected' her stand from the market because of the protests. She also wrote that she endeavors to set up a possible delivery service to those who live within a certain range of her business. What I don't understand is why the market organizers could not have removed the protesters to a spot outside of market grounds in order to carry on their protesting. Could there not already be a precedent for such things? That way the protesters could keep yelling and the Rabbit Lady could keep selling. Instead the rowdy anti-rabbit crowd (of three) were rewarded for obnoxious behavior and the solo farmer punished for hers.
As I write, the rabbit is cooking. I'm attempting to make rabbit stifado. The kitchen smells of spices and red wine. So far, so good. Thanks, Rabbit Lady, and may you find another venue for selling your wares.