The sign by the side of the road read "HONEY" so we stopped the car. There it was ($11 a jar), along with a basket of eggs (50 cents each), a wooden box labeled "Please put money in here" ... and no one to be found.
We don't know who set up this "honor stand" by the side of the road in Kaua‘i, but discovering it was a highlight of our recent travels. The local honey was richly flavored and well worth the cash we put in the box. Beyond that, we also appreciated knowing that the honor system still exists. This isn't something we normally see at home in the big city, but we wonder (hope!) it is alive and well in other parts of the world. Have you ever bought – or sold – anything from an "honor stand"?
Note: If you're looking for this particular stand, it's off Kuhio Highway/56 in Kilauea, a little south of Banana Joe's Fruit Stand (also worth a visit). The offerings may vary; on another occasion we noticed a sign for coconuts rather than honey.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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