Our friends at Merriam-Webster OnLine say:
1 : to act as patron of : provide aid or support for
2 : to adopt an air of condescension toward : treat haughtily or coolly
3 : to be a frequent or regular customer or client of
I could not help but notice the editorial in the Nashua Telegraph about a holdout Hollis farmer named David Orde who posted a very telling sign (in my mind anyway) in the entrance of his farm stand that reads: “Support your local farms or watch houses grow.”
Or watch houses grow? As in trying to prevent more of the yuppie MacMansions which now inhabit much of the extinct Hollis farms?
Or is this about fresh vegetables?
If I were to promote an effort to help farmers in New Hampshire, or anywhere else for that matter, the first thing I would do is release them from the crushing, ruthless, elitist, mind-numbing regulations imposed by the likes of — well for instance — Hollis-type zoning and conservation commission regulations, not to mention the DES, DOT, OSHA, and the rest of the usual suspects.
How about the tax-and-spend ethnic cleansers who stalk the Hollis Town Meeting every year trying to spend and bond the tax rate up so high locals have to move out. That might be a good place to start “helping farmers.” Oh, but Hollis elitists just funded, with tax dollars, a study to find out why people are having to sell their homes as if they don't know how it all came about. (Or do I sense a cheap attempt at stemming some faint pang of guilt? Naaah!)
My take on this:
It isn't about the “veggies,” its about the yuppies in Hollis keeping this farmer in “business” until they can raise enough money to buy up this place with bonded tax dollars and make Hollis into an even more exclusive burg than it is now. These are trust fund, portfolio voters at the helm for Pete's sake.
They say small farming isn't really a business but a lifestyle. In this case I believe it is more of a means to a political end.