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Post photographer Michael Williamson is traveling across the country covering the economic situation.

The Fruits of Our Labor


A vegetable stand in Conneaut, Ohio. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post

There’s a certain trust to the self-serve vegetable stand, an expectation that a passerby will take a few squash and leave a dollar, maybe even two. It’s one of the few businesses balanced on blind faith, on the belief that people will do the right thing, even when unwatched.

And for most part, it seems, they do.

Except for the woman in the white car.

Michael and I were in Conneaut, Ohio when we saw a stand on the side of the road with a handwritten note. “Would the people stealing please stop especially the lady in the white car,” it said. The word "please" was underlined.

As we drove away, feeling a little suspicious in our own white car, we couldn’t help but wonder: Had the recession eroded trust even here, even over an ear of corn?


A vegetable stand in Union, Michigan. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post

By Theresa Vargas  |  September 11, 2009; 11:52 AM ET
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I love this! I also believe the majority of people will do the right thing even when not watched. It is just those damn few in white cars that seem to ruin things!Ha!

Posted by: keb09 | September 11, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, those vegetables are gorgeous! I live in Ohio and my garden tanked this summer.

Posted by: mlc2 | September 11, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"quest to find images and stories of people whose lives have been altered by a flattened economy" -- as much as I have felt blessed to be brought in closer to the suffering of the people of this country, I've recently felt that this blog has moved away from what it originally set out to do.
In the absence of being on the back roads myself, as a photojournalist, and experiencing the heartache and grief that comes along with a summer long adventure, I know that the condition of what "is" in California is no different that what "is" in Indiana or Ohio. Deliver information in an interesting way.

Posted by: washedlikeadish | September 13, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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