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AN UNCATALOGUED USE FOR THE VERSATILE AUTOMOBILE

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AN UNCATALOGUED USE FOR THE VERSATILE AUTOMOBILE

The New York Times
September 23, 1917


Families owning autos are beginning to make a practice of going direct to the farm for fresh vegetables, eggs, and poultry. Some small truck farmers have sold practically all their vegetable crop at the farm gate this season. They receive orders over the phone and they are ready for delivery when the car calls. A truck farmer of this type near New York said to a purchaser:

"This is the tenth order for corn I have filled this morning".

"You are fortunate," said the purchaser, "to sell your stuff without leaving your place."

"The people who buy this way are also fortunate," said the farmer, "for this corn was pulled only two hours ago. It is the only way to get really fresh vegetables, by coming to the farm for them in an auto. Not even the finest hotels can supply fresh vegetables like these, for vegetables lose something of their flavor every hour they are on the market in the city."

Many advantages of owning an auto have been pointed out by those who are interested in promoting their sale, but this apparently is a new use for the motor car—rapid transit from the farmer's garden to the city table.



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