Earlier today I pulled down several posts I'd written about the consequences of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's decision to suspend permission tor Hendricks Farms and Dairy (where I am chef) to sell raw -unpasteurized- milk. I decided to take down the posts following the advice of counsel who worried that the State might find something in them that was offensive , inflammatory or defamatory and thereby compound what was already an awful problem.
So, not wanting to be the potential cause of any trouble for Trent Hendricks and his family, I removed the posts. While I am not at all happy that I chose to remove information that I believed (and still believe) was true, I am equally sure that it was the right thing to do given the uncertain and by all appearances tenuous condition of the Hendricks farm and family during the previous week.
But all is well that ends well and today the State reinstated our permit to sell raw milk.
I'd like to thank all of you who have written to me or commented on the retracted posts. Your kind words of support and in some cases, willingness to act, mean a lot. Finally, I hope that you do not see my failure to keep the balloon of information in the air as a sign of anything other than me wanting to do the right thing and perhaps, screwing it all up.