Sunday, April 27, 2008

Is it just Long Island...

...or does the produce everywhere suck right now?

We use a lot of fresh produce: bell peppers, lettuces, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, scallions, cilantro, carrots, cabbage, lemons and limes, among other things. Lately, not only has the price of everything skyrocketed, the quality has gone into the toilet!

At least that's how it is here. White onions are often either green or they're moldy. Bell peppers are mushy; carrots are rubbery. Cilantro is yellow and brown, instead of its usual deep green. You can't find a good looking lime to save yourself: the rinds are spotted and tough to the touch. Scallions are wilted and even slimy. Cabbage tastes bitter instead of sweet. And the zucchini looks as though it was rescued from a dumpster.

Okay, so city folks: you have the fresh produce markets on the corner all over the place; is the produce below par in the markets? And for those of you who aren't in New York, is the produce bad where you are? And is the price terrible? $2.29 for a head of iceberg lettuce is ridiculous!



At 11:54 PM, April 30, 2008, Blogger Crash said...

Produce everywhere sucks.

At 10:36 AM, May 03, 2008, Blogger ATG said...

I'm in Virginia and it's sucking here too. Even the fancy grocery stores that usually sell fruit of perfection have really bad looking stuff now.

At 10:42 AM, May 14, 2008, Blogger Matt said...

I agree that produce in most grocery and high end stores are looking pretty nasty lately. And they are still expensive! What's with that? I went with my Mom one day to our local Pick N Save (local grocer) to buy some asparagus and they were selling for $5.99/lb..the stalks were pencil thin and brown. We left without purchasing anything. Ugh.


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