Yep. I trust my nose when buying fruit and some veggies. If I can't smell the, I know they won't be delicious. I'm teaching both Sam and Charlie this too. Though, Charlie just has fun pretending to sniff stuff. It's Sam who gets the pop quizzes. *grin*
My nose is definitely the way to go.
This is why I go to the local farmer's market in the (thankfully very long in SoCal) summer time. I buy heirloom tomatoes, lumpy and streaked in purple, black, yellow, orange, and green. I buy brown bags filled with stone fruit, bruised and delicate and perfect. I buy yellow Wax Beans that taste as like my grandmother's garden bounty as anything ever could. I also get to try out fruits and vegetables that are strange to me- chayote, dragon fruit, the amaaaaaazing sapote.
I am thankful for winter produce, certainly, but it is the summer that tastes like it is supposed to.
I love visiting my mother-in-law in Vacaville because of the amazing fruits and vegetables.
the police officer who guards the front door of the store
really!?? my mind is blown away ...
all I smell is the industrially refrigerated air of the grocery store
and my brain that was raised on foodstamps starts counting the cost of all the waste. as a society, we waste so much, and not just food - but the food we waste is abhorrent.
my grandmother would roll over in her grave if she could see a modern kroger.
remember when the flowers at the grocery store had scents? i refuse to buy flowers that don't come from a florist. none of them have any scent to speak of! sure, they're beautiful, for the most part, but ... i don't want to drop $30 on a bunch of roses with no scent.
the first table of peaches in the store
i've bitched about peaches all summer, but there's nothing anyone can do about it. i realized somewhere in june that all the peaches in this town were labeled "fresh california". where were the georgia and south carolina peaches? then i did some looking around and realized how bad the drought in gorgia and south carolina had gotten. as well, i don't like buying california oranges - they're all hull. florida oranges are sweeter and have much thinner hulls.
i'm very picky. probably too picky, but still, damn it!!
oh gods don't get me started on grocery store tomatoes ... :(
But we've lost something that some people don't even know is missing - because if they did, those piles of peaches and nectarines would languish in the store until they rotted.
mari totally and completely and unabashedly concurs!
I'm not sure why this grocery store always have a cop at the door, but it does.
I'm thinking that I will stop at the farmer's market on the way home from court today.
In the case of Georgia's crops, politics is getting in the way as well. Their vaunted anti-immigrant bill? Well, it's working; immigrants have left the state in droves. And the result is, there's a shortage of labor to pick the crops, so they're left in the fields. Go figure.
I will always miss the tomatoes my father used to grow; I think he had a magical green thumb. But thankfully I have access to locally grown (middle GA) peaches, strawberries, and vidalia onions. I also have a friend who raises chickens, so yah-hoo for yummy eggs. I've found some really good oranges in the grocery store this year, the ones that said 'Indian River'. Other than that, I find the grocery produce pretty much tasteless.
I need to get out to the farm market. This is making me hungry!
Back in the 1960's, when I was still young enough to live at home, my grandmother, who had once had 3 Italian restaurants and did the shopping for the family meals EVERY day, in order to buy only what was fresh and good each day, was already complaining that nothing had any good taste or smell anymore. I can't imagine what markets in Europe must have been like in her childhood!
Wow, that's really depressing.
Such beautiful photos to go with your post :) I'm lucky enough to have the option of both big box supermarket as well as going straight to local farms to get vegetables. While the stuff in the regular grocery store isn't AS flavorful as the really good stuff, I still do LIKE the regular grocery store food too and think it still has enough flavor to be enjoyable. Except for Red Delicious apples. You're right, those are irredeemable. But even those white-capped California strawberries taste good tossed with a bit of balsamic vinegar. I do suspect my taste buds aren't as sensitive though. (I also have a weak sense of smell.) For example, I can see that the yolks are a deeper, richer hue of yellow in the free-range direct-from-the-farm eggs (compared to the free-range eggs from the grocery store) but I can't taste the difference. Both taste good to me. Oh wait...and tomatoes. That's another one that tastes very very different to me. I wait for tomatoes to show up at the farmer's markets for fresh tomatoes. Otherwise, canned tomatoes do just as well.
I need to farmer's market soon.
I am so happy I live in LA where more things are produced locally or nearby, and that we have multiple farmers markets within a short drive from our apartments. I may not get everything I want every time I go, but it's fresh, smells the way it should, and tastes so much better than grocery produce does.
I think we probably spend $10 more a week at the farmers market than we would for the same thing at Ralphs, but I'm much more likely to actually eat it. It frustrates me that more people don't have access to a wide variety of local non-packaged foods, and that they're much pricier in regions that aren't here. Food equity is obviously a dream, but if we want to help people eat healthy it has to be affordable, accessible and tasty.