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1.20.2014

THIS KNOWLEDGE MIGHT COME IN HANDY ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT TOO


I buy a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.  It's the bulk of what I buy.  And, since I love all vegetables and fruits, I buy things that maybe some people aren't familiar with at all - particularly, the checkout personnel. 

If you are the face of a grocery store [the cashier] it might behoove you to know the products that are sold in the store you work for.  You don't necessarily need to know everything about every item, but you should, at the very least, know the name of the item by looking at it even if you choose not to eat it in your private life.

There is a game I play in my head as I am unloading my produce onto the conveyor belt - I wonder which of these items the cashier will have to ask me what they are.  They do not appear to eat vegetables as a staple to their diet.  I'm gonna guess she will ask on at least 2 items.  Sometimes I can clearly see the expression and thought bubble above the cashier's head as they are weighing and scanning my produce.  Those expressions typically come from a young person.  It's a combined what-is-this-never-ate-it-before look and curiosity over the fact that there is someone who DOES eat it.
A few brave young people will ask what it tastes like, is it good?

In the grocery store produce section recently, an elderly gentleman was perusing the organic kale and swiss chard at the same time I was.  He was 6 foot tall, very slender and chatty.  As I picked out my bunch of organic chard, he commented that he loved kale.  I told him I did too.  He began to discuss kale with me - the ways he cooks it, how often he eats it.  He asked me what I did with kale.  I told him I steam it, but a lot of times eat it raw mixed in a salad or add it to soup.    He wanted to know if I had any recipes.  I informed him that I typically don't use recipes but just create it as I go. 

This produce loving, granola-ish senior citizen followed me for a spell through the produce section, chatting about swiss chard and asking what I did with it as well.  I told him if I looked as great as he did by eating green leafy vegetables all his life, then I wanted to be just like him at his age.  He chuckled.

I must admit that I look at what people have in their carts while I'm grocery shopping.  Sometimes it's just alarming, disturbing and disgusting.  You can tell a lot about a person's habits, lifestyle and priorities by what's in their cart.  Sometimes too you can place them socio-economically as well.

There is a natural-organic grocery store here called New Frontiers.  If you are into grass-fed, organic meat/fish, organic vegetables and fruits, it is a great place to go.  I probably don't look quite as save-a-tree-ish as most in there, but at least I feel connected to their desire to put as clean of things in their bodies as possible.  It's ironic that to eat in a way that takes the load off your body systems it actually costs far more than putting trash into it.  The price is worth it to me.  My health is tenuous enough at times without stressing it further by what I put in it to fuel it.

BTW; at the regular grocery store the cashier, in her twenties and very unhealthy looking, asked me what the bunch of deep green red stemmed stuff was called and if that purple thing [the eggplant] was good.  I told her she ought to try them both - they were not only good, but good for you!  Know the products lady!

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