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  •  My tomato gripe (3+ / 0-)

    We celebrated my Dad's birthday in Las Vegas last June. One night our family group of 10 people, or so, went to a pretty good brewpub at one of the casinos (I forget which one.)

    At a brewpub, you order brewpub food. And the hamburgers we ordered were very good indeed. Big, juicy, nice buns, cooked right. As they should have been, at $12 or $15 apiece.

    But they put the worst tomatoes ever on these burgers! Hard, thick, pink skins, yet watery and mealy insides, and without one bit of flavor at all.

    Definitely greenhouse tomatoes, and picked green before shipping.

    And it's summertime, with huge tomato farms relatively close in California or nearby states. They could easily have gotten nice ripe fruit for their expensive burgers, but no. They had to go with the cheapest, mass-produced crap they could find.

    Bah!


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    As through this world I've wandered,
    I've seen lots of funny men;
    Some will rob you with a six-gun,
    Some with a fountain pen.
    -- Woody Guthrie

    by Senor Unoball on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:41:27 AM PST

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    •  That's the same problem I have with my local (1+ / 0-)
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      health-food stoor.  

      "It's summer, and there are real vegetables being grown locally; why do you have all of this stuff from California and Mexico?"

      "We'd love to carry more locally-grown produce, but we buy centrally and in bulk, and local farmers don't always have the produce we need when we need it."

      I can see their point, but it doesn't keep me away from farmers' markets . . .

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 11:37:05 AM PST

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      •  oops. STORE, not "stoor" . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 11:37:43 AM PST

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      •  Maybe some truth to this, but still.... (1+ / 0-)
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        It could be done.

        Certainly depends on where you live and what farming is nearby.

        At our local Whole Foods they put up posters of nearby farmers who supply some of the produce.

        It's very common, especially with tomatoes, to see stickers on the fruit indicating that they come from the same farm that supplies our weekly boxes of veggies.


        --
        As through this world I've wandered,
        I've seen lots of funny men;
        Some will rob you with a six-gun,
        Some with a fountain pen.
        -- Woody Guthrie

        by Senor Unoball on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 11:45:24 AM PST

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        •  Ah, but you're talking Whole Foods. (1+ / 0-)
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          Much deeper pockets . . . and I'd have to ask whether they're selling the farmers' wares on consignment.

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 12:35:21 PM PST

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