4 Comments on “The Trouble with Grocery Stores”

  1. Charlene
    Hi Lynn. Just read this and I agree it applies to 95% of the grocery staff in a chain store. And it burns my butt that they work in a food environment and don't know anything about it. Having worked in a big chain grocery store for 27 years now I have seen it all too often. Unfortunately there is such a huge turnover of employees at these places that no one takes the time to learn. Staff is pushed for faster scan times by the company to get people in and out. And the only thing that matters to the company is numbers. $$. Employees are not taught when they are trained about food. Sometime when you bring an avacado through the check out they have to ask what it is. Hence the staffs lack of knowledge. To pat myself on the back when a customer asks for a certain ingredient I am very familiar with most everything. I always get excited about an ingredient and would ask what are you making? Where did you get the recipe? Btw tahini paste is down isle 1 on the left 2nd shelf down. =) Glad you usually don't shop at the traditional grocery stores. Supporting smaller indepentant and local farmers is far superior. That's what I do even though I work there. Part-time. Love making my recipes out of my Ontario Table book and my Niagara cooks book. 23 recipes down and who knows how many more to go. <3 Eat well eat local .
    • Lynn Ogryzlo
      Ha, ha, you've made my day! Yes, I too have had a cashier hold a stick of lemongrass up and say, "what is this?". Of course, it's always followed by either a stupid giggle or the all to common, "uh". Not sure how anyone could buy food from a place like that because if they don't know what it is, how can they possibly care for it or appreciate it in the same way I would?
    • Lynn Ogryzlo
      Many thanks for your kind comments and I love the comments by the oldest resident of Canada! I'm off to read your friends blog now...
  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody
    Hi Lynn, A friend was given The Ontario Table as a gift and blogged about it here: http://livingmydreamlifeonthefarm.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/the-ontario-table-by-lynn-ogryzlo (months ago, sorry): but, while cleaning out the inbox today, I took the time to do a little digging and start reading... Congratulations on having a really plum job; ) hoping this trend toward local, INFORMED eating is never-ending. Years ago Peter Gzowski interviewed a local lady, who was the oldest resident of Canada, and asked for the secret to her longevity. Her answer? "Eat local and in season." Small producers/family farms in particular can certainly use the promotion and perhaps earn a decent return from the never-ending, labour of love called farming... Oh, and your 10$ Challenge? Easy peasy! (Does growing our own count?; )

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