Vegetables? What Vegetables? — 16 Comments

  1. I’m curious as to which of the “high-end” locations you went to? I shopped at the one in Roseville from time to time when looking for French products (cheese, crackers, etc).

  2. I saw your comment on Champaign Taste’s blog, and popped on over to see yours. I love it! Yes, there is big money to be paid for crappy pre-packed veggies, and I don’t get it. I am sorry your old stomping grounds have gotten so icky and pre-packed. At least you are back in the USA in time for farmer’s markets and co-ops to sell spring fresh foods.
    When do you head back to France? Lucky you! There is great milk and bread in France. I have completely gotten off the milk and bread in the USA because it is bad, flavorless and texture whimpy.
    I am on my 4th day of eating only locally (with the exception of coffee and rice) and everything local I am eating reminds me the flavors in France. Did I say Lucky you? Well, let me repeat, Lucky you! 😉 stop on by if you have a few moments to check out my Eat Local Experiment.

  3. Hi Sam, it was the Byerly’s in Minnetonka. They still have good cheeses, just not chevre. I was really disappointed in the veg, though. Congrats on your new ‘official’ job. And a move, too? You’ll be busy.
    Lannae, thanks for stopping by. I’m back in a week. I have been having fun checking out the co-ops. I’ll come by when I’m home (and on my own computer with ADSL) and check out your Eat Local experiment. I’m going to have to pay more attention to what i buy but I think most of it is pretty local. Looking forward to reading all about it! Cheers!

  4. Lannae, you can still find good milk in the U.S.! Check out and click on “where”. I’m lucky enough to know of a couple of sources not on the list for my state. But we’ve been drinking the real thing for about 5 or 6 years now. My kids think store-bought milk, even organic, is “icky”. They thought it was great last summer when our farmer’s cows got into some mint, and the milk had a mild creme-de-menthe taste!
    Bread: get a grain grinder and bake it yourself. A friend sent me a wonderful “French” bread recipe. Perfect texture and flavor, and the bread machine does most of it.

  5. When I moved to France, I thought food was very expensive here. Now over 15 years later, the situation is reversed. I guess we have to remember salaries have gotten much higher in the States too, at least for professional jobs.

  6. sometimes I spot people at store carring a looong shopping list, I’d wonder how they could make it. There’s almost no variety of everything anyway. Haven’t been in France, but from reading what you described, I know the stores there must be really fantastic!

  7. I was in a high end store like that in White Bear Lake, Minn. Never been to Trader Joes, though, but would love to go.

  8. Thank you for that really nice insightful post about going home and discovering how you’ve grown. I also do roadside stands when I visit home. I bet the dinner was wonderful.

  9. I have always found supermarkets in the US to be far cheaper than here (particularly for veggies) but I do love your co-operatives too! I think I could have managed one of those brownies though…

  10. Food buying is a little crazy here, isn’t it? I’m so glad we have a great farmers’ market, though of course it’s only part of the year. We have no Trader Joe’s, but we have some shops where one can get the good stuff. And we have a co-op, too, though I haven’t been to it in ages. Must check it out again.

  11. It is backwards in the US. How typical American with the big sweets!
    I love that bean and radish salad!

  12. talk about prices….while shopping in Paris last Feb., my girlfriend picked up a pint of cheeries from a wonderful high-end French store,starts with an “H”-ends with a “d”….yep, that one….the price 44 euros!What was that all about?. Nevertheless, I think nothing compares to the European food makets-I would love to shop like that everyday!

  13. That’s one of the downfalls of living so far from the water or anything remotely green. I dread going to the supermarket around here in the midwest for that very reason. Not only are the supermarket foods expensive they’re also stale. I am so glad it’s spring and summer time; the farmer’s markets are open to sell fresh fruits and veggies. I heart trader joe’s!

  14. Betty, I agree. Food is much cheaper here…Unless, like Jann’s friend you;re buying out of season cherries in Paris….
    I used to think they were cheaper, Freya, but not anymore. I don’t know about England, but I do thnk Ireland (recently, not 10 years ago)and Andorra were more expensive than France also.
    You’re ‘spot on’ about the midwest, LF, esp. in winter… Trader Joe’s was fun!
    Thanks, Lucy, I thinks it’s true – one can’t go home again…at least not to the place we remember.
    Lisa, I hear that farm subscriptions (if that’s what they’re called) are great too – paying an annual fee for fresh seasonal produce… My friend also tells me it’s, um, educational… she got some fresh favas…

  15. Interesting post! I’ve been reading Joanna Blythman’s book “Shopped” these days, and am much more aware about the ‘choice’ supermarkets provide us and how that has developed (to the worse) over the years, both to us, shoppers, and especially to the suppliers/farmers. She’w writing about the UK, but it sounds like it’s the case in the US, too..