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Variety in Aisle One
I was talking with one of our customers this morning while I was working a new apple onto our shelf (the new apple is an organic Winesap, for those who were curious). He remarked on the fact that The Market of Lafayette Hill's produce section has a stunning selection of apples.

And he was right; the big chains have produce departments three times the size of my aisle with only half the variety. We immediately took a walk and I counted off ten different apples and six different pears before we got halfway down. I turned 180 degrees and counted off eight different kinds of tomatoes off of the center table. Neat!

Now, I will occasionally go into other markets in the area and in the city (where I live) just to check out the produce departments. The first thing I look for is quality of product and neatness of the aisle in general, of which I am almost always unimpressed with. But I have to admit, I've never really noticed that there wasn't much in the way of choice either, despite the apparent enormity of the whole section.

Anyway, I was glad that I was able to impress someone with my selection and setup today. I also realized that having four different types of cabbage or seven kinds of citrus fruit available in a tiny produce section is a feat of amazing produce ingenuity. Of course I'm kidding, but impressive none the less.
About John

John Darlington has been involved with produce for over half of his life, concentrating in smaller, local markets. Check out John's blog every month to learn what's new and exciting in the wonderful world of fresh produce.


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• Quizzo Stumper
• More to Find in Produce
• Broccoli Rabe vs. Broccolini
• The Genus Allium
• More for 2009!
• Oranges and Pears Abound
• Variety in Aisle One
• Holiday Fun
• Falling for Fall
• Don't Be Mad at the Avocado
• Summertime Drupes
• The Big Salad Bar Secret
• The Largest Citrus Fruit
• Red Bananas
• Flat Parsley vs. Curly Parsley
• Chinese White Ya Pear
• Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams
• Veggies for Game Day
• Honeybell Tangeloes
• New Arrival: Chayote Squash
• Grape Tomatoes
• Blood Oranges are Back


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