…I better qualify that.
I love to shop for FOOD. (although not quite as much as I love to grow it...)
But, I love the grocery store, the farmers’ market, wherever you might find food. You never know what there will be…it can be fresh, wild, or maybe even exotic...the possibilities are endless.
When I was a little girl, the grocery store was far different than it is today. The produce man stayed in his little area of the store. He greeted you personally, answered your questions, and weighed out your order. He marked on your bag (or directly on the bananas or melon) with his little wax pencil, then the cashier would manually put that price into the cash register. This was long before barcodes and scanners…the cashier actually punched the little buttons and in some stores, still pulled down a lever that registered the sale. (okay…say it….man, you are OLD!)
Gone are the days of the solitary produce man in one little corner of the store. Produce is big business and there are countless items from around the world. The sheer abundance stimulates my imagination and I find myself wondering about the farmers in far off places who grew the odd and unusual items that can be found in some of the grocery stores in town. There's nothing like a trip through the produce section. It gives me all sorts of ideas.
The sheer abundance in the grocery reminds me of a story...
We finally composed ourselves and did a little shopping in the truly amazing store. Not only was it huge, but it seemed to have EVERYTHING that ANYONE could EVER want. Varieties from around the globe. Items I could not pronounce…nor had I a clue how to use them. It was truly exciting. I think it was in that moment that I realized how much I was affected by the creative possibilities of food. I will never forget that grocery store and sometimes I find myself wondering whatever happened to Vinka…
Exciting products and innovative ideas are everywhere. Packaging ideas and marketing strategies can be inspirational if you go into the grocery store with an open mind.
|I have no idea what some of these things are|
or what you might do with them!
I actually look forward to shopping day. There is always the possibility of a food adventure!