Where Your Food Comes From
Ask someone where their food comes from and you are likely to get answers like “the supermarket, Wendy’s, the butcher, whatever my parents/wife buy”, etc. Even still they night even know where their food comes from. When I go into certain supermarkets and go to the seafood section, usually it will tell you that its previously frozen, from Thailand, USA, China or some other part of the world. How pleasantly surprised I was today to see this at a Whole Foods Store in West Orange in New Jersey:
Its nice to know a major supermarket chain owns their own waterfront and have complete control over the quality of seafood they bring into their supermarkets. I have to tell you these shrimp didn’t just look good, the sheen on the shells were really something you rarely see. Its good to know where your food comes from. When I see its from Indonesia or China, I have no idea what it is, if its a farm, polluted lake, stream or bay, or what additives or preservatives have been added in addition to being frozen to get it to me here in New Jersey. This is a bit more reassuring. Its fairly local, even if a few hours by truck or plane, and I know its a place I can actually visit in person. It was not only for the shrimp, but for the crab, the other seafood, etc. I like knowing where my fish is from, all my food for that matter.
The other good thing I can say about Whole Foods, is while they are more expensive, their prices have seemingly come down. They sell products from all over the world and more reasonable prices, perhaps because organic and other such foods are in demand, but its all good. I am happy to pay a few dollars more for the same things knowing where it came from and that it is quality food from a quality-controlled environment. And while somethings are more expensive, other things are the same, like Radicchio at $5 per pound. You might not find all your staple food items there, but those you find will be of good quality and its worth a trip just to do some “window” shopping for your food. They sell lentils, coffee, beans olives, cheeses all by the pound, hardly any pre-packaged. It is a cross between an international market and supermarket. Again, it isn’t cheap, but nothing is these days, and you might even find a great deal of margins on jarred goods, water, even frozen items which are far healthier than the factory frozen foods.