July 15, 2006

Oranges and Peaches

I’m going to vent for a minute.

I really enjoy shopping at Publix. For those of you not in an area with a Publix, let me just say, they are typically very clean, have pretty good produce (nothing rotten sitting on their shelves), their meat selection is pretty good, and they have a good overall selection.

Of all the supermarkets I’ve shopped at over my adult 20 years, Publix is my favorite. Top that with the fact they were very good to my best friend when she worked there, and they’re golden to me. Employers who are good to people I care about, people I KNOW for a fact are hardworking, loyal and honest, are companies I want to support.

Publix is one.

Here’s my beef. Today I went to buy the ingredients to make the peach cobbler I was to take to Denny’s for dinner tonight. I ran to Publix with my list and… they didn’t sell Georgia peaches.

WHAT is THAT about?

There was NO WAY IN HELL I was going to a home in Georgia and take a homemade peach cobbler made with CALIFORNIA peaches. NO.WAY. They grow THE BEST peaches right here in this state and I’m going to buy second best peaches for my cobbler?


So I parked my cart and took my list to Kroger, in hopes of finding some Georgia peaches.

The best I could find was a sign above some peaches that said, “Peaches Grown in the South” which means they are probably Mississippi, Alabama or Tennessee peaches, if those states grow them, but still, that’s better than buying a peach that’s been trucked across a continent.

I don’t get it. I really don’t.

And along the same line of thinking, there is not an orange in this world that tastes better than an ice cold Indian River navel orange. Oh.My.God. Just thinking about them makes me wistful for November and December when I can go down to my local orange market and buy a ¼ bushel at a time.

And why do I not buy them at Publix? Because THEY DON’T SELL FLORIDA ORANGES IN PUBLIX!


They only sell California oranges. I LIVE in orange country. And, holy crap, my supermarket sells the California oranges.

A travesty, I tell you, a complete travesty.

Posted by Boudicca at July 15, 2006 04:57 PM | TrackBack

California peaches aren't worth a rat's ass unless you're in California. There, I've had excellent peaches.

But you'd be surprised at how much of the "local" peach crop actually comes from South Carolina. After all, the Giant Interstate Peach is in Gaffney, SC, not in Georgia. And there is nothing wrong with S.C. peaches. Mississippi peaches? Feh.

Posted by: Elisson at July 15, 2006 09:14 PM

I have to say I am with you on Publix. It's been my favorite shopping place since I was a little kid in Florida. Something about the store just seems more soothing.

I also found out the type of money they pay their managers. Holy Crap... want some real money... go work in Publix management.

Posted by: RSM at July 15, 2006 10:24 PM

I live in a city with a LARGE oil refinery and pay more than people living an hour or two away for gas! That really gets my dander up!!

RE: the peaches & oranges - that'd be like me buying high bush blueberries from central Canada to eat - BLECH!!!!

Posted by: Lisa W. at July 16, 2006 11:11 AM

They weren't Georgia peaches? Oh no! The cobbler was still delicious!

Posted by: Denny at July 16, 2006 06:22 PM

I know, that really sucks - you are better off going to places like Harry's Farmers Market or Whole Foods which contracts with local farmers and sells home grown products.

Posted by: Napster at July 17, 2006 09:57 AM

Very strange!!

The best peach I've ever had in my life was at the Welcome to Georgia rest area, when we drove to FL back in the 70s. Best. Ever.

Posted by: Marie at July 17, 2006 02:17 PM

I agree with you about the produce thing- why can't supermarkets market LOCAL produce? Hell, if people are concerned about the environment and lowering dependency on foreign oil, why ship produce farther than it has to go???

As far as Publix goes, well, I've only ever shopped in one (South Beach, Florida) and it was staffed by zombies. Not your average every-day zombies, either. Depressed, lazy, don't-give-a-sh*t zombies. Talk about depressing. It wasn't just Publix though. The entire South Beach service industry needs a serious attitude adjustment. Just about the only folks anywhere who were nice, pleasant, and energetic were the ones looking for a tip.

Posted by: G at July 17, 2006 09:36 PM