The exception or the rule?

Fresh Stops have spoiled me.

The other day, Pavani and I went to our local Kroger to pick up some fruits and vegetables for our last week — normally, we get our produce from buying a share of our Fresh Stop, but since we only have one week left, we decided it would be best just to get a few groceries to last us rather than enough for two weeks.

While I’m happy with that decision, at the same time, walking through the aisles of food really showed how much I’ve learned about food since being in Louisville, and I thought I’d share some of that here!

  1. Vegetables and fruits are infinitely better fresh. I knew this, but this summer really hit this message home. Not only does fresh produce taste better, but it stays better longer and just looks better!
  2. Food is just like any other business. The more money you have, the more you can market it and the better placement you can get. Often, the foods that are the worst for you are those that have the most colorful packaging and are marketed the hardest.
  3. Having a supermarket does not mean that you have access to quality food. There is a world of difference between the Kroger that we usually shop at and the Kroger in West Louisville — the produce looks better, there is more selection, and the store is generally better looking.
  4. Food is an investment in yourself. Buying high quality food is difficult to prioritize, though, when rent, and insurance, are so expensive. And they become more expensive when dealing with health problems due to poor food, which is why proactive health care is so important.
  5. Fresh Stops and fresh produce should not be the exception to the rule. They should be the rule. Fresh food is a human right.
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