With an emphasis on talking about Groceries
“Ladies, please don’t squeeze the El Jardin!”*
Rob’s Grocery Talk with Rob
Okay Nan, you’re right. Again. I should be talking about groceries in this column. It’s just that I get on a roll sometimes and the words just start a-flowin’ and by the time I’m done, there just isn’t any space left for groceries.
Beginning this week, I embark on what I call “Phase Two” of my journey through Whippleville by learning to work within a “budget” instead of just ordering whatever and not worrying about invoices (kind of like the Pentagon). This will make my job harder at first, but easier in the long term as I believe that setting limits actually simplifies a lot of things. For instance, it’s much easier for me to say “nope, can’t afford it” than “where am I going to get the $65 a month for the satellite service I just signed up for?”
Aside: Yeah, I know. I’ll quit when I’m ready. And besides, that money is
earmarked for my triumphant return to Hawaii. To me, nothing says
“Congratulations, Rob” more than a beachside hammock strung between
two coconut trees. Hula girls are optional, but appreciated.
Hopefully, this will not impact the variety of offerings you’re accustomed to at Elmer’s Store. But, since I will be concentrating on numbers for awhile, this may result in some items being out of stock for a week or so until I get the hang of it. Again, I’m still learning the ropes here. Bottom line: Me Smarter, You Happier, Big Elmer No Go Broke.
Of course I still welcome (and encourage) special orders because they constitute a guaranteed sale and thus have no impact on the grocery budget, so order away!
She’s Got The Right Dynamic For The New Frontier
Last week, while I was in the office delivering treats to Kara (always, always stay on the accountant’s good side) I spied the latest catalog for Frontier Spice Company. Kara suggested that maybe I should take the catalog and maybe order some of the spices that have been missing from our spice display, maybe. Well I’m going one further and beginning a complete “spice audit” and will be updating and replacing spices in the coming weeks.
For those who don’t know this, our bulk spices are the best deal going! Buy only what you need, and save, save, save!
That’s it for this week. I now hand it back to Nan.
Rob grew up in the world of 1970s TV and was apparently a huge fan of Mr. Whipple, the product of idiotic TV advertisers who thought that women were stupid, stupid people who had nothing better to do than squeeze Charmin toilet paper. Mr Whipple was always admonishing women to please not squeeze the Charmin. That’s where Rob gets this. I fear sometimes that it may be offensive to women who were born to hippie parents who didn’t have TV in the seventies, or to women who missed that whole part of TV world, so sometimes I take it out of Grocery Talk with Rob. I leave it in sometimes so that the whole “Whipple” thing will make sense.
These are the things I worry about: Is Mr. Whipple offensive to women in 2008? I still don’t know. Some people worry about war and famine. I worry about Mr. Whipple. The world of grocery store ownership is a very stressful place.
Ashfield-grown spinach is available this week at Elmer’s as well as
Florida-grown snap peas. Also packing our cooler and shelves are the
following organic vegetables: crunchy green beans, succulent bok
choy, tender asparagus, Crimini mushrooms, sweet parsnips, and the
ever popular mesclun!
Note: You can access this Farm Report on http://www.elmersstore.com. It is
posted there on Saturdays (or when I get something from a local
farmer). This is at least two days before it comes to you in the Big
E Newsletter. Black River Produce orders are delivered on Friday
afternoons and local farmers deliver when the crops are ready. So
come on in on Friday’s or get the report on our website in order to
buy your fruits and veggies when they are their freshest!
ELMER’S PRODUCE FROM LOCAL FARMERS IN ASHFIELD AND PLAINFIELD:
SPINACH from Sidehill Farm was delivered WEDNESDAY, 4/3/08
APPLES from Scott’s Orchard delivered weekly:
SQUASHES from Scott’s Orchard and Patty Flat Farm are ON SALE : ½ PRICE
ONIONS from Ashfield gardener:
POTATOES from Manda Farm in Plainfield :
Fingerling potatoes (in the cooler on the bottom shelf)
BLACK RIVER PRODUCE DELIVERED FRIDAY 4/4/08
Organic (CA) Asparagus
Organic (Ecuador) Bananas
Organic (FL) Green Beans
Organic (CA) Bok Choy
Organic (CA) Mesclun
Organic (CA) Mushrooms: Crimini
Organic (CA) Parsnips
Conventional Peas: Snap
Conventional Parsley: Italian
ALSO IN STOCK AT ELMER’S STORE
Organic (CA) Red Beets
Organic (CA) Broccoli
Organic (VT) Carrots
Organic (CA) Cauliflower
Organic (CA) Celery
Organic (Argentina) Garlic
Organic (CA) Grapefruit
Organic (HI) Ginger Root
Organic (CA) Onions: Yellow
Organic (CA) Peppers: Green
Organic (CA) Potatoes: Red in bags or by the pound
Organic (Canada) Potatoes: Yukon in bags or by the pound
Organic (VT) Sprouts: Alfalfa
Organic (VT) Tomatoes: Long Wind A’s
Organic (VT) Tomatoes: Good n’ Uglies
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