Alternet has an investigation and review of the food selections at the dollar stores. You know, the off brands.
Distributed foods and beverages hailing from unregulated countries abound in dollar stores. Royal Dansk Danish-style butter cookies for $1.29 are made in Indonesia and distributed by a company in Melville, New York. House Mill Honey Rings are produced in Argentina and distributed by outlets in Puerto Rico, Libya and Senegal. Pickles bottled in Turkey are marketed under the Italian name Forelli and distributed by Allied International Corporation, based in Virginia.
Not all of them are bad, a few of them are actually a good deal, but in most cases you get what you pay for.
Of course, the more expensive markets sell lots of foods that seem to be what they’re not. Everything is natural now, like nature intended. Chickens that gladly gave their lives. Potato chips the way they were meant to be. I don’t know if this is Deism, or Theism, or the cosmic recipe book of the Goddess. Maybe I think too much.
Continuing ‘Me Vida Local’, Mangiarelli’s Fruitlands in North Providence has good prices and seasonal produce. I make a kind of pie puttanesca, which is just that I cut up some marked-down fruit and bake it in a frozen pie crust.
We all actually could use a break though, and sometimes the last thing you want to do is cook. Realistically, we’re not going to go to ten markets either. Still, if I’m in the neighborhood I stop at Mangiarellis. You save time because there’s no fifteen minute checkout line.
EXOTIC LANDS: If you ever travel to the farther reaches of the globe, like Connecticut, a commenter recommends Four Mile River Farm for local beef.