My favorite science-fiction author, Ray Bradbury, once said, “Too late, I found you can't wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.”Perfection is a tough reach. Yet, in the produce aisle, it’s a constant goal, isn’t it? Whenever we were charged with putting together a new store or remodeled one for a grand opening, or even in the numerous, overnight merchandising resets w...

“But he who dares not grasp the thornShould never crave the rose.” ― Anne BronteIt’s that time of year again. Time when every red-blooded American male starts to sweat about what to buy their sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. Most guys I know (including yours truly) don’t really think about Valentine’s Day until, oh, the day before or even wait until the last minute on Feb. 14. It’s panic mode at its finest. I rem...

I once read that within this crazy planet we call home exists somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 plants or trees that produce food — fresh produce provided via the root, the leaves, the stems or the fruit of these plants.Of course, ask any produce manager and they will attest that 90-plus percent of their sales are generated from perhaps 25 items. This is out of a range of 250-300 fresh SKUs on display at any given...

I don’t know where the last 20 years have gone, much less this past year. However, with each January calendar rollover comes the waves of resolutions for the new year. The number one resolution we all hear about? Right. Got to lose some weight. Ugh.If the resolution isn’t from you, or from your circle of relatives or friends, the message is clear on every single television station, as every other commercial is diet-...

Most of the COVID-inspired Zoom or Teams meetings have passed. Whew.Well, almost. I still log into an occasional online meeting — which is better than traveling, right? One thing this produce scribe still does during these meetings is peek at the books behind someone’s desk. It’s nosy, I realize. I do the same thing at my doctor’s office, or in a lobby somewhere or at a coffee shop.I’m looking at book titles. Some I...





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