Yesterday, I went to the grocery store in search of a big watermelon, but I wasn't sure I'd be successful--or that I'd want to pay. A few years ago, I saw big watermelons for $25.
Yes, $25--that's ridiculous. I thought of past decades where I could get similar watermelons for less than five dollars. I thought of the pick up trucks loaded with melons that I used to see on the country roads of South Carolina. Had there been some kind of watermelon blight?
Happily, yesterday I was more successful. I got a fairly large melon for $6.95. Still a bit much, I thought, but I wanted a watermelon that could feed a crowd.
I noticed it was seed-free, so I looked for the regular variety. Nope, nothing. I noticed that there were 7 big watermelons and 2 of them looked strangely pale.
My experience makes me want to go to other grocery stores. Do any of them carry a variety of watermelons? Or do so many of us buy the smaller melons that stores have stopped carrying them? Or is it a situation unique to South Florida?
There were very few melons at all, of any kind--more cut up melons in plastic containers of all sizes than whole melons. Hmmm.
I'm not surprised, of course. When I'm shopping for just my household, I often buy the packaged melons. I'm just a bit sad that the other options seem to be going away.
I was also shopping for a pasta salad, and I know that at least one person isn't eating gluten. I thought I'd see if the store carried gluten-free pasta.
Well, not only do they carry gluten-free pasta, but also whole wheat, hidden veggie, multi-grain--and that's in addition to the wide variety of regular pasta. And the store carries "fresh" pasta too.
We live in amazing times, in so many ways. I can get a variety of pastas from Italy--but I can't seem to get a watermelon with seeds that I know grow in fields in counties all around me.
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