A client dropped off their pups at camp this morning and gave Cole and me a bag of fresh, beautiful produce. The clients did not want to pitch the fresh food, and did not want to leave it behind to spoil during their vacation. As I took the items out of the bag, I said “EUREKA! I will gather, not forage!”
I dislike everything about grocery shopping except the candy at the check-out lanes and the lady at the deli who always offers me cheese and ham. The grocery store is very stressful. I once took off my shoe and bashed the self-service check out machine when it accused me of not bagging an item for the 3rd time. I told Cole I would, and I believe in keeping my word, so I bashed it hard, put my shoe back on, and continued to check out without incidence.
My clients leave their pups with me while they travel for vacation or business, usually for at least a week. Food spoils. Who wants to come home to a stinky fridge? This is where we can help. Starting immediately, clients can drop off their pups and the contents of their fridge. We can help make use of half-used cartons of milk and OJ, loaves of bread, open bags of chips and cookies, left-overs that are just a day or two old, or cheese that could go moldy. Some people worry about things like this. We all know fruit goes bad in just a day or two. Say goodbye to mushy, black bananas. Will you really make that banana bread?
The vacation food pantry will cut down on the amount of time I have to spend at the grocery store. It may be possible to decrease my shopping even more if tell party invitees to bring toilet paper, paper towels or cleaning supplies when they ask the inevitable question, “What can I bring?”
My idea is thrifty and green. It might even qualify as recycling, don’t you think? We are not picky eaters, and my clients are far better shoppers than I am. Today’s contribution of a bag of produce included organic spinach, beautiful green onions, squash, tomatoes, and a red juicy apple.
I only wish I had thought to offer this service to my clients sooner! I would like to apologize for not being more considerate in the past, causing vacation angst to clients and friends when they had to pitch good food, or worse … come home to yucky smells.
Tell me. I’m dying to know….how do you feel about grocery shopping?
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