Notice a new trend in big cities these days. High end, specialty grocery stores are the new shizz. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Garden of Eden, doesn’t really matter, cause they are all the same to me. Super “organic” and exclusive grocery stores are straight up cash cows. It seems “organic” is the new trendy way to be if you want to be fit and healthy and hip. It’s also the quickest way to go broke quick. You see, being “organic” is the new “low-fat.” Every time I think about buying something “organic” at one of these high end supermarkets, it always costs more than what they would do at a regular grocery store or if the product wasn’t “organic.” And I get the whole free range, fresh thing, no perservatives, different type of farming, etc, and I understand that more goes into the production of these foods which costs more money, but why should a person have to break the bank to eat quality healthy food at one of these places.
I started to think about this more in depth after I read a fabulous and hilarious article written by Kelly McLean in the Huffington Post on Monday. “Surviving Whole Foods” by Kelly McLean It’s a good read. I work directly next to a Whole Foods in Chelsea. I LOVE me some Whole Foods, love, love love me some Whole Foods. But every time I leave there I have buyers remorse because I just paid so much money for my lunch, or food for the night etc. I agree that everything in there is fresh and of the highest quality but why does a week’s worth of groceries cost me 1/3 of my pay check? Is that because I may see Katie Holmes or Sarah Jessica Parker grabbing almond milk on aisle 5? I almost feel like I need to have a black AMEX to shop there.
If there really was an emphasis on reducing obesity in this country you would think some of these high end, exlusive, specialty grocery stores would lower their prices so the everyday joe, the common man/woman could actually afford to shop there. The food at these stores is really good, but it doesn’t need to be so damn expensive. Or are these new powerhouses in the food industry trying to be elitiest? Things to make you go hmmmm.