Directing My Dollars Away From Fresh Direct



Just when I thought I’d found a good food company to patronize… I learn that Fresh Direct is the subject of multiple and varied employee complaints, relating to discrimination and union busting.  I had filled up a virtual grocery cart with a couple bags full of goodies (largely veggies and “sports candy” as one annoying kids tv show has taken to calling fresh fruit) to maximize the $25.00 coupon I’d gotten in the mail for ordering from Fresh Direct.  I envisioned myself getting an awesome sweep for a just a few bucks, when I went to check out and *BAM* I found out I had to spend a hundred dollars to make use of that quarter coupon.  So the coupon’s been sitting on my desk, and I had big plans to spend it, when I needed and had room for a hundred dollars worth of new groceries in my pantry (a/k/a kitchen — this is the city where, for most, pantries only exist in the magazines in our cramped bathrooms, our imaginations, or under the sink). Then suddenly, this bad news appeared….–and_how_workers_and_the_community_are_fighting_back


So I guess I am out of the loop. I did not know all the problems with Fresh Direct, which seemed to be well poised to be a nifty alternative to the megamarkets we’ve been trying to escape.  There’s been controversy brewing over at a little local grocery store, Golden Farms, where word on the street is that management has hired undocumented workers and is paying them well below minimum wage.  The availability of decent channels for food procurement seems to be growing narrower and narrower.

I was at Union Square green market on Wednesday, and up at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday, but it is hard to make it to market a couple times a week.  The allure of Foodtown a block and a half away is hard to resist.  Still, trying to make better choices when it comes to buying food.  Back to the drawing board…

QUESTION:  where do you get the bulk of your food these days?  How much will that change with the warming weather?  Are you availing yourself of the vast increase in farmers markets?  Which is your fave? Go ahead…gimme the dirt!

Are You Ready For This?

Thanks for patience and comments and encouragement while I was on hiatus.  My lemon tree seemed to care.  I’ve known her the longest of all my house plants, and she bloomed to cheer me up.  My banana plants still can’t seem to quite get in the groove.  They’re rather fickle but so know how to brighten a room.  Everyone’s itching to get outside…assuming the weather soon will permit them.

Not too long ago, I wrote about being overwhelmed at all the information out there on preparing for the unexpected, and noted that I would consider paying someone for the service of pulling it altogether and giving me one statement of what was needed, where I could get it best/cheapest etc., to prepare my home for the unexpected (earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks, zombie attacks, etc.).  One fellow reveler, made the following comment, which I applaud and appreciate.  I took his test, and have found that I’m not totally ready for “this,” with the “this” being any unknown number of disasters or difficulties that can strike at any time at all.  In my household, we’re set on water and food but things like batteries and flashlights keep kind of disappearing when a non-urgent need arises.  I’m therefore thinking of designating certain items “emergency only” – not to be used for replacing batteries in the remote control or kids toys.  I also realize that I need to not only have a fire extinguisher but be pretty certain I know how to use it.  Also next on my list of to-dos is to take a CPR/first aid class.  It’s a couple hours out of the day and could save lives.  There’s simply no good excuse for not having done so already.

Here it is — many thanks to Ralph!!


Ralph ⋅

I’ve actually thought about this post a number of times since it went up and am finally putting a few ideas out there to ponder. The title caught my attention, ‘I would pay for that’. The Super Bowl- I don’t really follow sports. Syria- I may have some opinions on this one, but really don’t have enough factual information to even pretend to have a working solution. Survival- I’ve read and listened to both theoretical and real life based information. One quote I like is “Learn from the mistakes of others, you don’t have enough time to make them all yourself”. Some of the information out there is, well, out there. Some is valid, but doesn’t apply to everyone. Then there is some that applies to everyone. The latter is a good place to start, and after reading what follows you may think twice about paying for it. There’s lots of information out there, I’ve simply mashed a lot of it together.

The idea of survival is … to survive. Are you really prepared? Realistically think of the following and you’ll have pretty good idea if you are. You and whoever is normally in your household are all at home tonight. Without warning you are told nobody can leave the house for 3 days. No electricity, no last minute runs for groceries, or deliveries. You open the faucet and no water comes out. Can you get by for 3 days with nothing other than what is in your house right now?

Get a pad and pencil and start thinking about that question. Do you have at least one gallon of water per person for each of the three days? Extra credit for homeowners- if not, do you know where you can get more water without going out? Water is high on the list of must have items. Food- enough to keep everyone reasonably fed for 3 days? If that food is things like rice, pasta, beans or similar items don’t forget you need extra water to cook them. Enough flashlights (lanterns and candles count) and batteries? Do they all work? Have oil for any lanterns? If it were winter are there enough blankets to keep everyone warm? No electric probably means no heat. Homeowners, how would you keep pipes from freezing and bursting? Do you have three days of supplies for any pets? Ask yourself questions like those. Take a few days to really think and compile the list. Maybe have a second person make their own list and compare both when done.

A simple question, a lot to think about. Odds are there will be a few things on your list, maybe many. Now take some of that money you would have spent to pay someone to answer the above question, stimulate the economy by buying some or all of those missing items, and you will be more prepared.