My Mom, Ellen, Has a Secret Taxonomy of Grocery Shoppers
Me: Hi Mom! Are you ready to dazzle the public?
Ellen: Is the world ready for us?
Me: Question one: Tell me about your grocery shopping habits. More broadly speaking than your penchant for buying fruit-flavored ice cream that you then do not eat.
Ellen: I like to believe I go once a week and once a week only. But if I have a hankering to make a plum kuchen and need brown sugar, I will shop again. I routinely shop Sundays. That is the day the serious shoppers shop. Tuesdays are for recreational shoppers. The ones who study cans of green beans like they are a museum piece.
Me: I did not know this taxonomy. I guess that makes me a clueless Tuesday shopper.
Ellen: I do also hit the big box store. But not regularly.
Me: Thesis: Big box stores are the domain of dads.
Ellen: They’re there for the free samples and beer selection.
Me: How do you decide when and when not to buy organic?
Ellen: I primarily buy organic produce on the “dirty dozen” list, but if something is at the farmers’ market that looks luscious I will buy it anyway. And I sometimes find that produce is not produced to withstand travel. Peaches are not rock hard (think of your sister Rachel and I sticking our noses into a brown bag of fresh peaches).