Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Grocery shopping is its own adventure
Today we went to town to go grocery shopping and all I can say is WOW, what an adventure! They have Sam's Club down here and a Mexican Walmart, both stores are owned by Walmart. You all know how much I love that store right? NOT! Walmart is seriously a product of the devil and I would never choose to go there on my own. Walmart sells products that are too bad to be sold anywhere else so just imagine what leftover products Mexico gets. Anyways, I'm hungry and we need to fill the kitchen with groceries so I go. We start with the Mexican Walmart because we don't want to buy bulk. The place isn't air conditioned and even though it's built like any other grocery store, somehow there are birds flying around inside and flies in the baked good cases. The broccoli is almost black, the fruit is discolored and bruised beyond recognition and everything cold expires about 3 days from today. So far it's not looking good. I wanted to take a picture for the blog but didn't want to offend anyone. McKay takes me down an isle where they should have stuff I recognize and we could possibly eat. Nothing. I was so overwhelmed at this point for so many reasons. I was sad for the people of Mexico (maybe just this town) that this is what they eat, I was sad for myself thinking that I was going to starve down here, I was worried about what the heck I was going to feed Aiden because I sure as heck wasn't using their produce and I'm not going to risk the canned stuff. I was so overwhelmed and it took everything I had to not burst into tears right there in the middle of the store. McKay obviously is seeing what I'm seeing, I don't need to say anything, we leave and head over to Sam's club which is supposed to be more my speed. It's clean, almost empty (of people) and the food isn't expiring this week. We got a membership and were able to find about 15 items: Milk, cereal, yogurt, water, frozen broccoli, crackers, english muffins, tortillas, sausage, salmon, plums, carrots, and lettuce. We brought cash with us so for the first time in years I'm looking at the prices to stay in budget while also thinking "what the heck, I cannot make a meal out of any of this." Still overwhelmed at this point but at least I have some food and wont starve. We weren't able to find eggs in either store so we go to a local grocery store (Santa Fe), they don't have any either. What the heck? Turns out that Mexico killed all of their chickens last month because of an outbreak of bird flu. Great. When we get home I wash off a plum for me and McKay, they're both hard as rocks. Deep breath in, deep breath out. By now I am just shaking my head in disbelief. We will be asking our friends to go grocery shopping for us before they come down this weekend and then we will be up every couple of weeks (to visit home and for McKay to still be able to run his business there) and will grocery shop there before heading back down. The moral of this story, besides showing how much Walmart truly does suck, is to notice how lucky we really are to enjoy organic fruits and vegetables and free range eggs and air chilled chicken. I miss these luxuries already and am so grateful to be born and raised in such a great area, it isn't like that everywhere.