Thursday, April 28, 2011

Produce prices rise, quality slips at Costco

Tomato slices.Image via Wikipedia

I dashed into Costco in Hackensack today for a few things, including organic spring mix and tomatoes. 

I also wanted a pound of Boskovich Farms organic spinach, but I could see many brown leaves in the two or three packages I picked up in the cold room. I passed.

The Earthbound Farm organic spring mix had a use-by date of May 4, so I took a one-pound package for $4.79.

The sign over the Sunset-brand Camapari tomatoes said the 2-pound package had jumped by 50 cents, to $5.99, but the first two packages I picked up showed rotting or a split skin. 

At checkout, the package of flawless orbs I chose rang up at the old price.

Recently, I bought two 1-pound packages of the same tomatoes at Fairway Market in Paramus for $5, saving a half-dollar. My wife complained they weren't as sweet as the ones from Costco.

I still haven't finished the three, large hothouse cucumbers I bought at Costco early last week. 

Parts were bitter or discolored, but I didn't have the energy to take them back and wait in line for a refund.

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1 comment:

  1. I have come to your site after an online 'review'
    of Costco produce. Everybody I know is saying that Costco has gone to hell as far as produce goes. Their quality is gone. I'm totally bummed. I used to buy all my produce there.
    Now I go to Hy-Vee grocery stores. Only a little more, price-wise, but 10 times the quality.


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