In our house my Dad and I were the only ones who knew how to drive, and we were in charge of getting everybody else around.
We had a routine for groceries, we would not buy all of our groceries in one place, we simply couldn't afford it. And if there is one person in the world who can stretch a $1 as far as possible, that is my mother. So after our Saturday work shift at To-Jo Mushrooms, we would head out to the following places
The Fruit/ Vegetable stand in Kennett Square- We would buy all and any produce there. 3 lbs of tomatoes, 2 lbs of Bananas, 6 apples, Onions, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, lettuce. Now, we didn't splurge on things that would not get eaten quick, like Strawberries, Mangos, or Avocados. This gave me some sort of trauma, because I didn't find myself feeling able to buy avocados until many years later.
Then we would head out to The Barn in Maryland. It is not actually called the Barn, but that is the name we gave it. Now, hold on to hear the story of this magical Barn Place.
Oxford PA is about 25 minutes from Maryland, and we had found this amazing barn place because my Dad took us there once for their Flea Market Mondays. We ventured out there on our own, because my dad refused to take us on Non -Flea Market Days.
Anyway, the barn sold bulk items that nobody in a regular grocery store would want. That could be cans with a dent, boxes that were smashed up, boxes that had a cut or tear, items that were single (as in 1 granola bar from a box of 60), all at bottom shelf prices. So back then a can of corn would run about $0.60 and a can of corn at the Barn was 3 cans for $1. None of the food items were expired, only slightly damaged.
The Barn never had the same things, so we had to rummage through the things that they had that week. A few times we got lucky and found awesome things, some of our best finds were: A giant can of corn, a 3 gallon bottle of corn oil, a 10 lbs. sack of rice, all staples for our meals. I also still clearly remember buying 20 rolls of TP every time we went there.
I found out years later, that the Barn sold items that were take out of the BJs Wholesale Club because they were damaged or returned.After our car was loaded up to the top with our wonderful finds, we would head to The Dollar General for Cereals, cookies and toiletries. The Barn rarely had this products by the time we got there.
Our meats and daily came from the regular Grocery store.
I used to enjoy all the driving around and coming home with bags and bags of groceries for my family. My brothers were little and whenever we took them to the Barn, they would treat it as a treasure hunt. Now they are big and spoiled... I love those boys!
Now your turn,
Do you have any Grocery shopping memories ? or is that a weird thing to have memories of?
Anything that you were not allowed to buy growing up and now love?
Are you a savvy shopper?
Have you ever been to a magical place like the Barn?