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How Hard is It to Get Fresh Produce?
July 10th, 2009

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Who knew finding an apple would be so difficult in the Big Apple?

Less than a quarter of New York City food retailers — everything from your local bodega to the neighborhood Key Food — are likely to sell fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the city’s health department. That number becomes even more rotten since the amount of supermarkets in the five boroughs has been slashed by a third in the past six years.

Now The Huffington Post and Gotham Gazette want to know how the city’s supermarket drought affects you.

How hard is it for you to get fruits and vegetables? On average how many blocks do you have to walk to get fresh produce? Do you think it’s easier in your neighborhood than other areas? More difficult? And has access to food stores changed since the recession?

Send your responses to [email protected] and sign up here to join The Huffington Post’s New York citizen reporting unit.

We will analyze your responses and report back later this week.

By on July 10, 2009, 10:37 am
In category: Environment,Health,nextNY | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “How Hard is It to Get Fresh Produce?”

  1. Ronald Bourque Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I have two supermarkets within walking distance of my home in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn. “Fresh” fruit and vegetables are available at both. But it is far from fresh – even the “Product of USA” label could mean that the fruit has been in cold storage for an undetermined number of weeks. Buying fresh fuit at all three supermarkets I patronize is a gamble – it is often rotting from the inside while the exterior appearance looks good.

    What is sorely needed is a label on fuit and vegetables that reveals the date it was picked and the State or country of origin. I think the average consumer would be shocked to realize just how old “fresh” fuit and vegetables are when they reach the market. The nutritional value decline substantially with age as does the flavor. Much of the fruit I buy is wet, sweet and tasteless. I do ty to eat several servings of fuit every day but I don’t really enjoy it. If you buy fresh-picked apples from a roadside farm stand and bring home a bagfull, the scent of apples will permeate the room for days. Pick up an apple or any “fresh fruit” from the supermarket and it will have virtually no scent at all. Since odor is a significant part of flavor, the odorless fruit is tasteless. If we want people to develop healthy eating habits, tasteless and often rotting fruit does not help.

    My wife will often cooks up this inferior fruit with a little cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice to make it palatable. We try.

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