Fire up the roasters, it's Hatch season
GRETNA, La. — I stopped by the newest location of Thibodaux-based Rouses Supermarkets last week and had the pleasure of spending some time with produce clerk Nicolle as we roasted some Hatch peppers. Read more.

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First Look: Sprouts Cedar Park, TX
I took advantage of an offer from the new Sprouts Farmers Market in Cedar Park, Texas to come look and shop the night before grand opening. This new store, a ground-up build in the North Austin suburbs, opened August 27. They offered “tickets” to a preview sale, along with a 10% off coupon, for the first 1,000 Facebook fans who signed up. Read more.

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Pamela's Kitchen: W.P. Rawl’s Chili Lime Kale Chip Kit
We love kale chips in the Riemenschneider house, so I was excited to find W.P. Rawl’s Chili Lime Kale Chip Kit at the Wal-Mart near my house in Cedar Park, Texas. Read more.

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Local and organic meant little to these consumers
CHICAGO — If only the audio guys at conventions were able to add sound effects to presentations. I’d have added one of those screeeech record scratch-type noises when our Midwest Produce Expo consumer panel participants told me they don’t really shop for local produce. Read more.

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Pinching pennies
While I was on maternity leave earlier this year, I frequented mother-to-mother message boards specializing in frugality and finances. Having only part of our family’s income for a couple of months had me looking for ways to save money and stretch our grocery dollar. Read more.

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Rockin' the Produce-A-Palooza
HARRISBURG, N.C. – They weren’t kidding about the celebration atmosphere at the Produce-A-Palooza at Lowe’s Foods. I stopped by this location of the Winston-Salem-based chain to check it out on a busy Saturday in July and ran into Brent Barbee, farm manager for Barbee Farms, Concord, who was sampling melons at the front of the store. Read more.

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Who doesn’t love a good throwback?
I picked up this book, The First Book of Supermarkets by Jeanne Bendick, on Amazon for a couple of bucks. It was neat to see the 1954 version of a supermarket, both the similarities and the differences from our supermarkets today. Read more.

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Diary of a Recall
Here’s the process I’ve gone through so far to figure out if my peaches are the ones that were recalled by Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. I should be hyper aware of this because I actually ate half of a Jensen Farms Rocky Ford cantaloupe during the recall back in 2011. Read more.

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