Mashed in at the market: Line of cars at Westie Roche Bros. all the way down the street

Long lines at Whole Foods in Cambridge

Meanwhile, at Cambridge Whole Foods, you can't even see the cash registers from the back of the lines.

Allow extra time to get the milk, bread and eggs. Kerry O'Brien reported at 6:05 p.m. that the line to get into the Roche Bros. parking lot was backing up well down Railroad Street.



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Plenty of Irish soda bread

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There was an abundance of Irish soda bread on one of the end-caps at the Coolidge Corner TJ's when I was there at 4:30 p.m. I don't know how it would be as French toast, but I bet it would make a fantastic bread pudding.


JP Whole Paycheck was out of

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JP Whole Paycheck was out of eggs, virtually all greens, and many forms of cow milk (though plenty of that hipster nut water) at eleven in the morning! A sign posted on the door noted that their shipments have been greatly delayed due to the previous few storms.


I was at Roche in DTX

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I have no idea WHY I felt I needed Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Swirl bread at lunch today. Cuz you know, I felt the need that I was going to use it to make french toast tomorrow. So I ended up at Roche in DTX.

I went around 1ish, it wasn't too bad. The line just filling the queue line and hadn't spread out to the rest of the store yet.

I gotta give Roche credit, all registers were open and people were moving. I didn't wait very long.


I just hit Whole Foods in Winburn/Wochester

Busy, but not crazy. Reasonably well-stocked. I saw what Wegman's looked like on my way home from work and hoped that heading outbound for the few things that I needed (potatoes and soy milk and selzer refills) would be the right thing to do.



Who doesn't have at least a day's worth of food in the house? Why the sudden panic to buy things that will still be available on Wednesday? Do all these people go the supermarket every single day and the fear starvation should they skip a day unprepared?

It's 1-2' of snow, not a class 5 hurricane. Everything will reopen Wednesday as normal. Chances are you have enough food to last a few days without fear.



How long did you and Kinopio lose power?

I have friends who had a 3 day power outage on the heels of another 3 days in the earlier storm.

They had to throw out a lot of food, and had little time to replace it.


There wasn't a cold place to

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There wasn't a cold place to put any of it until the power came back on?

They keep literally zero shelf-stable pantry staples in the house?


Feeding Rats

If you like feeding rats and raccoons, sure.

But there's cold and COLD ... I can tell you know a lot about food storage (rolls eyes).

People are also sick of eating all their shelf-stable stuff, too. Your theories are really nice though. Lets hope that you never have the joy of testing them out in a 5 person household.

Two adults, one kid

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2br apartment, small kitchen.

No place for a survivalist horde. No where safe to put perishables. Our power was out for four days between the two storms. Work schedules for two adults and a kid in after school care make scheduling shopping a major hassle. I was storing things in the car, but that isn't safe for more than a day when it hit 45 degrees outside.

Sure, we had about 1-2 days of dry food - but you cannot make a complete meal out of potatoes and beans when your stove doesn't work.

I'm guessing you and pinocchio are single people with parents nearby who have a generator, given how idiotic you sound. Like Henry David Thoreau, who pretended to be self-sufficient while eating at Mom's all the time. Get a life and lets see you whine about how hard it gets and write more articles about it - good for a laugh.

You’re skipping a key part of the equation

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Most people do the household grocery shopping once a week, with a few households going twice a week. Are we to really believe that the crowds yesterday consisted of only Monday and Tuesday shoppers?

As you inadvertently point out, what’s the value of stocking up on perishables like milk and eggs when there is a chance of the power going out?

Let's say 50% of the people

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Let's say 50% of the people who normally would go to the market on a Tuesday decided to go today instead, that's enough for the places to be this crowded. I imagine in terms of hard numbers, they aren't getting that many more customers; stores like are TJs are just already running close to capacity in the evening.


Plus, if you're going to be

Plus, if you're going to be stuck at home all day because of the storm, you want something GOOD to eat, not some stale crackers from the back of the cabinet. I stocked up on Monte Cristo fixings, a frozen pizza, and whoopie pies. :)


Most people can subsist on

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Most people can subsist on what they have for a day or so, but people like to ensure they have food they like, they want options, they want to make sure everything is fresh and for storms like this, they want to make sure there's something they can eat/prepare without electricity. And if you live in an area prone to flooding, or your street is the last in the area to get plowed, maybe you will still be stuck at home Wednesday morning.

I usually buy a wedge of brie and my favorite wine before the storm.

Not to mention, there are people who go to the store to get something fresh for dinner every day, or every few days. Plenty of stores are a bit crazy during evening rush hour, the people who need to stock up are just adding to that chaos.

Maybe people are finally smartening up

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Maybe people are finally smartening up and realizing that the day after the storm everything is open and back to normal and they didn't really need those 20 gallons of milk and ten loaves of bread after all.


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As a Georgian by birth now living in New England. This is hilarious. After years of taunting by Yankees about how to the South is of snow I see this. What a gem. You guys panic buy too at least the infrastructure up here had the plows and salt trucks to handle this kind of weather unlike the half inch of ice under snow we used to get every other year in the Metro ATL area.


It's not everybody...

We joke about the people who wait and then go panic buy. I saw that we were at halfway on milk and oj, and asked if we needed more. They said, we're good at least to Wednesday, and the roads and store will be open by Wednesday night. So I (and most everyone) skipped the mishegas.

In 1978 (years before I arrived) they got hit by an unexpected blizzard and everything was closed for 4 days. So everyone ran out of milk and bread and eggs, and since then, we have the tradition of stocking up just in case.

We did go to Russo's for apples, because we were out. There were checkout lines, and the bread was cleaned out, but it wasn't crazy.

"Milk and Brad and Eggs"

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I'm curious about this "milk and bread and eggs" business. Exactly how much of this stuff do people use in their regular lives when there is no storm? How many eggs are people consuming on a daily basis that they MUST have these things on hand during a storm? Or is it just the tradition that one runs out and buys these as a go to item whenever there is a threat of snow, regardless of whether they use them or not?

families with kids

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My kids are picky but they always eat eggs and milk, so we often go through 3 dozen eggs a week between breakfasts for everyone, and random eggs in other things.
We also encourage them to drink lots of milk, so we go through that a pretty rapid clip too. Nothing terrible would happen if we were out, except whiny kids at breakfast, but why not stock up.

I work in retail so my day off is Monday, and so I always shop that day. Fortunately I went early in the day and it wasn't too bad.

That’s good, but it’s hard to

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That’s good, but it’s hard to beat the Trader Joe’s in Back Bay which is known to turn into nothing but a line; you get in line at the beginning of the store when you get your buggy, the line wends through the entire store making it a breeze to pick stuff off the shelves as you wait, and then you’re at the registers and can drop off the buggy and take the escalator back up.