Yes, they have no bananas

No bananas at Cambridgeport Whole Foods

Shoppers at Whole Foods stores across the Boston area are reporting serious shortages tonight - not of milk, eggs and bread, but of some fruits and green vegetables.

As seen above, Nat discovered a serious lack of bananas at the Cambridgeport Whole Foods. The greens case was also denuded, he reports.

Jillian Higgins found similarly bare greens shelves at the Jamaica Plain Whole Foods:

Empty shelves at JP Whole Foods

Saul Tannenbaum reports similar conditions held yesterday at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods - which makes him wonder if Whole Foods just has some sort of supply issue, not ravenous hordes of kalephiles worried about not being able to get out for their fix tomorrow.

Colleen Cressman checked in from the Arlington Whole Foods, reports there's been a problem since before the New Year:

They were completely out of celery, of all things, on Dec. 29 and their potatoes and oranges were soft and gross.

Stewart Mason reported a similarly green-lacking scene at the Waltham Market Basket this evening:

Not a box or bag of mixed greens to be found. Weird.

John reports no bags of greens at the Medford Wegmans, either.

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I went to Whole Foods for

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I went to Whole Foods for fruit
Overpriced, I know, but a hoot
I have the money
Where are they honey
I am willing to pay the loot

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In stock at Symphony Whole Foods

Plenty of organic and non-organic bananas and greens at Symphony Whole Foods this a.m., and not many shoppers, though if you have to drive to get there I'd suggest trying to do without, and start the green smoothie cleanse next week.

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Prime

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Whole Foods should sign up for Amazon Prime so they can get these groceries delivered tomorrow - it's an amazing service!

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Watch out

It appears there will be a lot of people falling for the banana in the tailpipe trick tomorrow.*

* This is a reference to a movie from the 80s** called 'Beverly Hills Cop' which was a huge hit.

** off my lawn young people.

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It's just margarine, without

It's just margarine, without the small amount of milk-by-products they often put in margarine. Earth Balance is actually way tastier than Land O Lakes, incidentally!

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Even non vegan prefer ...

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.... the taste of Earth Balance. Great for sautéing too.
It doesn’t really balance the earth though for orangutans, whose habitat is being destroyed and converted to palm plantations to provide palm oil for Earth Balance.

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The store that ran out of chicken

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Tina T. reported that around 9 p.m., the Jamaica Plain Stop & Shop had plenty of bananas, but had run out of chicken:

No chicken
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I confess

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I bought the last four bananas at the WestRox Roche Bros. They were clear out of broccoli and asparagus by about 7:30, though.

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You monster

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You monster

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Did my shopping on Tuesday

Needed the cat food I can only get there, so went to a suburban Trader Joes on Tuesday. Store was moderately busy but poorly stocked. I have cat food, milk (for tea), booze, mixers, tomato soup, cheese and chips/crackers, so am ready for hunkering down for 24 hours.
To be serious, though- many stores were closed on Monday because of the New Years holiday. Based on that alone, daily demand for produce would be up (all the Monday shoppers are shopping on other days.) Now all the Thursday shoppers are also shopping early.

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Supply failure, not demand surge

At least, the local demand isn't the reason. Store people are saying their deliveries are stalled in NY. Don't know if it's because of weather, or if NY is hoarding all the vegetables.

If you can get to an H Mart, they were reportedly well-stocked with vegs last night.

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Lettuce issue

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The lack of salad like greens is most likely due to this (not the storm) -

"An outbreak of E. coli infections may be tied to a bad batch of romaine lettuce, according to Consumer Reports.

Approximately 58 people in 13 states have become ill with E. coli, including Illinois. Five people have been hospitalized and one has died, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Another person has died in Canada."

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No bananas at Westboro Stop and Shop, either

First thing I noticed when I walked in - a huge banana display and just one lonely, half-peeled banana on it. Seemed kinda funny to me. Maybe instead of French toast, people are making banana pancakes.

Then, down the street at the Roche Bros, the banana rack was full.

I was looking for a whole chicken to make some soup - no luck.

Big run on snow shovels at Job Lot, too, but they had plenty in stock.

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What do people do with all this food...

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...after the storm runs it course and life goes back to normal exactly one day later? Someone should tell them hoarding perishables like milk and produce isn't the smartest idea.

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I've often wondered that too

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1) Unless you have tiny kids, or you like to bake treats during storms (my mom does), no one needs that much milk.

2) Eggs. I love eggs. But again, unless you're baking, who eats eggs all that often? They're also not very useful if the power's out, you can't cook them unless you have gas and you can't refrigerate them by sticking them directly in the snow because they'll crack when they freeze.

3) Bread. Bread's pretty useful, you can make lots of things with it, but again, if the power's out, no toast, possibly no grilled cheese, and you need other things to make a decent sandwich (meat, cheese, veggies.)

4) Shovels and ice melt: I never understood why people need to buy a new shovel after every storm. I get that they break and get stolen if you leave them outside, but other than that, where are they going? My parents have had the same two or three shovels for 30-some years of living in two houses with decent frontage.

I usually just buy my regular groceries and stock up on nonperishable snacks and beverages in case the power goes out or the storm damages makes it hard to get groceries for a few days. We have a small camp stove, so I'll also stock things that can be used with boiled water or directly boiled themselves (water, tea, soup) in case it comes to that.

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My mom is in town and wanted

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My mom is in town and wanted to make a list for a stock-up a couple days ago but we honestly couldn't think of anything. Still well-stocked with holiday leftovers.

We're both from hurricane territory and in addition to keeping emergency water, are always on the lookout for interesting nonperishables that can be eaten as-is or warmed in boiling water (and made sure to install a gas stove that can be lit with a skewer in an outage).

No matter where you are, you never know when you might have a utility disruption of some kind, or the flu, or a political coup... After a while I might get pretty antsy for fresh produce but nobody here's gonna starve. 3 days to two weeks of water and shelf-stable food isn't a silly prepper standard, it's just... normal.

The cats are on a prescription diet so I hoard that, but otherwise, a few days snowed in just means a good excuse to make some creative soups and eat down the pantry a bit before the staples expire. The big restock comes after things are back to normal.

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Although I didn't make it

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Although I didn't make it there before this storm, I've noticed our local Trader Joe's in Coolidge Corner, Brookline often runs out of 3-buck Chuck and frozen pizzas in the pre-tempest panic buying hours. Maybe that's because we try to live a more refined lifestyle here....

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WF - The Unhappiest Place on Earth

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Grocery store of misery. Amazon has mastered the art of creating a Thunderdome experience here; people wander abstractly searching for something on the lists in their hands; surly, angry gnomes and entitled hipsters postrure and glare, and the amazon slave shoppers plow their way through bodies like Paris terrorist to get that last bag of frozen fucking peas. The new motto is "fuck y'all".

Sunday, noon, and the shelves where chicken, mushrooms, peppers, fruit, tomatoes, and other fundamental foods are apocalyptic empty. I asked my wife why the fuck we were there. And it was a sincere question. The shitty people, picked over food, confusing organization, miserable workers, and high prices. Done.

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