Produce

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Walk into Healthy Living and the first thing you’ll see is our gorgeous Produce Department, a wild and wonderful world of the freshest, highest-quality fruits and veggies you’ll find anywhere! We buy direct from our beloved local farms throughout the year, so our produce is about as fresh as if you’d picked it yourself. We’ve been working with local farmers for over 20 years and love doing business with this amazing community of hard-working people, who form the backbone of Vermont. We have a plethora of local and organic options, produce from ecologically grown and wild-crafted sources, and the cleanest conventional alternatives at the best prices. From local greens and snap peas, to seasonal apples and berries, we have everything a great Produce Department needs, plus a few fun, seasonal surprises! Not sure what celeriac is? Wanna know the best way to prepare morels? Just ask our produce staff – they’re always there to help!

Department News

Banana Pricing Update

By Jackie Cooper  •  Thursday, November 6th, 2014

So, our price on bananas changed… but why?

Little do people know, the banana industry is one of the most corrupt, crazy, violent industry in the food world. There will be a movie coming out soon called “Banana Land: Blood, Bullets & Poison” that talks all about it.

The texture of ripe yellow bananas closeup

Here are the words of Mr. Benoit (Lead Buyer/Mentor):

“We made a choice to sell Certified Fair Trade and Organic bananas for the great work the organizations do that support the farmers and their families. The price is $.10 higher than our competitor across the driveway for their non-fair trade organic bananas. It is in fact lower than the per pound price we have charged for at least the last 6+ years. The bananas cost Healthy Living $.27 each, which means we are only making $.12 per banana.

There are organizations that these farmers have created often referred to as “CO-OPs”. They have organized in hopes to help bring a sustainable price for bananas so the farmers and their families can live a sustainable life. I have included the links below so you can read up on the amazing things these folks do.

http://equalexchange.coop/products/bananas

http://equalexchange.coop/products/bananas/faqs/how-can-i-dig-deeper-and-learn-more

While we were not able to have a lower everyday price for these bananas, it’s our belief it’s for good reason. I am absolutely sure we are  competitive with the market price on organic bananas, and we pride ourselves on our choice to use Fair Trade products whenever we can.”


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