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  • Post #121 - July 2nd, 2022, 3:22 pm
    Post #121 - July 2nd, 2022, 3:22 pm Post #121 - July 2nd, 2022, 3:22 pm
    I got some really good, sweet cherries at the Evanston farmers market today, but they were $14 a quart. I also got a pint of the first of the homegrown blueberries and a quart of the last of the Michigan strawberries. I bought two pounds of some California strawberries for $1.99 on Thursday at Jewel, and I had to throw 1/3 of them out. The $5.99 a pound organic cherries I bought at Jewel were not that good either.
  • Post #122 - July 4th, 2022, 10:04 am
    Post #122 - July 4th, 2022, 10:04 am Post #122 - July 4th, 2022, 10:04 am
    NFriday wrote:Mariano's is supposed to have NW cherries for $1.99 a pound right now, but I wonder if they have any in stock at any of the stores?


    They are $1.99 only if you have and use a Mariano's card.
  • Post #123 - July 5th, 2022, 1:34 pm
    Post #123 - July 5th, 2022, 1:34 pm Post #123 - July 5th, 2022, 1:34 pm
    I've been wondering about decaf coffee. Lots of regular coffee on the shelves, both in grocery stores and warehouse clubs, but decaf is scarcer than regular -- and instant decaf is gone. Anyone know why instant decaf is not around?
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  • Post #124 - July 5th, 2022, 1:46 pm
    Post #124 - July 5th, 2022, 1:46 pm Post #124 - July 5th, 2022, 1:46 pm
    lougord99 wrote:
    NFriday wrote:Mariano's is supposed to have NW cherries for $1.99 a pound right now, but I wonder if they have any in stock at any of the stores?


    They are $1.99 only if you have and use a Mariano's card.

    If they're anything like the ones I bought at Fresh Farms, they're large, dark, firm . . . and mostly flavorless. :( If they actually had any flavor, please let us know. The ones I bought were most of the way there but probably picked a bit too early.

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  • Post #125 - July 5th, 2022, 4:11 pm
    Post #125 - July 5th, 2022, 4:11 pm Post #125 - July 5th, 2022, 4:11 pm
    Sorry. I refuse to use a Marianos card and did not buy them.
  • Post #126 - July 5th, 2022, 4:16 pm
    Post #126 - July 5th, 2022, 4:16 pm Post #126 - July 5th, 2022, 4:16 pm
    lougord99 wrote:Sorry. I refuse to use a Marianos card and did not buy them.

    Well, I refuse to even shop there, so I definitely agree with you about the card! :wink:

    =R=
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  • Post #127 - July 5th, 2022, 6:44 pm
    Post #127 - July 5th, 2022, 6:44 pm Post #127 - July 5th, 2022, 6:44 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    lougord99 wrote:Sorry. I refuse to use a Marianos card and did not buy them.

    Well, I refuse to even shop there, so I definitely agree with you about the card! :wink:

    =R=

    I occasionally went to the one on Hicks for sale priced Haagen Dazs, Butter, Chobani etc…the lighting is so dim that I always felt claustrophobic, a third world like feeling…
    If you aren't tasting, you aren't cooking.
  • Post #128 - July 6th, 2022, 6:41 pm
    Post #128 - July 6th, 2022, 6:41 pm Post #128 - July 6th, 2022, 6:41 pm
    I was at the Skokie Mariano's today. I had not been there in at least a year, but I was in the neighborhood, and I wanted to check to see if they had salmon burgers, and they did. I never pay $7.19 for salmon burgers, but these are Trident, which are supposed to be the best ones, and since Lent is over, nobody else carries salmon burgers except Whole Foods, and their salmon burgers are twice as expensive, and Costco of which I am not a member. I bought the salmon burgers and two Healthy Choice wraps that were on clearance for $2.24.

    Mariano's also had cherries on sale for $3.99 a pound, including the rainers. I would have bought some, but I still have some left from the farmer's market. Aldi's cherries were $6.99 today, but all they had were rainers, and Walmarts were $4.99. Aldi's has the cheapest bananas around. They are currently $.48 a pound.
  • Post #129 - July 6th, 2022, 7:38 pm
    Post #129 - July 6th, 2022, 7:38 pm Post #129 - July 6th, 2022, 7:38 pm
    H-Mart in Tigard Oregon had Rainer cherries for 5.99/lb today.

    The Costco here in Salem Oregon had Fresh Wild Caught Sock-eye Salmon for 10.99/lb.
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  • Post #130 - July 9th, 2022, 11:04 am
    Post #130 - July 9th, 2022, 11:04 am Post #130 - July 9th, 2022, 11:04 am
    lougord99 wrote:
    NFriday wrote:Mariano's is supposed to have NW cherries for $1.99 a pound right now, but I wonder if they have any in stock at any of the stores?


    They are $1.99 only if you have and use a Mariano's card.



    Krogers has had the cherries advertised for $1.99 in MOST markets. However, I have not seen them. They did not arrive with my order yesterday. I will drop by a couple Frys stores or Tuesday before the ad expires.
  • Post #131 - July 13th, 2022, 5:53 am
    Post #131 - July 13th, 2022, 5:53 am Post #131 - July 13th, 2022, 5:53 am
    Katie wrote:Mariano's has Northwest cherries for $3.99/lb this week.

    Aldi has Washington Red cherries for $2.99/lb this week.
    Mariano's has Northwest Red cherries for $2.99/lb this week.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #132 - July 22nd, 2022, 12:39 pm
    Post #132 - July 22nd, 2022, 12:39 pm Post #132 - July 22nd, 2022, 12:39 pm
    At Fresh Farms/Wheeling recently, "White" cherries (similar to Rainiers but not branded as such) were 'down to' $4.99/pound. There were still some 1-pound pre-packs of dark sweet cherries for $7.99/pound but also others for $3.99 and $4.99/pound respectively. The $3.99/pound dark sweets that I sampled were just about perfect.

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  • Post #133 - July 22nd, 2022, 1:39 pm
    Post #133 - July 22nd, 2022, 1:39 pm Post #133 - July 22nd, 2022, 1:39 pm
    'Cheaper' red cherries can be found for $2.88/lb at Jewel this week. I was hoping to pick up $1.99/lb cotton candy grapes but there were none at the Six Corners Jewel.
    "And if you don't know, now you know." -BIG
  • Post #134 - July 24th, 2022, 9:26 pm
    Post #134 - July 24th, 2022, 9:26 pm Post #134 - July 24th, 2022, 9:26 pm
    OK this may not count as a shortage but it is weird: Whole Foods curried chicken salad. It is one of the very best items in their prepared food line, and it has been unavailable for a couple of months - not, the staff informed me, because they're discontinuing but because shortages mean they can't source the dressing... Is this true in the region widely? No clue what ingredient (curry powder? mayo?) is at the root of the problem...
  • Post #135 - July 24th, 2022, 11:12 pm
    Post #135 - July 24th, 2022, 11:12 pm Post #135 - July 24th, 2022, 11:12 pm
    Hi,

    I was out of town over the weekend. I was on the Illinois-side in effectively a suburb of Terre Haute, Indiana.

    On the evening news, a popular hamburger joint has temporarily suspended operations because their preferred meat vendor cannot deliver enough product.

    I bought the cheapest gas at $4.06 a gallon for regular. According to gas buddy, it was more expensive just over the Indiana border.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #136 - July 24th, 2022, 11:45 pm
    Post #136 - July 24th, 2022, 11:45 pm Post #136 - July 24th, 2022, 11:45 pm
    I had the same experience coming back from Wisconsin. Got gas for $4.19 - saw prices back near home $1.20 more.
  • Post #137 - July 27th, 2022, 8:38 am
    Post #137 - July 27th, 2022, 8:38 am Post #137 - July 27th, 2022, 8:38 am
    This in the department of where does my money go ...

    I was talking to a person who cooks infrequently. I think the microwave is more often in use. I learned yesterday her gas bill was $60 recently. This covers her cooking gas, not the gas related to hot water.

    If this indeed true, then winter heating season is going to be a blast.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #138 - July 27th, 2022, 10:07 pm
    Post #138 - July 27th, 2022, 10:07 pm Post #138 - July 27th, 2022, 10:07 pm
    I think that it is going to be a lot worse for those who still heat with heating oil as that is tied closely to the cost of diesel.
  • Post #139 - July 28th, 2022, 12:15 am
    Post #139 - July 28th, 2022, 12:15 am Post #139 - July 28th, 2022, 12:15 am
    I just saw a segment on CNN about why cattle ranchers are bringing cattle to market early. There is a lack of rain in parts of Texas, and feed is more expensive. They expect beef prices to raise again.
  • Post #140 - July 28th, 2022, 8:36 am
    Post #140 - July 28th, 2022, 8:36 am Post #140 - July 28th, 2022, 8:36 am
    jlawrence01 wrote:I think that it is going to be a lot worse for those who still heat with heating oil as that is tied closely to the cost of diesel.

    It is, though it is less because road taxes are eliminated, but there are delivery fees. Home heating oil is also dyed so if you dip into the home heating oil to fuel your diesel car, it will be easily detected.

    In all my years of driving a diesel car, I never once had anyone check our tank.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #141 - July 29th, 2022, 4:48 am
    Post #141 - July 29th, 2022, 4:48 am Post #141 - July 29th, 2022, 4:48 am
    Hershey says it won't be able to meet Halloween demand this year.
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/28/business ... index.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #142 - August 1st, 2022, 11:20 am
    Post #142 - August 1st, 2022, 11:20 am Post #142 - August 1st, 2022, 11:20 am
    Maybe it was just a stocking issue, but I ran into the Jewel at Ashland and Roosevelt on Thursday to pick up a few things, and the packaged deli meat was totally wiped. Maybe a package or two of baloney, every other slot was empty.
  • Post #143 - August 1st, 2022, 11:21 am
    Post #143 - August 1st, 2022, 11:21 am Post #143 - August 1st, 2022, 11:21 am
    Dave148 wrote:Hershey says it won't be able to meet Halloween demand this year.
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/28/business ... index.html


    No biggie for me. Hershey is my least favorite chocolate.
  • Post #144 - August 1st, 2022, 11:34 am
    Post #144 - August 1st, 2022, 11:34 am Post #144 - August 1st, 2022, 11:34 am
    chicagojim wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:Hershey says it won't be able to meet Halloween demand this year.
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/28/business ... index.html


    No biggie for me. Hershey is my least favorite chocolate.

    Agreed. I don't really even think of it as chocolate. It's candy for kids, nothing more. In case of a shortage at holiday time, I'll be ready with an ample supply of lumps of coal. :lol:

    =R=
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  • Post #145 - August 1st, 2022, 11:36 am
    Post #145 - August 1st, 2022, 11:36 am Post #145 - August 1st, 2022, 11:36 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    chicagojim wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:Hershey says it won't be able to meet Halloween demand this year.
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/28/business ... index.html


    No biggie for me. Hershey is my least favorite chocolate.

    Agreed. I don't really even think of it as chocolate. It's candy for kids, nothing more. In case of a shortage at holiday time, I'll be ready with an ample supply of lumps of coal. :lol:

    =R=


    You’re such a bummer.
  • Post #146 - August 1st, 2022, 11:43 am
    Post #146 - August 1st, 2022, 11:43 am Post #146 - August 1st, 2022, 11:43 am
    RockyDennis wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    chicagojim wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:Hershey says it won't be able to meet Halloween demand this year.
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/28/business ... index.html


    No biggie for me. Hershey is my least favorite chocolate.

    Agreed. I don't really even think of it as chocolate. It's candy for kids, nothing more. In case of a shortage at holiday time, I'll be ready with an ample supply of lumps of coal. :lol:

    =R=


    You’re such a bummer.

    LOL - I try! :D

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #147 - August 1st, 2022, 11:51 am
    Post #147 - August 1st, 2022, 11:51 am Post #147 - August 1st, 2022, 11:51 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    RockyDennis wrote:
    You’re such a bummer.

    LOL - I try! :D

    Actually, thinking about it, it comes naturally. :lol:

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #148 - August 1st, 2022, 12:35 pm
    Post #148 - August 1st, 2022, 12:35 pm Post #148 - August 1st, 2022, 12:35 pm
    Hershey says it won't be able to meet Halloween demand this year

    cnn.com wrote:Demand for sweets surged during the pandemic and has remained high. Meanwhile interest in Halloween has only gotten stronger. That's bittersweet news for Hershey, which has seen its sales spike — the company reported double-digit sales growth in the quarter compared to last year -— but it has also had to make some production sacrifices.

    The chocolate maker uses the same manufacturing lines for its regular and seasonal products. That means it can't amp up production of both regular sweets and Halloween or holiday items. Instead, it has to do one or the other.

    "We had a strategy of prioritizing everyday on-shelf availability," Buck said during an analyst call discussing the company's second-quarter results. "That was a choice that we needed to make," she said. "It was a tough decision."

    That likely means ceding ground to competitors such as Mars Wrigley, which makes M&Ms, Snickers, Skittles and other candies, and Brach's, during the busy Halloween season. Hershey is adding more manufacturing lines and hoping that it will be able to meet demand in the next couple of years.
    But it has other issues.

    In addition to capacity constraints, the company is still struggling with disruptions along its supply chain, including higher dairy prices and scarce ingredients. In order to get the ingredients it needs, Hershey has to source them from other suppliers, which is costly.
    These issues are largely related to the war in Ukraine, Buck said.

    Interesting that the biggest cited issue seems to be their limited production line capacity (coupled with increased demand). With double-digit sales growth Q2-2022/Q2-2021, in some ways, they've become victims of their own success. But yes, there are other factors.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world

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