One major reality for all people is the price and quality of the food we buy. In Amsterdam, I picked up a few groceries at the supermarket and the open market. A half liter of organic milk, two marinated porkchops, 250 grams of mushrooms, one liter of black currant soda added up to €5,66. Throw in a half loaf of sliced bread for €0,85, three yellow onions and a red hydroponically-grown sweet pepper for €2,50, and six individually-stamped eggs for €0,99 and I generated a grand total of €10 just under $14.
At the Albert Cuyp open market, vendors sell produce from Holland, Spain and other countries like avocados from Peru and pineapples from Costa Rica. My wife and I sampled a semi-hard goat cheese for use on sandwiches and bought 250 grams for €2. We also ate a raw herring “broodje” coupled with bland onions and a sweet pickle spear for €3. The healthy and delicious fish is sought after by both Dutch shoppers and world travellers.
The cut flowers in Holland are the best grocery purchase both for the price and quality; five sunflowers with meter long stems for €3. The sales lady adviced me to dip the ends, trimmed on an angle, in hot water with two scoops of sugar and place them away from a drafty window. In Holland, a quality cut flower will live up to a week in the vase.
Grocery shopping can be an enriching experience. For me, the cost of food staples in Holland seems reasonable given quality standards and cost of living. Many readers of the AGROGURU blog are all over the world. I am just curious. How would you rank the importance of price, quality and origin when grocery shopping? What do you buy most frequently? And how much do you spend a week on groceries?