Well Jake...I talked to a few produce guys in my area and they said it was perfectly ok to open up those clamshells and choose what you want (I just load up a produce bag).
Just be respectful to the display and leave the containers open so they can dispose of the "bad" stuff when they make their hourly checks.
Be honest and keep the weight the same as the 'shell packs and everyone is happy.
They offer grapes in ziplocks and as they are priced per lb (and we could never eat 5 lbs before it went bad) and shoppers are encouraged to choose the amt they want and it is weighed at checkout.
I don't open things like huge pre bagged potatoes or the clam shelled tomatoes ( I can choose stuff like that piece by piece) and even for me that is going a bit far.
We try to hit the weekend farmer's markets for our needs but sometimes just cannot get to one or I am late and there is nothing left.
The Georgia peaches are almost ready (produce friend at Sam's Club texted me today).
As I buy so many ( can and freeze and grill them as well as eat right out of hand, stooped over to let the juices run down my arm) the manager allows me to go in the walk in and choose what I want.
No he doesn't hold back any for me as that is against their regs.
If I don't show they keep the front well stocked and if any are left then I am welcome to load up.
Thanks for the micro biology lesson eastshores....I can rest easy now that I know what makes all that rot and mold.
So are you saying if there is just a small bruise I can cut it away and not worry about making someone sick?
ed..I know to not wash the berries (once home) until prepping just before using (same day unless making jam) but the worst looking examples are always in those cartons found on the aisle displays (right next to that toxic looking red gel used for pie making) and that area is never refrigerated.
Edited by flipflopgirl - 7/7/13 at 6:58am