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alstro:"Speaking of food stores, I'm just old enough to remember sawdust on the floor in butcher shops--and pickle barrels."

The Sprouts store here has a pickle barrel....and you can buy 300 items from bins....seeds, nuts, olives, etc.....


alstro:" And the small selection of produce that expanded in summer."

YOu only had 'local' then. Too expensive to haul from CA to the east coast. About the only thing you got was oranges.....and apples....


alstro:"frozen vegetables weren't slathered in a sauce,"

You can still buy frozen things that are only the veggies. Walmart sells bags of Bird's eye broccoli..,nothing but broccoli in the bag...same for green beans and corn.....

Look harder....


alstro:" milk was whole or skim and came in glass bottles with paper tops--and could be delivered to the insulated box by your door from the local dairy. "

We had the milk man in NJ......put I never remember skim milk.....if mom was making something, she'd special order a bottle of 'cream'.....
I think we had a bread man deliver stuff too!....

Well, you can now get Stouffers stuff ( I think it is that) delivered to your door...Frozen stuff...from meat to dinners, etc.. I forget who it is for sure. My mom used their services for a while.....or maybe it is Swann? And of course, the water man delivers bottles of water if you pay for it.....

but no milk delivery.....

And if the milk froze in the insulated box, it would pop off the paper top......which happened more than once....

Things are still a LOT better today with vastly better food selection, better food prices (folks spend 1/2 of what they did back then from their income for food)....and you can buy milk here at 10 different places within five miles. THe nearest I can walk to (1/2 mile)....

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