When I heard Walmart had added a fresh produce section to their Halifax location, I was intrigued. I contacted them and they did call me but it was in the middle of making dinner on a Friday night. I asked them to call me back next week. They never did. I let it go.
Then the Bedford location added on a fresh produce section and I was intrigued again. Not asking for permission this time, Reg and I went on Saturday despite the ridiculous crowds to check it out.
I put together a Talk and Tea discussion about what the experience was like for us. I really value Reg’s opinion and we tried to figure whether or not it was worth the extra time, drive and effort to get some produce at Walmart.
One thing I forgot to mention in the video is the store actually had bunches of fresh spinach! I have not seen fresh spinach that is not cut up and put into a plastic bag in almost a year. We eat a ton of spinach so that is kind of haunting me right now. That and the radicchio.
Reg and I are on the toughest budget right now. It was fun to go into Walmart to do a little reconnaissance because I just love doing that kind of thing (I was good, no cameras) but this is serious stuff to us right now and I know a lot of other people are struggling to get fresh food in their diets too.
I may still contact the company to see if I can find out more information. For example, where did that spinach come from? How far did the food have to travel? How successful has this idea been?
From our experience checking it out I would say this has been a huge success for Walmart. They could not keep the food on the shelves and if you watch our discussion you will understand why.
It was a very cold Saturday afternoon and Reg hates going to Walmart on the weekend so he was a real prince taking me out to do this foodie story. The good news is it did not cost us any money since we skipped going to the cafe to have a talk with tea at home. The bad news is, Reg kind of talked himself into taking me back to Walmart during the week!
Just remember Babe, tea always helps. And I promise to make you a cup when we get back from our second trip!
The Happy Whisk says
Aside from the organic carrots and organic garlic, I don’t buy much produce there. It’s mostly crap.