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Declining Quality at Whole Paycheck?

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I've been buying a lot of stuff at costco and TJ's in order to compensate for rising food costs.

However, I just think it's healther to eat as much organic food as possible.

I returned to Whole Paycheck (henceforth WP) this weekend and bought a bunch of organic veggies, fruits, and pre made stuff like soups.

To be honest, I don't feel like the quality of the food is as high as it was when I first shopped there (back in 03 or 04).

I feel like Trader Joe's has done a much better job of maintaining quality although of course they've been hit hard by increasing prices as well.

Anyone else notice a decline in quality at WP produce? I'd say it's still better, but the difference is not as great as it once was.

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  1. I live in CA and still have a hard time finding a good quality organic poduce. TJ is awful when it comes to produce specially organic red pepper. It seems like every other time I buy it there is a mold inside. Wholefoods is hit and miss also, but I buy most of my veggies from them. I always tell my husband, we live in CA and we are supposed to have fresh produce!!

    1. Hmmm,

      I bought some of WP's organic bread. I thought it was a sure thing. It tasted just like non organic bread, maybe even a little worse. It's unfortunate that their quality has deteriorated so sharply in less than a decade, while the price of this item has doubled.

      Perhaps the early/mid 2000's were glory times for organics?

      I may have to hit up some of the farmer's markets. They're kind of a scene and a little crowded and stressful, but perhaps that's the sacrifice I make to get the freshest produce I suppose...

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      1. re: NewDude

        "I bought some of WP's organic bread. I thought it was a sure thing. It tasted just like non organic bread, maybe even a little worse."

        What do you mean by this? That organic bread is somehow always going to taste better than non-organic?

      2. I never thought paying high prices made food taste better. I'll stick to farmers markets and Costco.

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        1. re: cstr

          Yep. Costco has been adding more organic products over the last 4-5 years...

          Yet the prices are reasonable.