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"Farm-Picked" Broccoli…

skippy66 Aug 3, 2011 03:53 PM

I just saw a Stouffer's Lean Cuisine commercial on TV where one of the selling points was that it was made with "farm-picked" broccoli. Is there another kind I don't know about?

Does Stouffer's really thing I'm that stupid?

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    CanadaGirl Aug 8, 2011 09:23 AM

    Yes ;)

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      beevod Aug 8, 2011 09:00 AM

      Free range broccoli raised irresponsibly is acceptable.

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      1. re: beevod
        Karl S Aug 8, 2011 10:12 AM

        I too prefer naughty free range broccoli for that extra frisson on the plate.

      2. iluvcookies Aug 6, 2011 07:19 PM

        Personally, I prefer my broccoli ocean-fresh, but farm-picked will do in a pinch.

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          Karl S Aug 7, 2011 05:38 AM

          Just be very careful about free-range broccoli.

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            debbiel Aug 8, 2011 06:48 AM

            I find the free-range broccoli tastes a bit too much of broccoli to suit me.

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              smartie Aug 8, 2011 02:59 PM

              I prefer battery raised broccoli!! All those poor stems squashed together in a small cage.

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            DGresh Aug 4, 2011 03:27 PM

            I noticed the same thing. I kind of wonder if the marketing person who wrote that copy felt kind of "dirty" after they did it! I mean they must have known it was just meaningless space-filling words!

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            1. re: DGresh
              Karl S Aug 4, 2011 03:32 PM

              No, they more probably had an internal competition in the agency to come up with the best meaningless filler.

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                DGresh Aug 4, 2011 03:38 PM

                unfortunately, I think you're right!

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                AverageJo Aug 16, 2011 11:42 AM

                Reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Homer's watching TV and the commercial voiceover keeps purring about "rich creamery butter".

              3. babette feasts Aug 3, 2011 07:35 PM

                Yeah I thought that was odd too. Just say no to test tube broccoli? Seems like they are trying awfully hard to make broccoli sexy.

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                  smartie Aug 3, 2011 06:38 PM

                  I don't like those marketing tools either
                  farm fresh eggs
                  Doorstep Fresh Milk (British Milk Marketing Board slogan)
                  cafes that announce 'freshly cut sandwiches' - were they made last week and freshly cut today?

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                  1. re: smartie
                    LindaWhit Aug 4, 2011 05:35 AM

                    LOL! I'm laughing at the "freshly cut sandwiches" - that seriously WORKS for those cafes?

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                      cstr Aug 4, 2011 08:59 AM

                      I saw a good one recently, a jar of honey with 'all natural' on the label. Where the heck do you think that honey came from anyway??

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                        LindaWhit Aug 4, 2011 09:57 AM

                        Oh now THERE is where I think I'd call the company and ask if they had any fake stuff.

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                          mpjmph Aug 4, 2011 12:54 PM

                          My favorite was a bag of candy corn I saw a few years ago that proudly proclaimed "made with real honey." The one time it's appropriate for a candy to boast about being made with real corn (syrup) and they focus on the honey...

                    2. Tripeler Aug 3, 2011 06:09 PM

                      Besides, where else would broccoli be picked?

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                        small h Aug 3, 2011 04:01 PM

                        They don't think you're stupid, just susceptible to marketing. And hey, you noticed, right? And reminded us that Stouffer's Lean Cuisine exists? It worked!

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