Daily Archives: May 21, 2005

O where have the mom-and-pops gone?

Leeches, er... leeksAbout 15 years ago, I remember one of my many trips to a little produce store in downtown St. John’s named Lars. When I asked a simple question about the differences between apples, I received a (not unwelcome) half-hour lesson concerning eight varieties of apples, including a sample tasting session.

Today, I was in a large supermarket buying some vegetables, and the cashier stopped and stared in bewilderment at the produce on her digital scale. She held it up. “Leeches?” she asked.

“Uh, leeks,” I responded.

“…Same thing…,” she muttered under her breath, no doubt thinking I was a know-it-all.

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