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100 years ago: Fruits and vegetables low in quality in downtown markets

July 9, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 9, 1911:

“The week end market offerings are not very attractive today, and the housewife will have about as good luck if she does her buying for Sunday over the telephone. In that way she will avoid the sight of a vegetable and fruit display that looks like the tag end of a rummage sale. About the best offering is cantaloupes; that is, they are less wilted looking than some other things in the market. The dealers say they are good, and to prove it ask a good price for them. The offerings of small fruits are limited to plums, apricots, cherries and blueberries. Vegetables are plentiful and fairly reasonable in price, but not very good in quality. Any housewife who has been industrious in her back yard garden this spring, and has watered it every night, will not have any difficulty in beating anything that is offered in the downtown stores, so far as quality and variety are concerned.”

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