While I agree wholeheartedly with the point of Jill Moreton’s letter (July 15 — Sign of growers’ problems).
I think we better redirect readers who may not know that BC Fruit Packers Co-operative is on Dawson Avenue, not Duncan Avenue. Dawson runs along the south side of “Zellers Mall,” the “apple place,” as Packers is often dubbed, is on the opposite side of Dawson, up past the mall heading east.
And yes, the place needs a plug. So here’s mine: yesterday I bought a grocery-bag full of giant Ambrosias and colourful Fujis, both kinds at 59 cents a pound. I handed over a $5 bill.
Compare that with the veggie and food markets running from 99 cents to $1.29 per pound. These are crispy apples just like fresh from the tree, from last year’s crop, while we wait for this season’s.
I, too, was a little put out to notice the sign no longer says what products are in stock, but you’ll find that some days they have luscious tomatoes, cucs, onions, potatoes, jams, etc., along with whatever fruits are in season, and the next day it can be different offerings.
How could they fully keep up the notice board? So I give them some slack on that one. Go more often, and you won’t miss out.
“The apple place” has many varieties of these healthy treats all year round — you’ll get several pounds for the price of a bag of unhealthy chips. And be supporting your own community growers, to boot. Win, win.