Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

It seems almost everyday someone, somewhere is complaining about Walmart!   It varies but usually you can count on someone being upset with:

  • their staffing policy
  • their outsourcing of product
  • the unsavoury shoppers
  • their size (the store not the shopper!)

But today I am so happy with my local Walmart because I have found the world's greatest fresh blueberries and I have to share a photo with you:

They say they are a "PRODUCT OF CANADA" !!!  

(even though they also say 1 US dry pint and they have a label from Naturipe Farms in Florida - what's that all about?)

I have no issue with the majority of our wintertime fruits and vegetables coming from warmer climates; otherwise we'd not have them.  My Father from Belfast remembered the first time he saw a banana and didn't know to peel it!   I digress . . .

My point is that all spring my blueberries have been coming from New Jersey, USA!   Today, to find a Product of Canada and at a cheaper price - well that just blows my mind!

Thank you Walmart for sourcing local berries (I think - I'm still confused by the label)

(and here is a pic of the gorgeous, plump and beautiful blueberries before I ate every last one of them!)

My name is Susan Emo and I am a PRODUCT OF CANADA (and a Blueberry-holic !)

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Kingston, Ontario

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Susan, we just came from a Walmart and I couldn't believe the produce prices. Otherwise the store did have an awfully high funk factor.
Jul 28, 2012 07:11 AM #7
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Florida made the blueberries and Canada made the container and label. LOL. I get my blueberries at Costco. Even a bigger store than Walmart! Ha.  

I am not a Walmart fan but it is not because of their policies, it is a free country (well maybe) and they can do whatever they want in their business. More power to them. We are getting a huge new Walmart in our suburb but their is one only 4 miles away in the other suburb. Walmarts everywhere! It is the majority of the people I encounter there that is the issue. 

Jul 28, 2012 07:32 AM #8
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Our Walmart is not a super Walmart so they don't sell produce.  I love to hate Walmart because they put so many mom and pops out of business but the prices are better there for some things than anywhere else.  I'm glad you got your blueberries.

Jul 28, 2012 07:39 AM #9
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Interesting post, Susan.  I think blueberries can be grown almost anywhere. My parents lived in Benton County, Arkansas, home of Wal-Mart. We used to go to a "pick 'em yourself" berry patch there.

My sister-in-law worked for Wal-Mart.

Jul 28, 2012 08:04 AM #10
Jeff Markell
American Advisors Group - Irvine, CA
Reverse Mortgage Professional | NMLS 224196

Yep, love them. or hate them...I (like many) have some issue with their policies, but I do shop there. Wal-Mart has many items at a better price than other stores. Charity starts at home!

Jul 28, 2012 09:39 AM #11
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

I dislike Walmart and have no interest in shopping with them. The last time I was in one of their stores I noticed smashed strawberries on the floor by the checker, a gallon of open milk behind her, and the lady in front of me moving her frozen turkey with her right foot.

Jul 28, 2012 09:49 AM #12
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hi Susan~ Everyone has an opinion about Walmart and they are entitled to their opinion.  I don't have to agree with it!  I shop at Walmart frequently.  I like that it's mostly one stop shopping for all my needs.  We were there today, but some toiletry items, a can of red paint, a bulletin board for the office and our other groceries.

BTW, I like blueberries, but I LOVE watermelon.

Jul 28, 2012 11:40 AM #13
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


I'm always amazed at the hatred some people have for WalMart. It's only a store, geez.


Jul 28, 2012 11:49 AM #14
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Susan~
Good for you!  Here in California, we are blessed with some wonderful fruit, whether in a large store chain or the local farmers market.  I am fortunate to have fresh strawberries on my cereal year round.  We are so lucky!
Paula Swayne

Jul 28, 2012 01:47 PM #15
Diana Foster
Braselton Real Estate Group, Inc. - Jefferson, GA
Realtor- Helping you find the perfect home!!

Looks like a great find. Those would have been wonderful in a blueberry pound cake that I make. 

Jul 28, 2012 01:51 PM #16
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow that is confusing...we certainly live in a global, those sure do look like nice big juice ones!

Jul 28, 2012 11:35 PM #17
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Have to say Susan, we shop Wal-mart and buy those blueberries! Your right the label is confusing but the berries are excellent!

Jul 28, 2012 11:47 PM #18
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Paula - I'm fortunate to have two from which to choose - one clean and the other "interesting" !
Jul 29, 2012 01:07 AM #19
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Winston - it is a success story for sure!
Jul 29, 2012 01:08 AM #20
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Eric - they're my vice and I eat them like popcorn while they're in season
Jul 29, 2012 01:09 AM #21
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Mark - I like any bargain on fresh produce Margaret - I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine Sharon - I devoured a huge package of raspberries from Costco last week - mmmmmm Patricia - I have found some of their fresh food to be half the price of other stores which is pretty hard to say no to. Shar - LOL, you may be correct! I get most of my stuff from Costco too
Jul 29, 2012 01:20 AM #22
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Susan - I agree that many Mom & Pop places are having to shut down and that box stores are contributing to that but shoppers need to be able to have access to fresh food at a reasonable price. When I see local produce stands selling fruit and veggies at 3 times the price of a bigger store I will not endorse them. Especially when I see them selling "local" bananas and oranges!!!
Jul 29, 2012 01:25 AM #23
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
John - we have a local pick your own blueberry patch about 30 minutes from my home but I don't find them as plump and tasty as what I can get in Walmart. I guess they're good for baking and preserving but I only like them fresh. Jeffrey - charity does start at home and the big box stores employ many local people Greg - one of ours is quite nice. Clean with polite and helpful staff: nicer quality of shoppers too! Donna - never make apologies for looking out for your bottom line :) Rich - there is always someone on a soapbox about something! Paula - thanks you your weather
Jul 29, 2012 01:34 AM #24
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Paula - thanks to your weather, we too have fresh fruit all year long. :)
Diana - I can't bring myself to cook a fresh blueberry. I use frozen for baking and fresh for eating!
Kristin - I'm going to continue to believe my blueberries were Canadian! (were, being the operative word!)
Al & Peggy - aren't they the best - almost crunchy in their freshness!
Jul 29, 2012 01:39 AM #25
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I think Walmart is a great business that helps families find things at good prices.  It is a great success story.

Aug 04, 2012 01:39 PM #26
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