I had an appointment off Somerville Ave, a couple blocks away from a Market Basket. My kid wanted some sweet plantains so I figured we'd swing in to MB and get some.
This Billerica woman was in for a mighty shock. First, there is no swinging into MB. Parking is a chaotic tangle of carts, cars going every which way, people strolling wherever, what a mess! I quickly acclimated to the drive style and shot to the other side of the lot and beat out another car for a spot. We walked in the store and headed for the produce aisle. What fun! Sugar cane, yuca root, pile sof plantains both green and yellow, lemongrass, and many oddly formed and colored produce I had never seen before. The melons were actually ripe, the greens fresh and with a snap to the leaves. The only rotting produce I saw was in the organic produce section.
Massive bags of rice blocking one aisle, A huge bag of still hot corn tortillas for $1.19. Nicely cleaned and fresh squid. We kept looking and discovering and exclaiming. There were five people working behind the deli counter. I actually got waited on immediately!
It was so crowded with no one seeming to pay attention to the people behind them as they held upl traffic to peruse the grapes or what-have-you. All the different ethnic groups and languages and dress -- much more interesting than shopping in Billerica.
Half of the aisles were taken up with stock. That drove me crazy. Loved so much of the rest of it, though. The produce aisles were a dream come true with great prices.