Visited the downsized Portland Greengrocer yesterday. I was very sad that they made the choice they did (to drop fresh produce and cut their size in half). Once they shut down I immediately missed-
UglyRipe and other high-quality tomatoes, properly-ripe plum tomatoes year-round
Top-quality baby potatoes, both colors, year-round
Excellent garlic and Cippolini
Fresh chanterelles, morels and porcini in season
First-rate greens, mache and herbs
Fresh figs seasonlong
Japanese and white eggplant
I know I can drive around Portland any day, searching other retail outlets until if I'm lucky I can find some of these things, but PGG was -the- resource as far as I was concerned.
The new store has essentially reinvented itself as yet another wine-and-cheez operation. Not only is produce out (excepting for some reason a couple of grapefruit), most of the meat products (sausages, poultry and hams) are gone, as are, Id guess, about 40% of the prepared (canned and bottled) food products. Lots and lots of space devoted to wine, though. Their bakery is still in operation, although from a consumers standpoint it was always a nice extra, not a necessisty with Standard Baking in business down the street (Wonder if theyll still offer the great sandwiches they did in the past...). I didn't think to check what they'd done about their deep and varied selection of grains and pastas.
Im very saddened by all this. It probably cuts down on hassle for the owners and maximizes profit centers, but we didnt need another wine and cheese store. We needed Portland Green Grocer.