Small Town Texas Organic Panic

Our long, speedy journey east to Texas wasn’t easy, but I’ll let Jim tell you about the mechanical details later. I’m just glad it finally ended at Kerrville-Schreiner Park Park, one of the nicest spots we’ve ever stayed in as far as organized campgrounds go.

Sunrise on my run at Kerrville-Schreiner Park Park in Texas.

With miles of hiking trails, a multi-use path going into town and perched high enough above the Guadalupe River that we are in no danger of another flash flood evacuation, it’s been an ideal place to knock off miles for our marathon training on the road. Thanks for the tip to stay here, Larry!

But this sweet spot isn’t what I want to talk about today. Nope. I’d rather tell you about one of the pitfalls of trying to eat healthy in small town America.

Small Town Organic Produce Warning Tip for RVers

When we stay in a health-conscious place like Southern California for so long, I tend to forget that organic produce isn’t exactly the default choice of American consumers. And last week I realized that I still haven’t learned my lesson about buying organic produce in the rest of the country.

green bags
Keep veggies fresh in green bags!

During last week’s first Texas grocery shopping trip, I took it for granted that two lovely bags of chopped organic kale at HEB wouldn’t disappoint. After all, we’re just over an hour northwest of big city San Antonio. So I went for it, paying twice as much money over the conventional bag. When we returned home, I gently placed the kale into a Debbie Meyer Produce Storage Bag to preserve freshness, and forgot about it for a couple days. 

Later when I took it out for a meal, this is what I saw. 

Texas organic panic kale
Slimy kale makes me sad.

Ick! Green, slimy, stinky kale. This almost never happens now that I use the Green Bags (yes, they live up to the reviews). So obviously, this kale wasn’t quite so fresh. I was madder ‘n a mud dauber and had to toss out about half of the two bags I spent good money on. 

I never should have fallen for it. For one, it was bagged produce, which is impossible to thoroughly inspect. And second, we are in Kerrville, which is a nice enough place but not a thriving metropolis. You’d think after all these years of shopping in small towns, I would have known better.

Texas organic panic kale
I tossed half, and chopped the rest for an organic kale salad.

So this is my tip, RVers: be cautious when buying organic produce in a small town. Don’t fall for it just because you see that USDA organic label. You just don’t know how long it’s been sitting on the shelf. And in a small cowboy town where most people still think kale is only for salad bars, the odds are good that’s it’s been sitting for a long, long time.


6 thoughts on “Small Town Texas Organic Panic”

  1. Be careful about the bags. I have used them several times for fresh produce and imho they didn’t hold up. Two cool things i have learned that are a little out of the ordinary but work. Chop the bottom off fresh celery, clean it well and pat it dry, then of all things wrap it in foil. A nice tight wrap will more than double it’s lifespan.
    For lettuce, when you put it in the bag (green or other) fold up a paper towel into a square and place it in the bag. I don’t know if that will work for kale but it works for lettuce!

    • Great tips Jackie, thank you! I haven’t had a bad experience yet with Green Bags but I’ll keep an eye out for any weirdness. I did notice they don’t work well with mushrooms or avocados.

  2. Aldi and their organic produce is showing up in more small towns, it seems. Not sure about in the South, however. Good luck with your healthy eating and the marathon training!


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