• Innocent Fruit Miserable While Spending Their Last Days at the Hoboken A&P

    Disclaimer: This post contains graphic images that may cause you to lose your breakfast or lunch. Just sayin’. Proceed with caution.


    A piece of fruit’s last hurrah should look like this:

    Not this:

    Distressed Apple from the Hoboken A&P

    As you might have read on my twitter, I really do feel that the A&P in Hoboken has become the place produce goes to die. It’s sad, but true. Poor fruit. Besides Sunday Fundays and brunch, one of my Sunday activities is usually food shopping for the week. Even though I wish that there was a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and/or Wegmans in Hoboken, I make do with the grocery stores we have.

    But, there’s one thing that really has been irking me lately. My love of buying fresh produce and turning it into a delicious fruit salad in the summer has been smashed to smithereens by the Hoboken A&P. You might know what I’ve been talking about if you’ve visited it recently. I browsed their produce section last week when I needed to buy some condiments for a barbecue (and was in close proximity to it – which is usually the case, it’s unfortunately…convenient). After being grossed out several times in the past upon entering their produce section, I decided that enough was enough – time to really inspect what the produce is like there…with an iPhone camera.

    Here’s what I found:

    Pruney Plum. That’s not Normal.

    Abused Peach

    Unidentified Sealed Vegetable – Perhaps a Red Onion?

    Disgruntled Cabbage

    Distressed Peppers

    Moldy Avocados

    Battered Mangoes

    Sad & Soggy Strawberries

    And that was just the tip of the iceberg. I won’t even start with the seafood department….

    You probably really want to bite into a piece of fruit right now, huh?


    I don’t normally take on the job of Hoboken Health Department, but in this case I felt like it was kiiind of an emergency. All photos were taken (including the apple above) on the SAME DAY of this week. Meaning that every fruit and vegetable display needed some TLC.

    While there are a few stores with decent produce (Shoprite, the Garden of Eden [now Aspen Market], and Kings), the A&P’s close proximity to the center of Hoboken and parking lot is tough to pass up at times. However, after last week’s visit – I decided I’m steering clear. For the prices that they’re charging, they really should have colorful, happy, and delicious fruit. Instead I feel like I’m witnessing the fruit’s last stop before the compost pile.

    C’mon A&P, get with the program. 

    What has your experience been like with produce shopping in Hoboken?

    And how do you feel about the A&P? I’d love to hear. Feel free to tweet me or email me your (good or bad) produce pics and where they’re from!

    Written by:

    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre + rescue pup Finn, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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