Grocery stores gather all the essential food groups in one place without the arduous task of cooking Thanksgiving dinner or building a pyramid. Revel at the height of modern convenience with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of produce and groceries at Spicer Brothers Produce in Oregon City.
Spicer Brothers Produce’s shelves overflow with fresh fruits, veggies, and locally sourced kitchen staples such as bread, milk, and coffee. Delivered daily, crates of recently harvested goods must pass muster against the store’s freshness and quality tests before settling into colorful indoor and outdoor displays or being cast in store productions of The Producers. Crisp zucchini (about $0.79/lb.) keeps its cool under the scrutiny of discerning shoppers, and apples (about $0.49–$1.49/lb.) and oranges (about $0.79/lb.) futilely compare themselves atop ever-bobbing scales. Portland French Bakery’s baguettes (about $3.89) entice eaters with golden crusts and slim physiques, and each gallon of Spring Valley Dairy’s ice-cold milk (about $2.99/gal.) provides a nutritious justification for a detour down the cookie aisle. Throughout the day, friendly shopkeepers dispense free samples for customers unaccustomed to rutabagas or too fond of their doctor to regularly buy apples.
Produce prices may fluctuate based on seasonal availability.
Spicer Brothers Produce
Like most of their produce, Spicer Brothers Produce has roots in the Portland area. Over the course of more than two decades in business, the natural produce store has built relationships with local farmers and companies such as Bob’s Red Mill, Spring Valley Dairy, Sisters Coffee, and Portland French Bakery. These connections allow them to keep track of where that food comes from and how it is produced. Each morning, delivery drivers arrive with fresh supplies of fruit, veggies, and baked goods, and a selection of samples are generally available to showcase the shop’s fresh produce. Alongside apples in an autumnal palette of greens and reds, oranges, tangelos, and tangerines beg to be included in juices and fights about what the difference between a fruit and a vegetable is.