By Katy Killilea
Do you eat exclusively organic food? Have you been thinking and reading about eating only foods originating within a hundred-mile radius of your home? This is not about that. This is about getting beautiful produce for less money in these last few weeks before our farmers’ markets and CSA shares get into full swing. I’m talking about Price Rite.
I had never been to a Price Rite until this spring, when I was stranded at a Monster Mini Golf birthday party and needed to get some oranges. (The Price Rite in Seekonk is adjacent to Monster Mini Golf.) My expectations were low. I thought it would be dirty, and that I’d have to hunt through a heap of squalid oranges to find a few edible ones.
As usual, I was wrong. The produce at Price Rite is beautiful! The broccoli rabe stands at attention (not whimpering and weary like the rabe at my Shaw’s); the cauliflower is free of those icky gray spots; and there are heaps and heaps of melons, bright bell peppers, and hot peppers, more varieties than I could name. And everything costs less than at a Shaw’s or Stop & Shop.
The produce is what attracts me to Price Rite, but there are other good bargains: pints of Italian Ice for $1.49 (“also perfect for blender drinks”) that are free of high fructose corn syrup–just fruit, sugar, and coldness. There is a large area filled with yummy Portuguese baked goods made in Fall River. A living encyclopedia of dry chiles, an imported Italian foods section, tons of cheeses (not an artisinal one in the lot!) and meats, Spongebob yogurt, and juice boxes galore (Juicy Juice, $1.99 for eight).
The food at Price Rite has not been edited for foodies. They offer those hard, pale tomatoes some people buy and lemon juice that comes in the fake plastic lemon. There is instant coffee and Yogos all over the place. There is not much organic stuff, and what there is, is incidental. The mangoes I bought ($.89) were organic, but there was no sign bragging about it.
If you go, bring a quarter–you’ll need it to release a cart from the cart jail outside the entrance to the store. I couldn’t figure it out, lost my last quarter to the lock system, and just as I began to despair, a kind woman gave me her cart, and wouldn’t accept my dimes and three nickels in exchange. The camaraderie among customers at Price Rite is yet another reason to go.
Price Rite (store locator) – All Stores Open: Mon-Sat 8am – 9pm, Sun 8am – 6pm
– Cranston – 1415 Elmwood Ave., Cranston, RI 02910
– Pawtucket – 465 Lonsdale Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860
– Providence – 325 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02940
– Warwick – 945 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI 02886
– Woonsocket – 2000 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895
– Seekonk, MA – 140 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk, MA 02771
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Photo Credit: Katy Killilea