Meeting consumer demands

In grandpa’s time, the only two things that concerned the consumer were: Was it available? Could you afford it? In the 1950s many foods were only available when they were in season such as tangerines at Christmas, grapefruit in January, strawberries in early summer, rhubarb in spring, etc.. The only person that I knew with diabetes was my cousin who got an insulin injection every morning. None of my neighbours knew if they were intolerant to shellfish because they couldn’t afford to buy them. None of my schoolmates were allergic to dairy products, peanuts or anything else that I can think of. The first crop of brussel sprouts that my mom planted in our garden was pulled up by my dad and fed to the hens because dad thought that some disease got into those cabbages and they didn’t grow right. I didn’t like sprouts anyways unless there was lots of melted cheese on them.

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