I was at a local farmer's market recently I figured I'd get me one of those beautiful looking early season zucchinis a vendor had on their table. I marched over with a dollar in my hands thinking that maybe the price for the smallish zucch would be maybe $0.75.... or maybe even $1... but that would be pushing it. I can get zucchinis from my Amish neighbor for $0.25 during the season. Heaven knows I am the only person in the mid-west who can't grow their own damn zucchinis.
"How much on the zucchini"" I asked already holding out my dollar.
"$1.50" She replied.
I stood there stupefied. One DOLLAR and fifty cents? For one small zucchini? I was so stunned I actually paid it and then skulked away.... ashamed at being hornswoggled. Usually I'm a pretty good negotiator but this caught me so off guard I couldn't even defend myself from such piracy.
I took it home and cooked it up for dinner. I have to admit that having the first real, fresh veg of the season was pretty good. But I was still mad. So I took action.
Later that week I went on down to local produce auction. I shoved other people out of the way so I could be in the front row. I stood defiantly near a peck box of zucchs. When the bidding started no one would match my aggressive buying.
"Sold!" Called the auctioneer. "What's your number honey?"
"298!" I said, "I'll take two boxes!" And then I marched off, victoriously, to the office to pay for my purchases.
This is what I got for $6. Six whole dollars - why it's more zucchini than any one person could eat...
Two glorious peck baskets of farm fresh zucchini. $6 total. Not each, total.
Based on the artisanal pricing at the market my $6 would have only gotten me four of these little beauties. Four.
Who is laughing now, Zucchini Pirate Lady? Who? ME! That's who.
So now we've been having zucchini, in many different iterations, every night for dinner. And lunch. And even breakfast also. All my friends are getting zucchinis just because... it's a thoughtful gift. Pretty sure we are set on zucchinis now for a while.
From now on I'm going to stick with farmstands and the produce auction.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Did you ever revenge buy a bunch of zucchinis to get back at an unscrupulous produce purveyor?