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    • I went shopping today to Costco and Whole Foods. After many weeks of no toilet paper, they had stacks of it in two varieties on a Friday at noon! I didn't need any toilet paper, but it was amusing to see such a rare item fully stocked.

      After shopping at Costco, I needed a few more items that only Whole Foods carries. Cilantro, green cabbage and green onions are probably too small for Costco to bother selling. While roaming the aisles at Whole Foods, I stumbled upon a toilet paper section. This is the single last roll of toilet paper tucked away on the opposite shelf.

    • Toilet paper in two different varieties and paper towels at Costco on the same day. I think my Costco membership is worth it!

    • It's interesting to see the difference.

      The Whole Foods in my town is a pretty small footprint store. No paper goods in stock today. Whole Foods is my go-to store for fresh fruits and vegetables so I need to go there once a week. Even that is hard since my non-coronavirus habit had me stopping there any time I needed fresh produce. I didn't buy as much then as I do now (to help space out my visits).

      I went to Stop & Shop yesterday and they did have toilet paper. It was only one brand but that's the first time I've seen toilet paper there in weeks. Of course I've been trying to go there only once every two weeks so I suppose there could have been stock in between my visits.

    • I noticed this as well!

      Whole Foods and Publix are still out of most paper products and other basic staples such as rice and flour.

      Trader Joe's seemed to be stocked normally.

      Our COSTCO also seems to be back to normal supply levels as well. However, seafood is still not available.

      No doubt, different supply chains.

      I wonder if WF stores are having inventory issues because Amazon is pulling product out of the warehouse for immediate home delivery?

      When the pandemic first started creeping into the USA, I thought our "just in time" inventory supply chain would falter fairly quickly. Other than TP and a few other products, the supply network has held up fairly well all things considered. And distributors can't account for hoarders, they'd go broke holding excessive inventory.

    • Just read this morning...

      CEO of Tyson Foods predicts shortages for poultry, beef and pork in the near future due to interruptions in supply from farmers/ranchers and processing plants closures. Processing plants have been forced to close due to employee COVID-19 illnesses.

    • Bill, we know of local hog farmers who have given away their hogs to neighbors because of the processing plant closures. The neighbors then bring the hogs to a local butcher for meat.

      I’m wondering if @Chris will start to see an increase in meat for sale at his farmers market: are we in danger of creating our own “wet markets?”

    • I think (not sure), the FDA regulates how raw meat is sold. As such, it may be against regs to sell at a Farmer's Market unless certain conditions are met.

      We have a farm to table farmer who butchers his cows and can only sell product at the farm. He can not transport to and sell raw meat at the local farmer's market.

      We go in with several other families and purchase a butchered Holy City Hog once a quarter. Pigs are heritage breeds. Charleston SC is know as the Holy City due to a church on nearly every block "South of Broad" (Street). BBQ from a Holy City Hog is somewhat of a religious experience.

    • Interesting, that may be the case for the large industry delivering to the big stores. I stopped buying meat from supermarket few years ago when I discovered a locally owned butcher shop. The meat they sell is orders of magnitude better / tastier, for around same prices. Their prime meat cuts are always delicious, and also used to offer (before this pandemic) occasionally delicacies not to be found elsewhere around here, such as Snake River prime Wagyu. The bacon is to die for, I throw away supermarket purchased one. These days they constantly have a line outside social distancing, and even though not cheap, I spend plenty of my money there with pleasure. I also see plenty NC cows grazing happily during my rides, so am not fearing shortage just yet!

    • Agreed. We don't eat much meat to begin with so we always opt for heritage breed cuts of beef and pork. What meat we do eat is never the main dish, just an accompaniment to a salad or stew.

      I don't think the pasture (farm) side of the supply chain will be the problem for beef/pork/chicken. It's going to be closed processing plants that will cause the shortages at the big box grocery stores.

      NC chicken and turkey farmers have been destroying stock since it can't be processed. Smithfield has closed many of their plants.

      Fortunately, we have enough fish, shrimp and oysters out the back door to last for quite a while.

      And 6 family farms selling veggies within 5 miles.

    • trying proper bbq when lockdown is over is on my bucket list.

      Watching diners, drive ins and dives, some of the bbq places look amazing !

    • It's truly a tradition around South USA, as well as other midWestern states. I have learned about it only after migrating down from the Yankee land. hehehee..

      Some of the true locals might share even better information and stories on it.

    • Redneck BBQ brisket looks really good!

      Living in NC for 32 years, I never acquired the taste for NC vinegar based BBQ.

      I'm more into mustard based (SC) or North FLA/south ALA style BBQ pits.

      And I really enjoy Texas BBQ when passing through. But often tempted to hit In-N-Out for a Double Double when passing through Dallas since that's the closest location to SC! The only fast food burger I will eat PERIOD.