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Aeshah Ahmed

Green Market Blog

Greenmarkets exist for simple reasons which include, creating an establishment where new yorkers could support local businesses conserving farmland while ensuring fresh produce. Most super markets have an extremely low quality of produce, due to the extreme mass quantities being produced at a time. Some things that are in season currently include many variations of squash, like winter squash and sugar pumpkin. Pears varieties like green asian, golden asian and bartlett pears were present as well. I noticed that there was an abundance of apples and apple based products. For example, apple cider donuts, hot apple cider, apple tarts and types of apples like macoun (a new harvest) and gold rush. Though I’m familiar with these items, I was not aware of the different colors cauliflower came in like purple and orange. How festive for the holidays! Seasonal goods like the cauliflower were higher in price coming at $6 per head. In addition to this I noticed that the ready to eat baked goods and ciders were ranging from $3.50 up to $8 depending on how large the item was. The prices are reasonable considering the ongoing inflation issues going on. Apples prices ranged from $3.30 per pound. In my local supermarket apples go for around $1.99 per pound, which is significantly cheaper, but in comparison the quality ranges are very different then a greenmarket. Overall, if I had the time to visit the greenmarkets near my home I would definitely take advantage of better quality produce. 

Greenmarket Blog, Aeshah Ahmed, November 15th 2023

Greenmarkets exist for simple reasons which include, creating an establishment where New Yorkers could support local businesses conserving farmland while ensuring fresh produce. Most super markets have an extremely low quality of produce, due to the extreme mass quantities being produced at a time. Some things that are in season currently include many variations of squash, like winter squash and sugar pumpkin. Pears varieties like green Asian , golden Asian and bartlett pears were present as well. I noticed that there was an abundance of apples and apple based products. For example, apple cider donuts, hot apple cider, apple tarts and types of apples like Macoun (a new harvest) and gold rush. Though I’m familiar with these items, I was not aware of the different colors cauliflower came in like purple and orange. How festive for the holidays! Seasonal goods like the cauliflower were higher in price coming at $6 per head. In addition to this I noticed that the ready to eat baked goods and ciders were ranging from $3.50 up to $8 depending on how large the item was. The prices are reasonable considering the ongoing inflation issues going on. Apples prices ranged from $3.30 per pound. In my local supermarket apples go for around $1.99 per pound, which is significantly cheaper, but in comparison the quality ranges are very different then a greenmarket. Overall, if I had the time to visit the greenmarkets near my home I would definitely take advantage of better quality produce. 

MEAT BLOG

Aeshah Ahmed

After reading “The Way of All Flesh”, from Harper’s magazine, I truly became even more disgusted by the processing and inspection of beef. Personally, as a member of the Hindu community and religion, I don’t consume beef because cows are seen as sacred animals to us. So reading this article genuinely made me uncomfortable, but within the food and beverage hospitality industry, I have to comply with learning these methods. As it is part of the basic curriculum, I, of course, like anyone else, obtain information outside of my comfort zone. The meat processing industry as a whole is clearly somewhat corrupt, and this article intricately goes through the detailed process of how beef is processed daily in these meat plants. From the procurement of the cattle off of the rough transportation trucks to the inspections and, of course, the gruesome details of slaughtering these cows. Despite the USDA regulations being put into effect, the cattle are up to health standards for human consumption. Issues lie in the fact that this is a male-dominated industry. In the article, we read about Carolina, who is one of the only women working at the meat plant and is constantly “whistled at” while working, which is unprofessional but not surprising. Overall, this article detailed every aspect of what it’s like from a slaughter worker’s perspective on work on a day-to-day basis. Though I am not a vegetarian, I don’t eat beef because of my dietary restrictions. I don’t see myself eating beef in the future, especially after reading this article.

Aeshah Ahmed

After reading “That Dinner Tab Has Soared. Here Are All the Reasons,” my honest reaction was the opposite of shocked. Considering the inflation issues throughout America, eating out in general has become extremely expensive. Personally, going out to eat in New York City is inevitable. It’s always a nice treat, but it’s not something I do often for the exact reason that it’s costly. From the cost of paying staff to buying food for a restaurant, this article comprehensively breaks down these issues. Specifically, the cost of beef and pork, Mr. Moffer of  Good Food on Montford says, has skyrocketed. The reason is simply because of the truck driver shortage for the local companies they buy from. So the high prices aren’t because of issues with the product itself, but with its transportation. This tends to happen a lot in the restaurant industry because they heavily rely on local vendors to ship out fresh meats and produce daily.