Trader Joe’s produce selection has caught a lot of flak over the years. For one, it’s grossly over packaged, with many items unnecessarily wrapped or boxed. Secondly, many of the items are flown in from all over the world—a locavore’s nightmare. (In fact, Deutsche Welle reports that between 20-25 percent of Trader Joe’s products are imported from overseas.) It’s not all bad, though—as long as you read labels and opt for minimally packaged produce. If you’re picking up items you couldn’t find at the farmers market, the following are usually grown domestically: artichokes, seedless grapes, russet potatoes, gold potatoes, navel oranges, Brussels sprouts on the stalk, Honey Crisp apples, and all of the organic onions.
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