In all my years walking into grocery stores, I can't remember seeing any manner of fruit or vegetable in that "loss-leader" come on spot of honor. Maybe there has been, and I just don't remember it -- but I most certainly don't remember ever seeing this: a bin overloaded with...cabbages.
Cabbages? So "in your face" that if you weren't paying close attention, you'd ram into them, knock the container over and send them sprawling and rolling across the floor. They were nice looking cabbages, I must say, big, leafy, rich green, but still... cabbages. And just 9-cents a pounds. It seems like a fine price. But why on earth would a grocery story try to attract its customers with cabbages??!
And then I realized.
It's March 14. I'm in Chicago. St. Patrick's Day is in three days. Of course, cabbages! They probably sell more cabbages this week than all the rest of the year combined.
As I've mentioned, they take St. Patrick's Day very seriously in Chicago. They always have, but most especially since the first Mayor Daley was in office. That's when they started dying the Chicago River green for the holiday. (The local joke was always, "Are you sure that the Chicago River was dyed green, and that's not just its natural color?" But no, dyed it was.)
St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is almost a spiritual experience. Grocery stores probably sell more cabbages this week than they do all the rest of the year combined. You see more "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" buttons here than there are residents of Dublln.
So, cabbages in the direct front of the grocery store makes perfect sense here, this time of year of all times. I'll have to check with the elves back home to make sure they stock up the refrigerator, as well. Just don't dye the bathtub green.