Frankly, I used to think so, too. For the past several years I have been buying the fresh squeezed Florida orange juice in the refrigerator case of my Franprix supermarket. And then I discovered that the Brazil orange juice in glass bottles at Dia tasted better.
I was trying to find somewhere to put this in the cooking section, rather than under Petty Personal Traumas. I suppose this falls under "Pay Attention Stupid" because that's what I said to myself a little while ago when I dropped one of my large, individual salad bowls on my tile floor, rather than gently placing the bowl in the sink. I didn't realize it had olive oil on the edge, and wasn't really paying attention as I casually tried to move the bowl. Big mistake. Besides the large chunks of red pottery that were fairly easy to pick up, I now have a zillion little tiny shards spread all across the kitchen floor.
My kitchen china is fairly cheap stuff, in bright colors, purchased from Target many years ago. Unfortunately they don't carry the brand anymore and I'm running out of bowls.
I suppose I won't be walking into the kitchen barefoot for awhile.
I rarely buy cherries; I'm very happy when I can find local or at least Ontario ones, but the lovely cherry crop from the Pacific Northwest is overpriced and not worth it here. It is odd to import oranges from other continents to Florida, non?
Brazil is such a huge country that it must have several different climate and growing zones.
We are of course one of the best places on earth for blueberries (probably regions of Québec, New Brunswick and Maine) but the tiny wild ones that are the absolute best in terms of taste, nutrition and lack of chemical additives are never exactly cheap. I've picked them at bogs in Lac St-Jean.
Htmb, my dishes are Johnson Bros. Athena, which was sold, and went on sale regularly, for decades in Canada: www.replacements.com/webquote/JB_ATH.htm As you can see it is very plain and classic; much to my taste. I never even imagined it going out of production. Fortunately I've been able to find replacements for plates and such that are chipped (I use the so-called salad or luncheon plates more than my dinner plates; deliberate downsizing).
I can replace a lot of things with plain white porcelain, but nice examples at reasonable prices are getting hard to find (and I look at bazaars and charity shops more than new places, with a lot of success).
My Gord, look at the price for the "mini round covered butter". I actually had that at one point; don't know if I broke it or gave it away. It either came with other things I bought, used or new, or I paid a dollar or so for it at a bazaar.