My Aisle Wandering ways evolved over the past year. 

Grocery shopping habits change with newborn in tow
Pamela Riemenschneider
Aisle Wandering

First, there was the Aisle Waddling at the end of my pregnancy, then the Aisle-Don’t-Touch-My-Baby hovering of the first few months.

And now, I’m learning the ropes as the pilot of the Land Yacht that is the racecar shopping cart. It’s quite a process to maneuver that thing through carefully stacked displays without taking down some poor merchandiser’s hard work.

Consequently, I’ve decided to change my habits. 

No longer will I regularly hit the 5:30 p.m. rush. I’m just not fast and nimble enough to get through without earning the wrath of angry commuters.

Now that I’ve started going to the store at 7 a.m., it’s a whole new world. The other day, I saw my produce manager wheeling around a laptop on what looked like an emergency crash cart. 

I asked him what it was and he said it was his restocking system. That seems like a much better way of keeping track than takin’ a gander at the wet rack and looking to see how much cilantro is left.

I also bumped into a lady — literally — and scared the heck out of her. She squealed.  Aghast, I apologized profusely.
She said, “Oh, no, it wasn’t you. The cucumbers tumbled a little and you know how you hear about people getting bitten by snakes in these things?”

Huh?

Sure, I’ve heard of critters getting into boxes, but I’m thinking spiders and other creepy-crawlies. Snakes slithering around my parsley are a whole other ballpark!

Speaking of maneuvering around carefully stacked displays, I can’t wait to get a look at the world’s largest banana display planned for Macey’s in Providence, Utah.

Until I had kids, bananas weren’t really on my radar. We’d buy a hand now and then, but most of them got overripe and ended up in banana bread or frozen for smoothies. 

Now I go through two hands a week.

Thank goodness for my privately owned local grocer that sees fit to hold the price at 47 cents a pound, no matter what the market’s doing.

More than 165,000 bananas are planned for the display at Macey's, which should be up by Aug. 26.

What about you? What’s the wackiest thing someone’s said to you in the produce department? Shoot me an e-mail or  drop a line by commenting on this column. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

E-mail pamelar@producemerchandising.com.