If you're lazy and lucky enough to live near the Bryant Park Whole Foods in NYC, you now have access to a Produce Butcher. That's right, an "onsite team member who will cut, slice, dice, julienne, chop, and grate any produce item at a shopper's request" is now an option, according to the recent Whole Foods press release.
The cost to use the services for items by the pound (like apples) is $1 per pound (5 pound maximum), while items sold individually (like a pineapple) cost $1 on top of the price of the fruit, according to Gothamist.
Of course, supermarkets have been offering pre-chopped vegetables at a premium cost for years -- this ensures that you're getting a fresh product cut just the way you like it.
Personally, I find that chopping and preparing my food for the week is a calming time to connect to my food -- even the butternut squashes and artichokes. But, if you're someone who has the extra money and would prefer that someone do the dirty work for you, here you go!
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Imagine bringing a crate of fully chopped and prepped fruits and veggies home for your weekly meals. A dream come true, even if it does come at a cost. Is this paving the way for grocery store versions of Blue Apron meal boxes? Only time will tell.