Fried Pickles Take Manhattan (& Queens); Whole Foods UWS Opens with a Protest

The Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner will be turned into a movie. Yung Chang, who directed the 2007 film Up the Yangtze, is adapting the book as part of a program at the Canadian Film Center. [NY Times]

Fried pickles are cropping up on menus around the country. In New York, you can find fancy versions of them at Bobo, Joe Doe, 5 Napkin Burger, and Wilfie & Nell's new sister bar, Sweet Afton, in Astoria. [NY Times]

Apple grower-shippers in New York and Pennsylvania are stepping up their food safety programs. In 2009, all growers must be GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)-compliant, a certification designed by the USDA. [The Packer]

The new Whole Foods store on the Upper West Side has earned mixed reactions. On opening day, about 50 protesters picketed outside the store, enraged by recent anti-health care reform comments made by CEO John Mackey. [NY Times]

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