Its amazing how many people think the “sell by” date is an end all date when the product is suddenly no good so they throw it away.
The Vegetable farm down the road from me knows I’ll buy lots of things they don’t sell in the stand. I have no problem parking next to their hog pen going through the under ripe and over ripe to find what’s salvageable and tossing the rest to the pigs. If I don’t get it for free they sell it to me at a major discount. This fall I got 8 bushels of tomatoes for canning for the price of one and they gave me 4 bushels of bell peppers. Of those 12 bushels I salvaged all but about 1.
The old woman was griping to her husband (very loudly) about the marks and dents in the tomatoes when I said, "Shame on you. People in the Soviet Union would gladly accept these tomatoes at twice the price".
The old woman actually agreed. This was in the 80's.