It was inevitable, of course.
We all knew that the stalwart long-lasting lettuce would finally succumb, and succumb it did. The photo above was snapped May 15, the day I realized that the Thanksgiving Romaine was melting into the bottom of my vegetable drawer, plastic joining plastic. This strangely 'plasticized' (genetically altered for longer shelf life?) Romaine didn't last a year after all, but six months is an awfully long time for a head of lettuce to stay relatively crisp and green.
I no longer buy bags of 'stay crisp for weeks [months]' lettuce. Instead, I eat what grows in my back yard, and what grows is far more than I need: glorious bouquets of endive, blooms of ruby red lettuce, and sturdy heads of speckled Romaine. I eat healthy salads every day, greens that I gather and wash right before I eat, salads I dress with lightly with olive oil, vinegar, and joy.