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Old 04-21-2017, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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My husband went to the store the other day - $3 for a head of iceberg lettuce!! (This is the Chicago suburbs.)


WHAT HAPPENED?


Just a few weeks ago it was $.99! Did some calamity happen that I'm unaware of?


Are you experiencing the same?
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SFL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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I don't know about lettuce, we are paying the same prices as usual.
My friend in Hawaii told me he walked in the grocery store last week and a loaf of bread was $8.00!
I told him about bread machines.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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There's been a lot of news on this in California. The late rain disrupted a lot of planting schedules and damaged already planted crops. This is going to impact a lot of produce coming out of CA - not just lettuce.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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I have no clue, I don't buy iceberg because it has no nutritional value. The price of other greens like Romaine, butterhead, arugula, red leaf and spinach seems to be the same.
I noticed that avocados and mangos got super expensive.

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Old 04-21-2017, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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There's been a lot of news on this in California. The late rain disrupted a lot of planting schedules and damaged already planted crops. This is going to impact a lot of produce coming out of CA - not just lettuce.
Oh! That makes sense then. Thank you!

elnina, I don't really care about the nutritional value - I buy iceberg to use as a vehicle for the dressing.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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I found an article (strangely enough in the Chicago Trib!) that explains this a bit better. Hopefully things will even out a bit by mid may. The growing areas in CA got walloped this year with higher than normal/later than normal rainfall.

California lettuce shortage hitting Chicago wallets, food banks - Chicago Tribune
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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^^^ So... pretty predictable then. What we pay for it is affected mostly by weather, and gas prices.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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I found an article (strangely enough in the Chicago Trib!) that explains this a bit better. Hopefully things will even out a bit by mid may. The growing areas in CA got walloped this year with higher than normal/later than normal rainfall.

California lettuce shortage hitting Chicago wallets, food banks - Chicago Tribune
And I have a Tribune sitting on my kitchen table. I just haven't read it yet. D'OH!!
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:08 PM
 
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Interesting. I live in California and buy produce from growers at the farmer's market. Neither the supply nor the price of lettuce (or avocados) has changed. A head of lettuce is $1, a nice big avocado is also $1. Today strawberries were down to $5 for three pints. I guess we have plenty for ourselves but not enough for shipping out of the area.

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Old 04-21-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Haven't really noticed, here. My husband is usually the produce shopper, most often getting the three-packs of romaine from Aldi.

He hasn't mentioned anything about price, and he typically would, so I'm guessing it's not moved too much. No idea where Aldi sources their romaine, obviously.
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