Haven't been lurking and posting lately due to the still crippled Search, but for the last two months this has been bugging me:
Why did all onion prices suddenly double and triple recently?
Here in SoCal mediocre brown onions are 99 cents a pound minimum, red and white at least $1.75 per.
A slightly lower price was seen on a slightly moldy bag of browns from New Zealand, of all places!
I thought NAFTA was supposed to enable a more consistent supply </sarcasm>.
I was talking about this the other week to the owner of my local fruit and veg store - I wanted to know when he would get White Onions back in it has been months. anyway he said there was a world wide shortage and proices would likely stay high until later into the summer.
I know he told me why there was shortage, but my memory fails me right now.
Yes! I just bought some regular old yellow onions tonight...sticker shock $1.39/pound at Publix! I read somewhere that food prices overall have gone up and I think it's true...a gallon of milk cost me $3.65 this past week.
re: chez cherie
That's how it always is with produce, the cheaper it is the better the quality. When it's expensive, there's a problem at the source (floods, drought, freeze). Anyway onions and celery were selling for around $50 for 50 lb sacks a few weeks ago but now both $25- 30, so they must be getting more plentiful. Right now it's eggplant, was $50 for 20 lb but now $35. I refuse to buy produce when they hit these prices, although you have to get real creative to cook without onions and celery!!
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Here in OH I was able to get plain small yellow onions for about 89 cents a lb -- a 3lb bag for 2.69USD. I haven't noticed a big jump in onion prices or drop in quality, but there aren't any large onions around anymore -- it's all small onions.