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Mar 10, 2011 07:23 PM

The Price of: Green Bell Peppers

2 dollars for one bell pepper?
There were none available at the local farm stand and Trader Joes looked like there was an explosion of red bells with only "organic " green available at $1.50 each. They ended up being a bargain after seeing them at my major local supermarket at $1.99 each.
The red and yellow bells were $2.49 each...on sale!
What's going on?
Is this a seasonal thing? Is there everyday produce in your area that is excessively overpriced?

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  1. The uprisings in the Middle East is what is going on, and they are affecting the stock market as well. The price of produce is connected the cost of fuel to deliver it. Do you have a Bottom Dollar store in your neighbor hood? One has recently opened up in my neighborhood and I've stopped going for produce to the other chain supermarkets that have been here for decades.

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    1. re: ChiliDude

      Also consider the recent freezes in Mexico and Texas. A lot of produce has gone up as a result. And, of course, gas prices too. Not only to deliver the product but also to harvest it, too.

      1. re: ChiliDude

        The Bottom Dollar that opened 4 years ago is GONE! Darn it!

      2. WOW, granted I have not shopped for a green pepper in a while as I usually use red. But when I do go to buy peppers I go to my local Asian market or "grocery outlet". Trader Joes is great, but I rarely buy produce from them due to the price.

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        1. re: Atochabsh

          Trader Joes is great, but I rarely buy produce from them due to the price.
          really? their prices on produce are usually better than other supermarkets. it's the *quality* that gives some people pause :)

        2. Do you think that produce grows outside weather issues (safe from them?) or transportation issues or higher costs? Or Environmental or political issues?

          What on the green earth made you think that produce was somehow (and let's not ask by whom) price controlled?

          Produce is seasonal. Very few things are "everyday". If produce appears in the market on a somewhat "everyday" basis; it is because it is being seasonally picked and transported to your fresh from someplace in the world.

          1. don't forget the unusually cold weather in most of the regions that produce green peppers at this time of year -- Florida, Texas, and the rest of the Deep South looked a lot like a Deep Freeze for a lot of the crucial winter vegetable growing period. Peppers won't survive a freeze (or even a frost) the peppers are gone, and the rules of supply and demand kick in.

            1. politics, fuel prices, climate...take your pick.

              the weather angle: