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Nov 2, 2011 08:33 AM

Price of food increasing?

Yesterday I shopped at my local chain market and noticed that lemons were 89 cents EACH!!
I noticed that the limes were $79 cents EACH!!
Apples were $3 per pound!
This market certainly no Whole Foods nor Wegmans chain (considered upscale), but a regular chain supermarket.

A few weeks ago I tried to buy lemons at Costco and I watched a woman who was purchasing lemons for her restaurant go through every box that was on the pallet and there were no sacks of lemons that did not have mold on some of the lemons.

However a few days later I was able to buy some at another Costco store (Chilean).

At another local store (a chain) I bought limes 8 for $1 - quite a difference between 1 for 79 cents and 12 cents.

Other than peanuts, which will be increasing quite a bit, what else have you noticed that are totally priced out of sight?

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  1. Has nothing to do with being upscale of not but chain grocery produce - when not on sale - is always priced unrealistically high (given the quality). At both the major chains in Chicago (Jewel and Dominick's - Safeway and Albertson's-owned) lemons have been near $1 for a few years. Limes are not much cheaper. We have a produce market near our house where limes are generally 8-10 for $1. A tad smaller, maybe (and really just a tad), but every bit as good in quality.

    1. Yeah, it does seem that the prices of fresh produce have been becoming ridiculous this year.

      The price of limes in particular shot up dramatically just a few months ago.
      They had been 10 for a dollar at several local markets for weeks. Then all of a sudden, the price jumped to about 40 cents each.
      Lemons have been at high prices for more than a year (I think it was the cold weather that damaged lemon trees). Still, the prices of lemons seem to also have risen in the past two to three months.

      I've been watching these prices because I've been making a lot of ceviche this year.

      Incidentally, oranges have also been surprisingly expensive this year.

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      1. re: racer x

        Yes, at the same store, the little, teensy Florida (I think) oranges were "special" priced at $1 each.

        1. re: racer x

          bell peppers used to be 3/$1 or even 5/$1. this year cheapest was 2/$1 and i just got what i thought was a great deal $.69 each. i never did see eggplant on sale this year. if i make it down to seattle asian market prices are better. though i did see a can of abalone, i think it was almost $50!

        2. Green peppers and radishes. We eat several green peppers every week, and they are now a buck apiece. I bought a package at Aldi's (discount grocer) at substantially less, and they weren't very fresh. I threw one away, and used the others for cooking.

          I like radishes now that I'm low carbing it , and I got used to reasonably priced bunches in the spring and summer. I don't buy those anymore. I did buy a pack though, and they have turned out well.

          Cherry tomatoes have gone up too, even though there are more brands to choose from. I have the same observation about apples as you. Instead of 99 cents to $1.29 a lb. they are $2,99 a lb or thereabouts.

          I notice that chicken is more expensive. I've been buying meat or poultry only on special. If there isn't anything on special, I'm not buying.

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          1. re: sueatmo

            I was at Sams Club last week and nearly fell over when I saw a 6 pack of green peppers for $6. Since when? During the summer the "no thanks" box at our CSA drop off always had green peppers that no one wanted.

              1. re: mtoo

                Wow, wish I could send you my green peppers, stll on the vine. I always have way more than I need and just beg friends to take 'em! (Maybe a roadside stand...75 cents each??)

                1. re: pine time

                  I've actually got a bunch. We just pulled our plants. We were overrun with them this summer and so were all of our friends who planted them this year. That's why I found the price so odd. We couldn't give them away this year.

            1. I've been really struck by the higher price of all lamb cuts this last year or so at my preferred supermarket.

              It seems that beef and pork and poultry have not been marked up to anything like the same degree.

              It could just be that too few people buy lamb here (it's almost exotic in the upper midwest), so whoever actually buys that $75 leg of lamb will cover the costs for what the store cannot sell at all? Or is lamb just higher at wholesale now?

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              1. re: Bada Bing

                At least in my area, wholesale prices for lamb have increased astronomically. Several local producers have shut down, and those that are left are charging through the nose. Maybe demand is down, and they feel like they have to grab every dollar they can squeeze out.

                Wholesale meat prices in general have been increasing rapidly. Whenever corn prices and fuel costs jump, beef and pork follow right along. I feel really bad about having to raise prices at my retail location just when people are really needing to save money, but it's been an unfortunate necessity lately.

              2. As for high prices, everything has gone up noticeably over the past couple of years, it seems to me but limes have always bounced around a lot, judging by same-store price variations. I have no idea why! Lemons are slightly volatile, but not like limes where even the "cheap" (10/$1) places sometimes drop to 4 or 5/$1 for no obvious reason like a cold snap or drought that would presumably affect other produce. Scallion prices seem to jump around a lot, too. What's so odd is they seem to jump around a lot more than other produce.