HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >

Dear Mr. Broccoli you'll be missed

Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 10:35 AM

Major sticker-shock today.
I admit to rarely looking at the price of the food I buy it. And I never look at the till-tape or look at the cost of an item when it comes up of the cashiers screen.
Doing a little stir fry tonight. Needed a little broccoli to go with the other veg. I happened to see the broccoli price come up on the screen this time.
In the photo you can see the amount of broccoli.
Not 'organic' BTW. Just plain old.
Cost? $4.91
I'll wait until next year when the local broccoli is available.
Lesson learned.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. v
    Violatp RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 10:41 AM

    Wow! So, it was around $2 a pound? That's really high for non-organic.

    1. alkapal RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 10:56 AM

      the QE is taking its toll. hidden inflation shows up at the grocery store. our bills have gone up a good 30% over the past year or so.

      2 Replies
      1. re: alkapal
        TroyTempest RE: alkapal Dec 11, 2013 02:42 PM


        1. re: TroyTempest
          JayL RE: TroyTempest Dec 11, 2013 03:46 PM

          Quantitative Easing

          Do some research so we don't get into a political conversation here.

      2. BeefeaterRocks RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 11:00 AM

        Oregon coast, broccoli & cauliflower both over $2.00 a lb. I didn't buy any.

        1. juliejulez RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 11:33 AM

          Wow, regular price at my store is 1.49/lb, on sale frequently for 99 cents a pound.

          1 Reply
          1. re: juliejulez
            coll RE: juliejulez Nov 22, 2013 07:06 AM

            If there is some kind of shortage, no matter how slight (due to weather usually, and then the holiday on top of it) I'd give it another week or so and then check back.

          2. k
            kcshigekawa RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 11:46 AM

            when I first read the title, I thought to myself that the James Bond movie producer had died years ago...

            2 Replies
            1. re: kcshigekawa
              Perilagu Khan RE: kcshigekawa Nov 21, 2013 12:09 PM

              Daughter of Broccoli is still one of the producers, by the by.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan
                kcshigekawa RE: Perilagu Khan Nov 21, 2013 01:54 PM

                I didn't know that...don't generally pay as much attention to the credits as I might!

            2. o
              ohmyyum RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 12:01 PM

              $1.99 at TJs for conventional. I always grab the biggest head. Unlike some of their other produce that sucks (moldy berries, bruised bagged apples, rotting sweet potatoes) the broccoli and cauliflower at my store have been consistently good.

              1. Ttrockwood RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 02:07 PM

                As of yesterday my market (with the best produce prices) had it for $2.99/ LB. However, i am in manhattan and everything is stupid expensive.
                Cabbage is a good swap, i love it in stir fries too. And at 89cents/lb in nyc its gotta be cheap for you too....

                1. boogiebaby RE: Puffin3 Nov 21, 2013 04:58 PM

                  Wow! I just bought broccoli day before yesterday from my local ethnic market for $.69/lb.

                  1. WhatsEatingYou RE: Puffin3 Nov 22, 2013 07:00 AM

                    Agree that broccoli is very expensive, especially organic. I have been buying frozen organic broccoli instead.

                    1. c
                      ChervilGeorge RE: Puffin3 Dec 11, 2013 06:41 PM

                      Vegetables have really gone up over the last year. I'm in San Francisco and Safeway had conventional broccoli for $2.99/lb this week. Wow.

                      I seem to remember cauliflower used to be cheap but I've been seeing it at $3.99 per pound, not head, for months now. Every blue moon, I may see it for $2.99 but that's pretty rare.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: ChervilGeorge
                        coll RE: ChervilGeorge Dec 11, 2013 09:19 PM

                        I'm picking up some cauliflower this weekend at my local grocery, it's 97 cents a head. Last week that was the price of broccoli. So check around, there are some good prices out there right now. I'm sure they'll go back up for Christmas and New Years though.

                      2. n
                        nothingswrong RE: Puffin3 Dec 11, 2013 10:09 PM

                        Wow! Hope you enjoyed the stir fry anyway.

                        Reminds me of one time years ago, I'd run into Whole Foods on my way home to grab an avocado and tomato for dinner. Running back through the produce aisle, these red grapes were calling my name so I stuffed them in my basket.

                        I get to checkout and my total is almost $30. I'd already swiped my card before the total came up and it went through immediately. Awesome. The grapes were $26.99 or something. WTF

                        1. l
                          liza219 RE: Puffin3 Dec 11, 2013 10:24 PM

                          I never pay that much...99 cents a bunch here in NY.

                          1. Atomic76 RE: Puffin3 Dec 12, 2013 06:57 PM

                            I got screwed like this on a tiny little head of radicchio recently. I grabbed a head of it that was smaller than a baseball and got to the register and she charged me almost $6 for it!

                            Can you get by with frozen broccoli for now at least?

                            1. fldhkybnva RE: Puffin3 Dec 12, 2013 07:46 PM

                              You might try a local Asian market if there's one nearby, produce is usually super cheap all year round

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: fldhkybnva
                                coll RE: fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 07:05 AM

                                Or Spanish. You might have to rinse off a bit of soil but it's worth it.

                              2. Novelli RE: Puffin3 Dec 13, 2013 12:58 PM

                                That's why I grow my own. Ultra seasonal, ultra local, ultra cheap!

                                3 Replies
                                1. re: Novelli
                                  TroyTempest RE: Novelli Dec 13, 2013 02:14 PM

                                  Good for you.
                                  Nothing i have ever grown has been cheaper than the grocery store.

                                  1. re: TroyTempest
                                    coll RE: TroyTempest Dec 13, 2013 04:32 PM

                                    I know what you mean, I have a garden just for the fun of it mostly.

                                    1. re: coll
                                      TroyTempest RE: coll Dec 16, 2013 07:07 AM

                                      Right. When i used to garden, I think my stuff was tastier than the grocery store, but cheaper, no way.

                                Show Hidden Posts