Cau­li­flower get­ting heat

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The dis­pas­sion­ate cau­li­flower has be­come the un­for­tu­nate light­ning road for re­cent con­cern over soar­ing food prices — specif­i­cally fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles. Pay­ing $6 to $7 for one cau­li­flower has sent shiv­ers up the spines of ve­gans and sent other shop­pers head­ing for store ex­its. We had al­ready seen re­cent big in­creases in the price of lo­cal beef and pork and now we are get­ting ham­mered else­where.

It’s win­ter and ob­vi­ously most fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles have to be im­ported. The low Cana­dian dol­lar is largely to blame for high prices for im­ported sea­sonal veg­eta­bles like toma­toes, broc­coli, pep­pers, cau­li­flower and corn. Some are grown here in lo­cal green­houses but they are hard-pressed to meet the de­mand.

Grapes, or­anges and other trop­i­cal fruits have also in­creased be­cause of the dol­lar. There are re­ports of weather-re­lated is­sues in the south­ern U.S. and other ar­eas, which haven’t helped mat­ters.

Root veg­eta­bles, such as pota­toes, turnips, car­rots and parsnips, store well and lots should be avail­able lo­cally at reg­u­lar prices.

It all sug­gests that Is­lan­ders should ex­pect boiled din­ners to be­come reg­u­lar fare on sup­per ta­bles.

The high cost of food puts the onus on large su­per­mar­kets to buy more fruits and veg­eta­bles lo­cally and per­haps in­vest in more stor­age ca­pac­ity.

Home gar­dens could also be ex­pand­ing this com­ing spring and sum­mer as Is­lan­ders look for ways to re­duce sky-rock­et­ing food costs.

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