How about the price of pumpkins?
There’s nothing like outrageously high prices to get under people’s skins. Some pumpkins in the supermarkets are nudging $20 a pop and that is after the scary preHalloween price spike.
Bad weather and poor planting conditions have resulting in meagre supplies throughout the country so that the normally economical vegetable is priced between $6 and $7 a kilo in the supermarkets.
We asked our readers on Neighbourly and the Wairarapa News Facebook page what they thought of the $20 pumpkins.
Julian Heyward of Carterton
‘‘There is no competition, supermarkets will charge what they can get away with. After supplying supermarkets with produce, I can tell you that they make a very healthy margin.’’
Susan Street of Carterton
‘‘That’s why I grow my own.’’
Bill Aitchison of Carterton
‘‘Easy to solve this problem. Pumpkins don’t cost you $20 if you don’t buy pumpkins.’’
‘‘No pumpkin or kumara for ages now. Kumara my favourite veg, has
been so expensive for months still bloody expensive.
All fruit and veges are expensive last couple months, we are supposed provide healthy eating for our families, it’s just really tough to do that with all prices they are.’’
‘‘New World had them for around $3 each at the peak of the season (late autumn). If you want cheap pumpkin, you really need to buy
them when they’re in season and then store them.
‘‘I had a good home grown crop last year that just popped up out of the previous owner’s compost. Gave some away and still have 5. When I worked in supermarket price integrity they put a 400 per cent mark up on pumpkin from what it cost them to buy them in. Growing your own veg is the ultimate act of political
subversion - and it’s fun.’’
‘‘It’s actually quite disgusting the prices they try and sell vegetables for.. in the meantime people don’t buy them so they go to waste anyway... I believe they should be priced to sell and if sold out then who cares.. at least families have healthy meals at affordable costs...’’
‘‘Stop exporting so much of our food stocks its making it impossible to have even the staple foods in your cupboards. $18 for potatoes and $20 for pumpkin yet what price is being payed in those countries you exported too?’’
‘‘Just eat what is in season (much cheaper) or grow your own. You don’t need a huge garden to grow veg.’’
Annemarie Mua: Lisa Neill: Sandy Hewitt:
‘‘$6 kg is not that expensive. Yams and kumara are often higher. A lot of people will go to the pub and spend $10 on a red wine without a thought. That same $10 would put over 1 1/2 kg of pumpkin on the table! Here’s another idea, buy it when it’s cheap and store it yourself.’’
Throw a seed in the ground so easy to grow in fact they grow like a weed.’’
‘‘ Michelle Geraldine Maher Carr:
‘‘Even in Australia our food prices in the supermarkets are creeping up but this is bloody outrageous.’’
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Pumpkin pieces were priced at $6.99 a kilo at Countdown Masterton.