How about the price of pump­kins?

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE -

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

Shar­lene Ocon­nell:

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

Caryl For­rest:

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

Vir­ginia Chris­tensen:

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...’’

Anita Smith:

‘‘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.’’

John Masterson:

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.’’


Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or have some­thing to say about your town? Con­tact us: piers.fuller@fair­fax­me­ or PO Box 902, Master­ton. Please use your full name and con­tact num­ber, no anony­mous let­ters will be ac­cepted.


Pump­kin pieces were priced at $6.99 a kilo at Count­down Master­ton.

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