Lettuce shortage sends prices soaringhttp://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/lettuce-shortage-sends-pric
Salad lovers need to appeal to a higher authority, what with the price of leafy greens soaring, thanks to heavy rains in California this winter.
Even Caesar couldn’t afford the price of these salads: Basic iceberg is $5.99 a head at the Gristedes at 103rd St. and Broadway. Romaine hearts will set you back $7.99.
And things are tough all over. “I wanted to go on a green diet with my turtles, but the price on lettuce is up 300% until summer starts,” lamented one consumer on Twitter.
Businesses are feeling the pinch, like consumers. Just Salad, which lives on lettuce and leafy greens, told the Daily News that "prices have quadrupled in the open market" and called the current situation “the worst crop disruption we've seen in the last 10 years.” Thanks to their contracts, they won’t run out or raise prices, said a spokesman.
“We have noticed a big spike in prices,” said Ann Herpel, general coordinator of the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, where the greens are costing far more in cabbage. “At this time of year, we’re reliant on food coming out of California. The rains have made it either impossible to grow to harvest.”
I wanted to go on a green diet with my turtles, but the price on lettuce is up 300% until summer starts (or it stops raining at farmlands)— DAN (@lilblkrose) April 19, 2017
And the price hikes aren’t only on leafy greens like lettuce, but also on cauliflower and broccoli.
Around the city, sidewalk fruit and vegetable vendors haven’t necessarily been raising prices. They just don’t have lettuce — and haven’t for a week.
Iceberg lettuce costs $6 today on the Upper West Side.(Alan S. Mehl)
Expect more of the same for about the three or four weeks, provided the rains let up.
“If a fast-growing crop like lettuce, these kinds of problems resolve in about four weeks,” said Herpel. “After that, things should loosen up and prices come down.”
Which sets up shoppers for the next environmental crisis: peaches.
A cold snap late in the winter down south hit flowering fruit trees “in a big way,” said Herpel.
“They lost a lot of their crop,” she said.
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