Dear valued customers – Severe cold weather and frost conditions will cost you more

Valued Customers - Severe cold weather and frost has increased the cost of your fresh veggies and fruit and has made them less attractive.

Valued Customers – Severe cold weather and frost has increased the cost of your fresh veggies and fruit and has made them less attractive.

Hello Veggie and Fruit Shoppers,

Last week when I was shopping at Organic Garage, I had a great chat with Matt the owner.  I was looking for items that he usually carries but for some reason they were not there.  Matt explained to me that severe weather and frost had occurred in California and Florida.  He told that a lot of the crops were damaged and that it was both organic and conventional fresh food that was damaged.

While it seemed to hit the organic sector first, the conventional stores appeared to be hit this week with higher prices and less attractive produce.  The photo above is from FoodBasics which had given a good explanation on why the quality is down and price is up.  I really appreciate that.

As Canada imports a lot of fresh veggies and fruits, the weather damage will leave your wallet a little lighter.

Here are 6 things you can do:

  1. Buy frozen – lots of good items are frozen at the peak of freshness and make for great meals.
  2. Buy items that are stored for use in the winter – squashes, apples, potatoes and onions just to name a few.
  3. Buy greenhouse grown items – tomatoes, some peppers and lettuces – some are from Ontario too!
  4. Make soups – using frozen veggies and organic canned tomatoes
  5. Buy green powders to get your daily green juice intake.
  6. Make sure you use all the veggies and fruits in your fridge – not the time to waste what actually made it to you.

While it is hard for us to pay more, I imagine the farmers who will have less crops but still the same expenses to pay.  Farming is not easy and our changing weather patterns are making it hard for a predictable harvest.

May you cherish the food you have and fully utilize it all with delightful creations.

To doing more with less,

Jo-Ann Blondin, your 9CupChallenge partner

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