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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:16 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting produce because of California weather issues?

There are signs posted at my local grocery store about this. And another store, Aldi, has been out of fresh spinach and romaine for about two weeks. It really is becoming evident how climate change is going to disrupt the food supply.

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Reply Anyone else having trouble getting produce because of California weather issues? (Original post)
nobodyspecial Jan 2013 OP
freshwest Jan 2013 #1
Jenoch Jan 2013 #2
sadbear Jan 2013 #9
nobodyspecial Jan 2013 #13
catchnrelease Jan 2013 #3
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #4
nobodyspecial Jan 2013 #7
liberal_at_heart Jan 2013 #5
a la izquierda Jan 2013 #10
Le Taz Hot Jan 2013 #6
nobodyspecial Jan 2013 #8
Lesmoderesstupides Jan 2013 #11
Sunlei Jan 2013 #12

Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:28 PM

1. We had a bit of this last year, then it was over with. If they can't get it from CA, they get stuff

from Mexico, Chile, etc. I don't know what region you live in, but we can't grow most of the produce here. It's OR, CA or Mexico or further south. At times we get nice goods from Canada, but they are pretty pricey.

Guess this is why some people thought NAFTA, blah, blah, blah was a good thing. Some areas of the country don't produce the variety people want and never did.

I'm seeing a lot more of the heavier root crops and big leafy greens getting popular - whether it's from demand or easier to grow, can't say.

If you can get anything local, you won't have the selection, but you'll be good. But this has been going on a few years now up here, so I guess we've just been spoiled. IMHO.

I don't like the way it's been arranged, with all that transportation added that's can't be GREEN. Some local farmers say they are being priced out of the local foods, but where I live they label where the food comes from and we can choose local.

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Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:12 AM

2. I saw iceberg lettuce at $1.98 a head in the store today.

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:23 AM

9. $2.49 here.

I said 'WFT?"

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Response to sadbear (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:07 PM

13. Ice berg lettuce has very little nutritional value anyway

Your better bet is dark, leafy greens.

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Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:25 AM

3. Yes

Several weeks ago I got some green beans at Trader Joe's. They are thinner than the 'regular' kind, and they call them haricots verts. (I know, French for green beans ) On Saturday I was there again, and couldn't find them, only the 'regular' ones. When I asked at the check out about it, the woman said that they were having a hard time getting a lot of their produce from Northern Cal due to the weather. This is in SoCal.

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Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:26 AM

4. Personal and community gardens are imperative. Grow food, not lawns. n/t

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:21 AM

7. I have a huge garden.

It also is the middle of winter and we've had subzero temps. And, yes, I can and freeze, but I wanted fresh spinach at an affordable price.

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Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:28 AM

5. broccoli is really expensive right now

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:28 AM

10. No kidding!

I noticed this yesterday in Ohio. Then again, produce is generally expensive here, and is of subpar quality. The local stuff in the spring/summer is great, but non-local produce is awful (avocados in particular).

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Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:55 AM

6. I'm sure you know this

but it's due to the freeze in areas that are not normally subject to freezing temperatures (southern California, Central Coast). California grows an abundance of cold-weather crops but even cold-weather crops have their minimum temperature limits.

Having said that, our local farmers markets (Central California, inland), have lots and lots of winter crops for sale with only slightly elevated prices. OK, I'm going to duck now.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:23 AM

8. I am aware

That is why I brought up climate change. Extreme drought, floods and crazy temps are really going to do a number on our food supply.

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Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:30 AM

11. No not yet but I don't see much from Cali in the stores this time of year either

 

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Response to nobodyspecial (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:47 AM

12. no, spinach and all the lettuces grow easy in winter gardens. your local store needs more suppliers.

takes about 60 days to grow, less with some varieties.

a packet of seeds, pots on your patio. save the plastic gallon milk jugs, they make a wonderfull 'mini greenhouse cover.'

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