Skip to comments.Been to the supermarket lately?
Posted on 02/14/2011 9:06:08 AM PST by patriotgal1787
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Last night I sent out an email to all on my list about the rising price of food in our supermarkets. It included a post by Director Blue. This morning, as I was hearing Glenn Beck -- in a lead in to a commercial spot for a food storage company -- give out some facts and figures about how much food prices have risen, I was reading the responses to my email. (I've included them at the end of this post).
Friends,Tiffiny wrote: "I was in Walmart and they had this sign posted to say there were manufacturer shortages. Funny... well not so funny."
I went shopping for groceries last Friday -- green peppers were $1.24 each -- at Walmart! No peppers for me this week. Lucky to have onions... Below explains why, and that's not even counting higher prices coming due to increased fuel costs at the pumps -- Andrea
Food Distributor Sysco: Prepare for Food Price Inflation as Freezing Temperatures and/or Global Warming Kill 80-100% of Mexico's Harvest
I forget: is the proper term global warming or climate change? Either way, the following memo from food giant Sysco appears rather dire (PDF).All of our growers have invoked the act of god clause on our contracts (force majuere) due to the following release:
The extreme freezing temperatures hit a very broad section of major growing regions in Mexico, from Hermosillo in the north all the way south to Los Mochis and even south of Culiacan. The early reports are still coming in but most are showing losses of crops in the range of 80 to 100%.
Even shade house product was hit by the extremely cold temps. It will take 7-10 days to have a clearer picture from growers and field supervisors, but these growing regions havent had cold like this in over a half century.
This time of year, Mexico supplies a significant percent of North Americas row crop vegetables such as green beans, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, peppers, asparagus, and round and roma tomatoes.
Florida normally is a major supplier for these items as well but they have already been struck with severe freeze damage in December and January and up until now have had to purchase product out of Mexico to fill their commitments; that is no longer an option.
With the series of weather disasters that have occurred in both of these major growing areas, we will experience immediate volatile prices, expected limited availability, and mediocre quality at best.
This will not only have an immediate impact on supplies, but because of very strong blossom drops, this will also impact supplies 30 60 days from now. Some growers are meeting with their boards right now to determine whether they should immediately re-plant, hoping for a harvest by late-march-to-early-april, or whether they should disc the fields under and wait for another season.
We are doing everything we can with our growers to minimize the effect of this disaster on you. With the unprecedented magnitude of this event we wanted to immediately make you aware of the conditions. We will continue to send out communications as our people on the ground report back to us. We thank you and we appreciate your understanding during this time.
Susan: "I buy local produce from the green markets. So much cheaper AND it keeps the money local with the small biz!!!"
Vic: "Interesting release. I bought a 50lb bag of onions at work (Sam's) on Saturday. They come in 10's or 50's. I noted we were out of 50's but and the price of the ten's had gone up about 25%. I went in the back and an palate had just come in with bags of the 10's in 50lb sacks. So I got a bag of 5 and got the 50lb. price. 20 lbs. for free. Hey who said men weren't frugal shoppers. Our 6 pack of green peppers are still. $5.96. Glad we grow and freeze our own green beans. The victory gardens are going to have to make a comeback this year."
Bob: "Try this: http://www.survivalseedbank.com/"
TMH: "Hey - try $2.50 for a pepper here in Idaho. We got you beat. Not good..."
What is happening in your supermarkets? Are you cutting back and making your food dollars stretch? How?
At the checkout, I chatted with a woman in line who told me she's now making things "from scratch". It's cheaper that way, she said.
How you're coping with rising food prices? . . . . .
We tilled up my garden this weekend to get ready for planting. I fear we are too late for peas, onions and cabbage. But, we will have tomatoes, cucumbers peppers and green beans.
Count this as a promise kept.
Been listening to Beck and stocked the freezer and pantry over the last 4 months. Not food storage company stuff - just kept putting extra regular food in the cart when I shopped. Will still probably buy tomatoes if they are available, but otherwise for fresh stuff will just watch prices and only buy if reasonable.
Something I am watching for is a price drop in meat or poultry. When the price of raising the animals is more than the farmer can get for it, they flood the market. Briefly, the supermarket price dives, i’ll buy then and freeze it.
I’m using my frozen, canned and dehydrated foods, stored from years past...I’m not paying those current prices. And won’t have to for years to come.
And I chuckle, just a little, at those people and the media who ridiculed ‘preppers’ and long term food storage.
Those on foodstamps won’t care about the prices. Those who are working and paying with their hard earned money (who are also paying for others’ foodstamps) do care!
Food prices are going to go up. I was at a lower priced restaurant and there a 60 something couple talking at the next table. They were furious and filled with despair. They said - “we worked all our lives and now it is like the rug is being out from our feet.”
Hope and Change. Get used to it because things are gonna get worse. Obama helped by ALL of TV which ALL support him including Fox.
1) Coupons baby,Coupons
2) When an item is on special, LOAD up
3) Grocery shop on Saturday during lunch when ALL the free samples are available-—that takes care of one meal.
4) Dumpster dive—yes I admitt it.
5) Take a thermos to work and pour in all the leftover coffee at the end of the day... this is my weekend coffee
6) Shower at the gym...save on water and soap
7) Chew each bite of food 20 times...this tricks the body into thinking you’ve eaten more then you actually did
8) Eat 8 small meals as opposed to 3 normal ones—also tricks body
9) Lose the soda...and juice. Water and Coffee ONLY
10) buy less fresh tomatoes and more canned tomatoes...mix together
11) ground frozen turkey is a hell of a lot cheaper than ground beef and has less fat
12) buy in bulk, cook in large quantities and invest in Tupperware
13) get religion and hit the church dinner gatherings....
I was reading something about the people of Okinawa live very long because meat is a smaller portion in their food. The meat in there case is usually fish.
Americans are going to have to make do with a LOT less. Thank the idiots who voted for Obama and ALL of TV which supports Obama plus teh idiots who watch TV.
Cheap, relatively healthful meat.
Don't try to keep cooked turkey more than about a week to 10 days, though.
Our local feed store said they're not selling much feed these days. Farmers are getting rid of their animals because of the price of corn.
A relative sold off all his beef. He decided, for now, to just cut hay unless things change for the corn market.
We've got to stop wasting our food for the sake a of a few fringe voters. Ethanol does nothing for anyone (except increase the politicians campaign funds).
Those prices are for the stupid....Leave it on the shelf...
Thanks for the suggestions. I like a lot of your suggestions. The coffee at the end of the weekend or even the end of the day makes sense.....we spill out a bunch of coffee through the week, BUT it never occurred to me to take the thermos and pour it in it and drink either during the night or morning or even over the weekend. Brilliant! However, I cannot dumpster dive...it is a psychological thing for me.....I just won’t do it even if I am about to die of starvation.
I was at Costco yesterday and noticed veal cutlets at $8.99, when the cheapest I ever see them has been $9.99. I'm guessing that a number of farmers have decided it's cheaper to butcher their calves now than feed them to beef-size.
Remember to use the left over bones for broth. It makes good soups and stews. That's one meal most people toss out.
"Top of the Stove Bread" is cheap, fresh, and perfect for a turkey soup or stew meal. You don't even need an oven.
1.5 cups bread flour
3/4 cup water
about 3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp yeast
Mix in small bowl,cover with damp cloth, let set until next day (about an hour or so before dinner).
Gently remove, and place in small, lightly greased cast iron fry pan. Cook over lowest heat possible about 1/2 hour. If firm enough, gently turn over and cook the other side another one half hour.
This bread is airy, warm, and tastes great.
Dumpster diving is difficult and you must know what to look for.
Even easier, watch the garbage bucket at work.
I see folks throw away bananas because they are a little brown. They are still good.
Someone will bring in donuts on a Friday. They toss the rest away at the end of the day and I dig them out of the garbage and that becomes my week end desert.
So you pay for a gym membership to save on soap and water?
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Once they achieve that goal they start to rebuild in their centralized vision.
We are in the process of being destroyed, ripped down to the ground by Leftist design.
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