Wacky weather leads to wacky vegetable prices
I don’t know about you, but every time I go to the store to buy vegetables, I am constantly surprised by the prices. In the beginning of the year, we were warned of high prices because of shemita and so I prepared accordingly. Since then, the Russian economy collapsed and the weather in Europe became so pleasant for growing vegetables that they stopped importing Israeli produce. Add to that the increased demand for Palestinian produce, and the fruit and vegetable prices dropped through the floor. The farmers were hysterical, leaving food in their fields to rot because they couldn’t earn back the money it cost to harvest the field.
I was quite enjoying my bounty when suddenly before Pesach the prices rose again. Why? No mentioned reason- probably because it was pre-Pesach. Last week, however, the cold weather that caused “the plague of hail” is being blamed for another increase in prices this week. Avocados, for example, are 15 shekels/kg and white grapes are 30 shekels/kg. Now it is “sharav”- let’s see if the prices will drop back down again.
Source: Yisrael HaYom