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We have used up the last good potatoes that we stored in the Cold Room from the 2010 harvest. We do still have some down there, but they have all sprouted now and so we will use the excess for more garden planting.
Eating our own home grown potatoes from July of 2010 until almost the end of May 2011 is pretty good, I would think. Now however we are out and if we wanted to eat potatoes, I would have to buy some.
So I did – I picked up a bag of potatoes a few days ago at the local grocery store.
Here they are, they look really good and I figured I had about 4 pounds picked out. When I went to pay, I learned I had 5 pounds, not 4. That was fine, but when the clerk rang them through, you know what I paid for 5 pounds of potatoes?
$7.00! I was surprised! Even though I do try to keep an eye on produce costs ( we rarely have to buy any produce, because we grow our own), I was quite stunned. So stunned, that the fellow in line behind me piped up with “Amazing, isn’t it? The price of potatoes”
I told him that we grow almost all of our own food and that I hadn’t had to buy any potatoes since last April or so.
Well, we wanted potatoes so I went ahead and bought them. You can bet we will make these potatoes last as long as possible. I guess we will be eating more rice and noodles – wait, the price for those have gone way up too!
About a week ago, I wrote about the high cost of groceries.. I just don’t understand how people, especially with children still at home, can make ends meet without planting their own vegetable gardens. Where the heck does all the extra money come from to pay for these increased food costs?
Prices are going up folks, and they will continue to climb higher. The natural weather problems (flooding, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes) will result in scarcer food supplies which in turn will equal higher prices. Put a garden in this year, do it for your family!
If potatoes cost me $7.00 for 5 pounds Now, I can only imagine how much they will cost in a month or next Winter. I do worry about Hyperinflation, do you? How many of you are planting a garden this year? Please leave me a comment and let me know if you will put one in or not.