I'm not the greatest at shooting video. This week Kevin and I were shooting some for the Food Revolution Team, and in our many takes we ended up laughing, vegetables went airborne, and Kevin ate the props when I wasn't looking. I can't show them all to you because they are now in the hands of the Food Revolution Team, but here's a quick out take from the process!
Speaking of vegetables, a few weeks ago when we at motorcycle school I went by the Langley Farm Market to stock up on veggies on our way home. We find a lot of price differences between the city and where we live, but the most noteable is in the produce. Produce is expensive where we live, people.
Last summer in an effort to buy more local, I went to the farmer's market to get my produce and to be honest, I left without buying anything. Why?
Green beans from the farmer's market: $4/lb (height of the harvest season)
From the grocery store, still grown locally: $2/lb (height of harvest season)
Just last week at the grocery store: $3/lb
From Langley Farm market last week; $.69/lb (in MARCH) I don't think they were local. Truthfully, I didn't check.
As I stood in line at the Langley Farm market and the cashier rang me in, I told her about the price differences (apples were $.88/lb, at home almost $2/lb) and her jaw literally dropped. A slight price difference seemed reasonable, but when things are between 2-3 times more expensive, it really makes one wonder. I do try very hard to purchase things that are at least grown in BC or Washington, and I don't mind paying a little more for something that is closer to home. However, while the veggies are still so much more at the farmer's market, I won't be able to afford them. My family eats so much produce that there are times when I have to cross things off my list because I'm going over budget.
Why the wild price fluctuations? One would think that a local grocery store should be able to sell things cheaper, but here on the Sunshine Coast shipping is often cited. With BC Ferries raising fares, I think we are seeing the difference in our food prices. To give you some perspective, when we moved here six years ago the ferry cost around $50 for us to ride from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale with our car. Recently I forgot my Experience card, which offers us discounts, and it cost $90. This week when we went on the ferry we learned that the prices will go up yet AGAIN on April 1st.
Obviously, markets in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver can move a lot more product, and don't have to pay high ferry rates, so their products are much cheaper. I never realized just HOW much cheaper until I got myself in a store to look. It's sad, really. I wonder about the people in my community who can't afford the ferry rides to the city and who likely have to budget greatly just to eat healthy food.
The quandry is two-fold, though because now that we have discovered the ridiculously cheap prices in the city, whenever we visit we load up the car with, you guessed it, fresh produce.
It seems as though the only solution is to have community gardens, so that people can grow their own-which I think I may just have to look into.
What are veggie prices like in your area? Do you buy local, or shop at a Farmer's Market? Grow your own? Let me know in the comments.