The picture above is a shot of a grocery store’s produce section in 2018. Sadly, that is not what many grocery stores look like now, thanks to pandemic supply shortages. Fortunately, I have three places within a couple miles of home to buy food for the family.
This morning I headed out to get a week’s worth of food at our main grocery-store. Of the items on my list, these items were either too expensive to buy or they were totally out:
– Apples. There were a few sad-looking bags, ranging in price from $4 – $7 a bag.
Just last year I used to buy apples for $2 in the fall when there were tons of them in season.
– Ground beef. Prices ranged from $5 – $8 a pound, as compared to $1.99 a pound just last year. Their frozen beef patties were also too expensive.
– Frozen beef chimichangas. They are probably the cheapest way to get a little beef, as they run about $1 for each chimichanga. The store was totally out.
– Gorton’s frozen breaded fish fillets. For the second week in a row, the store had not a single bag of them, only the less desirable greasy ones, which I passed on.
– Egg noodles. There was not a single bag of them! My husband suggested that since they are dried, perhaps hoarders are snatching them up for their one-year supplies of food.
On the plus side, our main grocery-store was selling chicken thighs for $1.29 a pound, so I grabbed two family packages. They also had Cracklin’ Oat Bran in stock in the breakfast aisle, which is hard to find.
After paying for my partial shopping trip, I drove down the street to my second store. There I found:
– Apples for $4 a bag. They didn’t have a lot, but they looked decent, so I grabbed two bags.
– 5 beef chimichangas. I bought them all.
– A box of frozen ground beef patties that averaged $2.49 a pound.
– Gorton’s fish fillets, although they didn’t have much.
– Egg noodles in medium or wide width.
Shortages will probably be with us for awhile, and we may have to just live with not having some items, or doing two-store grocery-shopping.