Having Fresh Produce Is Now A Luxury
Getting fresh produce in Australia was never an issue but in recent times, things have changed. The last few years, we've had one of the worst bushfires and floods we have ever experienced and in turn have changed our supply chain drastically. In conjunction to what is happening around the world, the scarcity of fresh produce seems to be here longer than expected. I've noticed our weekly grocery have jumped up at least 20% and the figure continues to increase. This in turns means we probably eat our less as prices from eating out have also increase substantially over the last few months.
Over the weekend, I was at the local shops and although Harris Farm is known to cost a little more premium, I was shocked to see shallots cost $4.50 a bunch. I don't ever recall seeing that price anywhere for a bunch of shallots. I'm kind of lucky to be growing a bit of them in the garden and I can't see myself paying that much for something that is used to garnish or for a subtle taste. I ended up buying a small basket of food which most are on sale which will only last us for 2 days for $28. The basket of food are just the basics like crackers for tea, fruit and some lunch bits. No meat, seafood or any carbs for a more substantial meal.
What is even more ridiculous, we did actually go out to eat over the Easter long weekend and the restaurant we went to sold chicken feet at $1.90 each!! I had to take a picture to show my family how crazy it was to sell a single chicken feet at $1.90. I remember before COVID, you could get a 1kg bag of chicken feet for $2. I guess now not only food is scarce, labour is expensive, rent has gone up, except for our wages which doesn't move quick enough to catch up.
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