[gardeners] Re:potato prices

Penny Nielsen (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 13:13:26 -0400

Depends very much on the type of potato.  DH likes Yukon Gold and because last year's harvest was way down, I had to pay $2.99 for a 5 lb bag.  I usually pay that for a 10 lb bag.  Last time I bought a 50 lb. bag of regular taters it cost be about $5 or $6. They're prouting so have to throw the rest away.  Few years back potato farmers loaded up their trucks and came into town to give away their potatoes in protest for the low prices they were being paid for them.

This past fall turkey farmers were talking about going out of business cause it cost them more to raise them than they were getting paid by the processors.  Price to the consumer was no less than before tho so someone sure is making a killing.  Same goes for gas prices here.  Price of gasoline has dropped a lot within the last year, but we haven't seen any drop in prices.  As a matter of fact, last summer they put the price up because for a very very short period, I believe, the price of a barrel of oil went up a bit slightly.  When it went back down, the prices at the pump remained the same.  I believe there should be govt. intervention to force these companies to lower their prices instead of ripping off the consumers.  Not enough competition in smaller cities and in rural communities.  Same goes for credit card companies and banks in Canada.

Off the band wagon.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Zone 5/6a

>>> bsk <bsk@brightok.net> 02/24/99 04:10PM >>>
    I just bought a 15 pound badg of white potatoes for 1.99 at Homeland in
central Oklahoma.


 margaret lauterbach wrote:

> > What are potato prices like in your supermarkets?