What I couldn't get this week shopping

mrstime

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Location
BC,Canada
We have had many highways closed due to flooding, then an avalance closed one that had opened. Then of course there are problems with supply ships. The stores this week had so many empty shelves. My son and I shop together and hit 4 stores so we got what we wanted inspite of the empty shelves.
 

StarSong

Awkward is my Superpower
@Jules I too check where produce comes from. Trader Joe's still had strawberries from California, likely hot house grown. All other berries were from other countries including blueberries from Peru. I'd rather buy seasonal or at least half way local. When oranges are no longer available by end of summer they come from Australia. I don't buy them either. Tomatoes from Mexico are a no also.

I'm really not noticing that things are out of stock in California. In my area anyway. Some shelves are a little low but if something is out, there is an alternate that works.
I tend to not buy a lot of fruit that's out of season because it's expensive and not always flavorful. Plus something tasty is always in season. Right now I've got a tree full of oranges in the back yard so that's my fruit of choice. Lots of lemons and key limes on our trees, too.

Vegetables are another matter. If they look good I'll buy them. Produce from Latin and South America tends to be pretty good.

California got hammered by the strong rains a couple of weeks ago - possibly why some of our produce is in shorter supply than usual.
 

Jules

Well-known Member
Location
Beautiful BC
I tend to not buy a lot of fruit that's out of season because it's expensive and not always flavorful.
Our growing season is very short so very little of that is in prime season. In the off season we get most of our vegetables and fruit from California & Mexico. Rather than fresh food, it is recommended that we buy frozen or canned as they’re processed immediately and haven’t lost the nutrients.
 

Jules

Well-known Member
Location
Beautiful BC
Went to a $ store and the shelves are quite bare for household items. I wanted some smaller jars to decant spices into. No luck. What they do have has been spread out to make it appear like more. Didn’t check anything else.

We had to go to three stores in two days to find bottles of unflavoured carbonated water.

One store had no dairy or eggs. This is a lot of driving and fiddling to get basics and the roads are in terrible condition with slush & ice.
 

StarSong

Awkward is my Superpower
@Jules, I've been reading up on this. Most current food shortages and empty grocery shelves are blamed on the latest viral spikes. So many employees or their families are sick. Every part of the supply chain is deeply affected.

Last March I saw panic buying at Costco that shocked me to my shoes. Intellectually I knew people were overreacting, but my emotional response was, What do they know that I don't?

Thank heavens stores started limiting purchases. If not, shortages would have been far worse. The experience nevertheless made a lasting impression. Realizing it could happen again with barely a moment's notice, week by week I bought a bit extra of this and that until confident my pantry could feed DH & I for several months.
 
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Aneeda72

Well-known Member
@Jules, I've been reading up on this. Most current food shortages and empty grocery shelves are blamed on the latest viral spikes. So many employees or their families are sick. Every part of the supply chain is deeply affected.

Last March I saw panic buying at Costco that shocked me to my shoes. Intellectually I people were overreacting, but my emotional response was, What do they know that I don't?

Thank heavens stores started limiting purchases. If not, shortages would have been far worse. The experience nevertheless made a lasting impression. Realizing it could happen again with barely a moment's notice, week by week I bought a bit extra of this and that until confident my pantry could feed DH & I for several months.
I unfortunately last March I did not notice the panic buying and ended up with one roll of TP before I did and luckily someone sold me some. So, I got plenty of TP, which is all I worry about. But then I noticed distilled water was being sold out, so will get extra of that as well for Joey, oh and husband.
 

Remy

Senior Member
Location
California, USA
Not sure what's going on with Hanson's Cane Soda. I'm not super health conscious but do try to avoid high fructose corn syrup. Winco Foods has been out and I noticed it low at other places. I hope they don't stop making it. The brand is now owned by Coca Cola, I may find their site and e mail.

Also no Herdez taco sauce. Had to settle for the highly authentic Taco Bell mild sauce. Which I actually do like.
 

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