The cauliflower crisis, crash or even "cauligeddon" — appears to be over, at least in B.C.
After the cost of the cruciferous vegetable shot up dramatically weeks ago, prices have since dropped in many grocery stores.
- Soaring price for trendy cauliflower causes problems for restaurants
- Inflation in Canada ticks up to 1.6% in December on higher food prices
- Fresh vegetable prices rising, with B.C. leading country
Savvy consumers, like Twitter user Gregory Thomas, have taken note and been sharing their triumphant finds of lower-priced cauliflower online.
I'm thinking the high-priced cauliflower crisis has about run its course here. pic.twitter.com/LxwaSp8vel— @gthomasCTF
His comments about the end of the "crisis" are not unfounded.
Kin's Farm Market has been selling 2 heads of cauliflower for $4 since January 22 — a far cry from previous prices hovering around $8 a head.
The company's marketing manager said they attribute the reduced cost to a crop of cauliflower that was recently harvested in California.
"Because of the weather, rain and freezing rain, the harvest took a little longer," said Lia Fletcher referring to California's El Nino-driven weather troubles. "Now it's just the peak season for it and it's being harvested and sold."
Fletcher said she expected the new crop to stabilize cauliflower costs across most grocery stores in B.C. for the next couple of weeks.
"Prices should go up a little bit by mid-February and then after that we have no idea," she said.
However, she warned consumers to not get too comfortable as produce prices are rarely stagnant and fluctuate with the value of the Canadian dollar, weather patterns, crop diseases and demand.
Before prices shift again, here's some cauliflower bargains residents in Metro Vancouver have found and shared on social media.
Hot deal on cauliflower!!! Cambie at Broadway pic.twitter.com/5MHeRy2eof— @ArchivesSarah
Even organic cauliflower was available for under $2
Oh no! The cheap cauliflower crisis reaches SuperValu @ First & Commercial! pic.twitter.com/T5Aj3oFPWT—
Oh no! The cheap cauliflower crisis reaches SuperValu @ First & Commercial! pic.twitter.com/T5Aj3oFPWT— @jakking49