Shoppers in parts of Newfoundland are having a difficult time finding certain grocery items, as weather interruptions and ferry delays mean goods can't get to the island.

In some grocery stores, empty meat and produce shelves are a common site this time of year.

Three Marine Atlantic ferries made the crossing late Saturday with much-needed stock for store shelves, but more ice means ferries have been stuck since then.

Darrell Mercer with Marine Atlantic on ice conditions

Darrell Mercer, spokesperson with Marine Atlantic, says exceptional ice conditions on the Atlantic this year mean ferries are unable to cross regularly between North Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, N.L. (CBC)

"The ice conditions and the weather systems that we've been experiencing this winter, particularly this week, have been something we haven't seen in decades," said Darrell Mercer, with Marine Atlantic.

After running low on items like tomatoes and strawberries, the Coleman's Grocery store in Mount Pearl had some of its stock replenished.

However, some other foods are still low.

Store manager Corey Conrad said apart from an attitude change from Mother Nature, there's not much retailers can do but put a positive face on the situation.

'With the conditions that we're experiencing, it's a little difficult to predict simply because they can change at a moment's notice.' - Darrell Mercer, with Marine Atlantic

"We live on an island so we have to deal with shortages, of course, and we do our best to be as positive as we can and keep in stock with what we've got," he said.

"Of course we're going to have a hole or two, but we always maintain a fresh quality attitude and want to put our best foot forward."

Trucks still waiting to cross

Meanwhile, a backlog of around 350 tractor-trailer loads of food are stuck at the ferry terminal in North Sydney, waiting to cross to Port aux Basques.

The exceptional amount of ice seen on the Gulf this year has definitely been a challenge, Mercer said.

"In normal circumstance we can catch up pretty quickly, between 24 and 48 hours," said Mercer.

"But unfortunately, with the conditions that we're experiencing, it's a little difficult to predict simply because they can change at a moment's notice right now."

Current weather forecasts predict low winds, which should allow for more ferries carrying food to get across the Atlantic through the week.