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When Potatoes are $5/lb.

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Over our supper of steak, spud and carrot stew Hubby told me some shocking news. He was visiting a couple in town yesterday. The wife had just been out grocery shopping and was peeling 3 potatoes for supper. She told my man that she had just spent $6 on these potatoes…and look here she exclaimed, one of them was rotten on the inside. Her guy worked it out to $5/ lb. They thought the reason was because of a poorer than normal potatoes harvest. If there just aren’t many potatoes, then soon no amount of money was going to be able to buy them.

in-store-potatoes

In-store spuds

“NO!” I told Hubby. “No mistake?” It was a fact I was told. I considered the 300 pounds of potatoes in my cold room.  300 X $5 =$1500.00.  !!!! I wouldn’t get that unless the store had none though. I have intentions to keep enough for myself and family. I would need to keep some for spring seeding. What would the cost of seed potatoes be this spring if this was the case? Would there be any?

I never thought of potatoes as an expensive delicacy. As I sit here in stupification, I still can’t quite believe how they could be that expensive. Regardless…it resets my goals to try to keep enough food on hand to provide for us, and to try to grow it myself. These things can happen.

Do you know about the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1852? Potatoes were their staple food in Ireland. Most of the poor Irish populace had become totally dependant upon it. When the crop was ruined by a blight, 1 million people starved. Potato Farmers had no money from selling crops either. The government couldn’t afford to feed them, so they encouraged about a million of them to sail bravely for Canada and America and other countries. A lot of poor folk simply perished on the journey. Others didn’t have a cent when they arrived to start a new life. Now that’s hardship like I have never experienced!

 sprouting-red-seed-potatoes

 

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