Weather?s ?lettuce? down
By Jennie Dell and Emma Pearson
DEB Evans, of Lismore, has begun growing her own organic produce.
She's put off by recent steep price rises in fruit and vegetables at supermarkets." The price of one lettuce in the shops is the same as a whole packet of lettuce seeds," Ms Evans said.
Iceberg lettuces currently go for between $3 and $3.70 in local shops.
John Menin, of Menin's Foodworks in Leycester Street, Lismore, said recent rain in Victoria and the continuing drought in Queensland have had a negative effect.
Local retailers agree the weather made for poor growing conditions and higher prices for leafy greens, such as lettuce, cabbage and broccoli.
Dario Vescovi, of Pershouse, a fruit and vegetable agency in Brisbane, said yesterday the cold weather in Stanthorpe was preventing lettuce from developing a good 'heart'.
"Lettuce from the Hay area of NSW is currently the best choice, but growers will ask for more money for choice goods, causing higher prices," Mr Vescovi said.
Despite growing her own, Ms Evans, like most consumers, still has to go to the supermarket or corner store for most of her fresh produce.