You guys, I don’t want to panic you. But you may have to start eating sandwiches for lunch.
Salads are just getting too expensive. A carton of celery has almost tripled in price since February, and romaine lettuce wholesale prices have more than quadrupled, reports Bloomberg.
That’s because California — the state that's usually plagued by drought — has been getting too much rain lately, causing a shortage of crops including lettuce, broccoli and celery.
A warm winter followed by some serious rain (more than four times the 30-year average in some areas) delayed planting in coastal regions of the state — aka the largest fruit and vegetable producers in the country.
So with the crops not ready to be picked, prices of your favorite greens are soaring.
The good news: the higher prices and limited selection shouldn’t last too long, although it could still be a few weeks before things return to normal. It only takes a few months for lettuce to mature, and Salinas Valley (nicknamed the Salad Bowl of the World) grows multiple crops per year.
In the meantime, this is as good an excuse as any to indulge in some carbs.