Don’t panic, but we’re having a vegetable crisis.
Just as everyone is in the midst of their healthy eating, green juicing, new-year-new-me phase – I’m afraid we’re having a vegetable shortage.
Supermarkets are having to ration after extreme weather in Spain and Italy has drastically affected supplies, sadly leaving many of our shelves empty.
The rule is, 3 lettuces per customer. You can’t go over 3.
The Twittersphere cannot believe it.
How come as soon as I decide to eat healthier there’s a fucking vegetable shortage
— em (@oceandxst) February 2, 2017
— Parveen Agnihotri (@Parveen_Comms) February 3, 2017
— Danilo (@danilo1876) February 3, 2017
Who buys 3 lettuces anyway?#vegetableshortage
— Lewis Richardson (@lewcrich) February 3, 2017
— rosespls (@roseplc) February 3, 2017
so they are rationing vegetables but not chocolate. Have I died and gone to heaven 🙂 #vegetableshortage
— Stuart B Jennings (@Stuart1642) February 3, 2017
— Emma LeRoux (@ELeRoux14) February 3, 2017
— Victoria Vets LTD (@VictoriaVets_) February 3, 2017
The effects of shortages are particularly hitting us in Britain as we import an estimated 50% of our vegetables and 90% of our fruit.
Lettuce turn that frown upside down. Why don’t we take this opportunity to support our farmers markets?
Eat seasonal, eat local.
Here’s a handy list of some the best markets to buy local produce from.
- Tottenham Green Market, London
- Alexandra Palace Farmers’ Market, London
- Marylebone Farmers Market, London
- Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market, London
- Heskin Farmers’ Market in Lancashire
- Brixton Farmer’s Market, London
- Moseley Farmers’ Market, Birmingham
- Teme Valley Market, Worcestershire
- Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
- Winchester Farmers’ Market, Hampshire
- The Goods Shed, Canterbury
- Wye Farmers’ Market, Kent
If the vegetable shortage has hit you particularly hard, please let us know in the comments below. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved.