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Celery, Price Gouging and Celery

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The cost of celery and other produce items have skyrocketed since Trumps Tariff war with China. Still, much of the increase in cost can be directly attributed to price gouging. Price gouging or over pricing of goods is something a majority of retailers typically do in times like these. The reason is they know that they can get away with it, by blaming it on tariffs. This is unfortunate, because by doing this they are actually stealing from the consumer, some of whom are struggling to pay for baby formula  as well as  keeping a roof over their heads.

Celery is a vegetable that is very good for your health. It contains, calcium, iron vitamins A and C,  and Folic Acid. It also contains a small amount of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, some sugar,  traces of vitamin E,  lots of vitamin K and  salt,  So when seasoning with Celery you can cut back on the amount of salt for your recipe.  Celery also has a very low glycemic load, so if you are a diabetic you don't have to worry about eating it. Indeed, health enthusiasts  often use Celery as a snack food. 

 Celery can me eaten raw or cooked, and it is one of the few foods that you can eat and benefit from a lot of nutrients without gaining weight. As a result, health and diet conscious people gobble it up in spades. I cannot find Celery at places like Trader Joe's.  They claim they get in a small amounts in the mornings and before the after noon its gone. As a result, I recently went there in the morning. I guess I should start camping out there LOL!  I have not been able to find Celery there it there in over a month.  
I recently paid $3.99 twice at the local grocery store for a medium bunch of celery.  I say medium because I have noticed that the bunch have become measly while the cost has been ever increasing. I was in that same store the other day and I picked up a bunch expecting it to be the same over priced $3.99. However, a very thoughtful store clerk asked me if I knew that the celery was $4.99, and I said I didn't know that, and that I  had bought a bunch last week (during the week of May 5, 2019) for $3.99. Needless to say I put 'that there'  celery back where I took it from. I can only tolerate so much. This was now the week of May 12, 2019  and the price had gone up by 25%.

It is my understanding that some of the Celery we consume is imported from places like Australia, South America and South Africa. However, most of it is grown here. Places like Alaska can produce it, and California is the leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables. So I do not know how the tariffs affect the  Celery we grow here.

 Celery is not the only priced gouged  produce for which I am clocking the the rising  in prices.  The price gouging of celery is the one that annoys me the most, because I use it in all my recipes. In the mean time, I will continue to look for stores that are more accommodating on the price of Celery. I will say this though, when you find a supermarket that charges less,  you literally get about 4 to 5 stalks. LOL.  Still its not a laughing matter. it infuriates me. Where is the Consumer protection Board? Who is overseeing these atrocious price gouging  that could eventually lead to more people knocking  on the doors of the homeless shelters. 

Meanwhile the man who is responsible for wreaking havoc on peoples financial well being and spirituality, who has absolutely no business acumen, who has the vocabulary of a 5 year, speaks like a 5 year old, is restless like a 5 year old, is tastelessly nasty and  belligerent because he doesn't have the verbal skills to express himself, Still sits in the White  pounding his chest and screaming.. 'I am the president and I want to be an autocrat!  You can't make this stuff up!

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