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During your recent trip to the the produce department at your local grocery store, did you notice that the price of fresh veggies has gone through the roof? Us too. And there’s a reason for it.

Due to the weak Canadian dollar, veggie prices have risen by nearly 12 per cent in our country this year. Since it costs grocers more money to import produce from abroad, us common folk have to spend more to buy it. And we import about 80 per cent of our veggies!

In addition to our dipping dollar, droughts in California and the U.S. Midwest along with widespread climate change have continued to jack up the price of the veggies we import due to shrinking crop sizes. A smaller supply means a higher cost to import.

The price increase is especially evident with tomatoes, lettuce and celery in British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick — provinces that are heavily reliant on importing produce.

So how can you avoid overspending on veggies without completely cutting them out of your diet? The trick is cautious buying.

It’s wise (and prudent) to set a benchmark price for the veggies you enjoy and not exceed that amount. Try not to buy all of your veggies from one particular store. Pay attention to the specials offered at various grocers every week and try get the best value for your dollar. Due to constantly changing contract negotiations between grocers and veggie supplies, prices are constantly fluctuating in every store.

So remember. Always keep your eye on flyers and weekly specials at your favourite grocery stores to find the best deal on your vegetables. We’re “root”ing for you!

For more info on the state of veggie prices in Canada, check out the video, above.