In my grocery store (in NJ), scallions used to be something like 69 cents a bunch for six to eight scallions about the thickness of my thumb with long green shoots. Now they’re $1 a bunch, and the scallions are the thickness of a pencil, with much shorter shoots.
The produce clerk blamed the Gold King Mine toxic waste spill (not by name, but I assume that’s what he was talking about), but I can find nothing that says any agriculture was impacted by that. In fact, most of what I found indicated that by the time the water got past Lake Mead, it was back to normal.
So what gives? Does anyone here know why scallions have shot up in price and down in quality? Are there any other similar produce price jumps?