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Why are fruits and vegetables so expensive in Wilmington?

Patricia Matson

Nathan Holleman, assistant director/horticulture marketing at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, didn’t have comparative price statistics. But he said Wilmington might have higher consumer prices for food and other products “due to vendor perception that consumers will pay more” because of the city’s location on the coast and its status as a tourist designation.

“Certainly there are many farms located near Wilmington. Some of their production could be under contract and destined for locations or warehouse distribution centers other than there. I’ve heard that some of the produce needs, in particular, for Wilmington are actually met from farms in South Carolina. It just depends on where stores can get a steady supply of products to meet their needs. Wilmington is at the far end of the state, so transportation could also factor in to higher costs,” said Holleman.

He encouraged consumers to shop around to find the best available prices.

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3 Responses to “ Why are fruits and vegetables so expensive in Wilmington?”

  1. On July 23, 2010 at 11:42 am Paul Stephen wrote:

    While supermarket prices can be crazy, don’t feel like you have to break the bank to eat well around Wilmington. There are at least four independent, locally owned places where you can get great buys like tomatoes for $.99/pound or bell peppers 2/$1. Try Country Fresh Produce, La Huerta Produce, Eagle Island Produce and the veggie market at the Starway Flea Market on the weekend, you won’t be disappointed!





  2. On July 27, 2010 at 4:35 am Anne Russell wrote:

    A solution: plant your own garden! Wilmington’s soil and climate are friendly to fruits and vegetables. If you don’t like store prices, grown your own! We have abundant figs, pears, tomatoes, peppers, corn, eggplant, squash, broccoli, lettuce, beans, and other crops according to season. Put in some sweat equity and reduce your grocery bills (along with your waistline).

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