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Price of celery drops by almost half in Canadian grocery stores

File photo: Beto Pina bites into a stalk of celery while working the fields Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, on the Deardorff-Jackson Co. farm near Fillmore, Calif. The price of celery has roughly doubled thanks to heavy rains and a fad diet promoting the healing properties of the vegetable once juiced. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Ric Francis
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Production has also picked up in some places south of the border


Canada is now producing enough that we no longer have to import as much from the U.S.


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Your grocery bill is about to go down, at least by a bit.

After spiking two months ago, the price of celery has dropped by about half.

Sylvain Charlebois, professor of Food Distribution and Policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says Canada is now producing enough that we no longer have to import as much from the U.S.

“Our own agriculture was going to pick up the pace, so supplies are not necessarily an issue anymore domestically,” he says. “We’re in July in Canada, so take advantage of bargains for local produce.”

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Production has also picked up in some places south of the border.

“The dollar has remained somewhat at the same level so it really hasn’t penalized food importers in Canada to import celery, and production overseas, and in particular in the U.S., has picked up, especially in Arizona,” he says.

Produce prices are expected to remain stable for the rest of the summer. Charlebois suggests taking advantage of buying cheaper greens now as opposed to the winter, when prices may go up again.