Value of Vegetables

The price of vegetables is on the rise. While it may only seem to be a few extra cents for each item, it adds up. Thankfully, there are ways around those prices.

During World War I and World War II, the U.S. faced a wounded economy. With thousands of troops fighting across the Atlantic Ocean, the country was forced to ration food for Americans at home. Many of those foods were vegetables.

To help offset the limited amount of vegetables, the government encouraged citizens to keep victory gardens where they could grow and harvest their own vegetables. The program was a huge success. Between 1939 and 1941, victory gardens produced more than 9 million tons of fruits and vegetables, which nearly matched the amount of the country's commerical production.

Although the U.S. is not facing the same circumstances it did during the two world wars, it doesn't change the fact that produce prices are ever-increasing. Thankfully, there are alternatives.

Vegetable gardening can still benefit people financially and even physically. The University of Florida has its own garden that students and Gainesville residents can rent out for a semester.

Meanwhile, buying produce locally at the Union Street Farmer's Market can provide entertainment, save money and support local farmers.