It's a balancing act for Israelis to stay afloat.
In the last few weeks the price of food has gone way up.
The grocery bill is said to be 16% higher now.
And then came the cucumber shortage, pushing the retail price for them up by 150%.
Oi, and we are a nation that eats salad even for breakfast!
Some say a few recent cool nights affected growth and caused the shortage.
Others blame it on not enough foreign workers.
The secretary general of the Vegetable Growers Association said that due to the shortage of a steady supply of farm laborers to harvest the
crop, and the reluctance of the government to increase the number of
visas granted to foreign agricultural workers, farmers have cut back on
their planting of cucumbers, a labor-intensive crop, by 30%.
(Photos are from last spring's AgriTech exhibition in Tel Aviv.)
UPDATE: The day after this post I went to Machane Yehuda shuk (market) and bought a kilo of cucumbers for 4.50 shekels. That's only $1.20. The price was a bit above normal but still affordable.
Supermarkets would charge a lot more, I imagine.