I have been meaning to detail exactly how expensive food is up here and today, I finally did. These prices are from Cambridge Bay’s locally owned Co-op, one of two “department stores” here. The other option is Northern which is ‘related’ (in a corporate kind of way) to North Mart, which is basically the Walmart of the north.
In any case, here’s prices from some groceries that I commonly buy… you’ll probably note the absence of any meat products. Apologies, but not really. (I didn’t see any country food at either store either – Kitikmeot Foods – is the place to go for country food anyways).
As well, there is a shortage of fruits and vegetables – mostly because the produce selection was limited, and not that yummy looking.
- $9.89 for grapes (they were pretty brown, too…)
- $4.09 for eggs
- $17.99 for a 900g block of cheese
- $5.39 for a loaf of bread (the white, nutrient-reduced kind)
- $12.99 for 1.89 L of cran juice
- $4.39 for Earl Grey tea
- $5.19 for 900g of rotini
- $18.99 for jumbo Rice Krispies
- $8.69 for 350g of Crispix
- $8.79 for stoned wheat thin crackers
- $44.99 for 10kgs of flour
- $13.49 for 4L of milk
- $5.49 for blackberries
Food costs is just one of the contributing reasons to poverty and unhealthy diets…
Stay tuned for a comparison blog post from Iqaluit!