You may not have heard, but we are in the midst of a massive potato shortage right now. As a result of rising temperatures and a series of extreme weather events from Idaho, the supply of potato varieties such as Russett and Baker’s has fallen by as much as 35%.
As a result, supermarkets at farmers’ markets have put limits on the number of puddings a single customer can buy — one supermarket in West Plainfield, New Jersey only allows customers to buy three potatoes at a time.
On top of everything else, potatoes have been subject to the same inflation that affects many common foods. Figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated that a pound of potatoes costs 8.6% more than in 2021, while chips cost an average of $5.62 for 16 ounces.