30% more expensive are fruits and vegetables for preparing winter food this year. To buy or grow produce – what is more profitable for us.
And this year, Maria Dimitrova will preserve produce bought from the neighborhood store or the cooperative market in Blagoevgrad. She estimates that this fall, her winter clothes will be about BGN 60 more expensive than last year.
“I put a lot of winter food, because homemade is different. BGN 2.80 a kilogram of gherkins, last year they were 1.20-1.60”, commented Maria Dimitrova, a pensioner.
Grandma Veneta from the village of Leshko will have the same expenses as last year. In her cellar, the canned fruits and vegetables will be homemade again this winter.
“We buy peppers, tomatoes, leeks, potatoes. It’s cheaper, sugar and oil are expensive for us, our vegetables are cheap, I pay BGN 15 for water, and if I go to buy them, I won’t buy the products for BGN 15 “, says Veneta, a pensioner.
Fruit and vegetable sellers at the Blagoevgrad market are reporting fewer and fewer customers. The reason, according to them, is the new, albeit minimal increase in vegetables.
“When the oil rises, so do we smoothly and slightly up. The extra quality pink tomato costs from 3.50 to 4 BGN, for peppers 2.70 retail, 2.50 per carton. Every year they reduce to making jars, more and more less and less, it’s not like they filled sacks at one time,” said Lyubcho Dimitrov, a merchant.
Most merchants at the cooperative market in Blagoevgrad sell mainly Bulgarian products.
Although its price is slightly higher than the import, the few remaining customers want to buy only the better quality Bulgarian goods.
See more in Ali Misankov’s report.