This year California is under one of the severest droughts in history. What does that have to do with us here in New York. A great deal. California is the main supplier of almonds, walnuts, fruits and vegetables for the entire country. They are under severe water restrictions. Land is being left empty. Fruit and nut trees are being cut down or de-fruited because they don't have the water to make a crop.
What does this mean? Increased expense for all food in the stores now and through the winter.
What can you do about it? Buy what you need locally and preserve it: freeze, can and dry.
If you don't know how to do this ask a relative, neighbor, friend. Cornell Cooperative Extension has educational programs. Go on line.
If you don't own a freezer buy one. Make jam. Dry fruit and vegetables for snacks and soups. There are lots of options to fill your "larder" now so you will have plenty of nutritious food in the months ahead.