WINNIPEG – Somebody has robbed an entire cucumber patch!
No, this isn’t the plot of some children’s tale.
In fact, one veggie vendor says it’s a worrisome sign that vegetable thefts are on the rise.
Erin Crampton from Crampton’s Market says she heard word of the theft from her supplier.
“We were about to go to the farmer’s market and sell all their cucumbers for three bucks a pound, which is the high price for the beginning of the season. They went in to go and harvest them and the whole patch had already been harvested.”
That’s 550 pounds of cucumbers, worth about $1,700.
Crampton points out that stealing from farmers is actually a lot of hard work, so whoever did the deed was well-prepared and likely wasn’t alone.
“I would think that, if you’re a thief, there’s much easier ways to get your money than going and harvest, which is labour-intensive, and then go and sell the product. But I guess there’s also no way to prove that it’s a stolen item. There’s no barcode, there’s nothing to trace it.”
Crampton has also heard of apple trees getting picked clean in the night. She suggests the next time you go to a farmers market, ask where their produce came from to be sure they weren’t the byproduct of grand theft veggie.