January 27, 2020 at 06:00PM by CWC

If you’ve scanned every corner of the produce aisle trying to scout out arugula with no luck, a trip to the eye doctor isn’t necessary. It’s not there, and you’re not the only one who hasn’t been able to find it. Veggie lovers all across the country, from New York City to Seattle, are experiencing the horrors of arugulaless shopping carts too.

The internet has been up in arms about the lack of the popular salad staple in grocery stores lately, even sparking a (pretty amusing) post on Reddit that dubbed the situation “The Great Arugula Shortage of January 2020.” While your other greens seem to be stocked and ready to eat per usual, there’s a simple explanation behind why this bitter variety is nowhere to be found: Austin360 reports prolonged, cool wet weather has damaged some of the prime growers’ crops, causing a shortage that either leaves the shelves empty or provides so little arugula that it’s sold out way too quickly. It’s like reliving the cauliflower gnocchi shortage all over again—something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

Luckily, there’s another way to score some greens if your local grocery store is lacking the veggie: head to your nearest farmers market. Even though mass producers are experiencing a lack of product, local farms are still going strong. Sure, this is a tough time—no one wants to go without their favorite type of salad. But for now, you might be better off grabbing the kale or spinach instead.

Top your greens—no matter the kind!—with this medicinal mushroom salad dressing:

These are the healthy dinner recipes doctors make every week—arugula salads, included. The find out how to make a vegan green soup that’s high in fiber, iron, and calcium due to being loaded with leafy greens and fragrant herbs.

Author Tehrene Firman | Well and Good
Selected by CWC

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