Next time you go to grab a sub you may notice a sign mentioning that either lettuce is in short supply or completely out. The reason? There is currently a nationwide shortage of lettuce.
The main cause of the shortage is due to high temperatures and disease that affected the amount of iceberg and romaine availability. Adding insult to injury, lettuce was also deprioritized for growing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A lettuce shortage will add to the overall increasing costs for groceries for consumers and restaurants. According to TastingTable.com, certain Subway restaurants are already out of lettuce, which is a staple to their menu.
Though when a problem arises, solutions can be found. Mixed greens have become a popular replacement for the lack of lettuce in restaurants as of now. For an end date of when the shortage will be over, not anytime soon.