This year the spring season was unusually short, chilly while the summer was extremely hot and accompanied by heavy rainfall. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the average temperature this past April was the lowest since 1973 at 9.9 degrees Celsius. The average duration of sunshine across the country in April was 176.5 hours ― much shorter than 215 hours last year. [...]Ouch, though a ten-fold increase seems ridiculously steep. Can we be sure the KT got that right? A similar story was on the front page of the Chosun Ilbo Saturday, titled "These days, the scariest words for restaurant owners are "More lettuce, please."" It included this graphic, which has the average retail price for the vegetable over the last five years compared to its retail price on September 10.
In the meantime, the prices of ssam or leafy vegetables for wrap dishes are greatly affecting restaurant owners. Lee Mi-kyung, an owner of two restaurants, says that five kilograms of sangchu or lettuce reached 130,000 won.
At one of her restaurants, she had to stop serving lettuce, replacing it with sesame leaves and small cabbages because of the price hikes.
According to the Seoul Agricultural & Marine Products Corp., the average price of green lettuce auctioned at the Garak market for the last seven days was 40,200 won ― up from 3,943 won during the same period last year.
The statistics above suggest the price for lettuce has increased three times, while someone interviewed in the Chosun article described an increase from 14,000 won (for 4kg of lettuce) last year to 60-70,000 won this year (or it would if there wasn't one too many '만's in it: '1만4000만원').
I can't say I've ever seen a Korean Hare, but I don't imagine they'd be popular with farmers this year. Oddly enough, if you put that last sentence in a mirror, you might end up with this.