Are you scrambling to find eggs? You’re not alone. Many grocery stores are out of stock, and if they have eggs, the price tag might shock you.
Based on averages from the USDA, a dozen large, grade AA, white eggs in Southern California costs $6.59-$6.70, but some prices have gone higher in San Diego County — up to $10. This compares to a state average of $2.73 on Jan. 20, 2022, exactly one year ago.
The shortage can be attributed to national supply issues stemming from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) — aka bird flu — that resulted in the loss of millions of egg-laying hens. But, if the shortage has you ready to crack, you can:
- Buy from local farms like Eben-Haezer Egg Ranch, Yasukochi Family Farms, or San Diego Farmers Outlet.
- Shop at times with fewer customers, like morning or late night hours.
- Have eggs served to you — need a brunch idea?