I have lived in Asheville for a little more than a year and love it. One of the reasons I moved from New England was because of the cost of living. I bought a darling house for a price that wouldn't be possible up North.
However, I find the food here to be extraordinarily expensive. I just spent $71 on food for one person and one small dog, and it won't last for a full week.
I was looking for Romano cheese for grating. An ordinary brand cost $14.95 per pound. In Rhode Island I could buy it imported from Italy at half the cost. Goodbye cheese, goodbye organic vegetables, goodbye to the quality of food I am used to eating. Plus the food is slapped with a high sales tax that is regressive.
How do the poor eat well down here?
— Aurel Peterson