It's not news that you pay for your food to be processed by somebody else, but last week at the fruit market I was surprised to find out how steep the markup was.
plain old corn in its husk -- 99 cents for two ears
four ears of corn with the husks removed, wrapped in plastic -- $4.99 -- 52% markup
red peppers -- 3.49 a pound
peppers cut into bite-sized pieces -- 5.99 a pound -- 72% markup
peppers cut into rings -- 9.99 a pound -- 186% markup!!