Is it just my corner of the country (northern Arizona) or has eggplant gotten ridiculously expensive in the past month? Used to be able to buy them for $1.50, sometimes on sale for $1.00, now they're $3.50 - if the store has them at all. I'd say it's a seasonal thing except I buy them year-round and don't remember them ever being this expensive. Did a web search but couldn't find any news of crop failure. This is putting a serious crimp in my meal rotation!