CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A nearly 50 percent increase in vegetable prices should ease in coming weeks as farmers deliver more tomatoes, lettuce and other crops to grocers.

Prices shot up last month after cold weather destroyed winter vegetables in the southern U.S. and Mexico. From tomatoes in Florida to lettuce in Arizona, fruit and vegetables became frostbitten, and prices rose.

Grocers and farmers say they expect crops planted after winter freezes to reach stores in the next few weeks. That’s expected to bring prices down.

In the meantime, shoppers say they’re paying more for groceries while farmers say the higher prices they’re getting have offset the loss of many of their crops.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Kelly Reade says:

    I understand the difficulty that farmers face and many of our nations farmers are treated pretty poorly it seems as far as taxes and government relief. I would have much rather seen farm bail-outs than bank bail-outs. But as a low income party, it will definitely be a HUGE weight off our shoulders to pay less for vegetables again. It is a poor state of affairs when McDonald’s is cheaper than feeding our families healthy foods.

    1. Me says:

      I could not agree more!

  2. Me says:

    They say this but the prices never come back down. Remember several years ago all the tomatoes were damaged and prices went up “temporarily” yet they haven’t gone down. Then it was the freeze that killed the avocados. Before they were always 5 or 6 for a dollar and would go on sale in the summer for 10 for a dollar. Now they are a dollar each and it has been YEARS! Then it was strawberries. Then it was the oranges. Same thing.

    The prices aren’t going to go down. It used to be less expensive to feed your family a healthy meal that to buy junk. Now the junk is cheaper! No wonder we have an obesity problem in this country!

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