Florida produce prices on the rise after cold snap


Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 8:13 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 8:13 a.m.

MIAMI — Crops damaged during the record cold snap in Florida earlier this month means state-grown produce will be more expensive.

State agricultural officials and grocers say the crops that were hit the hardest and likely to see the biggest jump in prices were: sweet corn, green beans, squash, cucumbers, melons and tomatoes.

Alex Munoz, owner of Brother's Farmers Market in Hollywood, says he can't even get basil. Two weeks ago, he was paying $10 a case for green beans and $7 for yellow squash. Now it's up to $47 for the beans and $44 for the squash.

State agriculture officials say it's too early to say how much of a loss Florida faces. The state supplies three-quarters of the nation's fruit and vegetables during the winter months.

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